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OpEd: Brisbane 2032 Signals an Olympic Shift

March 12, 2021

The selection of a new Olympic host city generates worldwide interest and speculation. Michael Pirrie, a founding member of London’s bid of the 2012 Games, looks at the elusiv...

Promoting vs Policing Sport: 'Fox in Henhouse' Analogy Never More Apt - OpEd

February 25, 2021

By Ben Nichols In an often bewilderingly bureaucratic industry for one that, on the surface at least, should stand to be modern, progressive and forward-thinking, the Olymp...

OpEd: The Tough-on-doping Mantra is not a Catchphrase - It's a Prerequisite for Weightlifting's Survival

February 22, 2021

Exclusive OpEd for Around the Rings By Ursula Papandrea As the doping issues of recent years have turned into crises and full-blown scandals, it has been a catchphrase to...

OpEd: How Low Do Federations Sink Before the IOC Steps In?

February 18, 2021

The IWF is the new benchmark and I’m with the IOC – a new reformist presidency is desperately needed. by Callum Skinner Exclusive to Around the Rings Callum Skinner w...

Social Media Helped Turn Teqball from Garage Game to Global Sport: ATR Extra

January 31, 2021

by Viktor Huszar Teqball is the brainchild of three Hungarians – Gábor Borsányi, Gyuri Gattyán and me. Our teqball journey was inspired by the memories of growing up pla...

IOC, Tokyo 2020 Need to Instill Confidence in Fans - OpEd

January 25, 2021

by Everen T. Brown Last week’s simple and bold IOC press release stating the Games will take place “regardless” is not enough for people who have money invested in tickets,...

OpEd - Taking a Pounding: A Stellar Clean Sport Careerist Who Said What People Thought

January 15, 2021

By Ben Nichols, former Senior Media Relations Manager for WADA It was during my morning commute to Montreal’s Stock Exchange Tower on the second day of my WADA tenure in Ju...

The Opinionist: The Year the Curtains Came Down on World Sport & Its Olympics Showpiece

January 01, 2021

After a year like no other, Michael Pirrie charts the devastating impact of the coronavirus on world sport and the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games, and outlines the sporting hig...

ICYMI: Thoughts on Paris 2024 Sport Program; Panam Sports vs. Pandemic

December 20, 2020

#ICYMI -- In Case You Missed It ... Sometimes the best stories don't get the attention we think they deserve. Here are our staff picks for articles this week they really want ...

Paris 2024 Sport Program: A Young Person's Review

December 15, 2020

George Washington University student Filip Vachuda offers this analysis of changes to the 2024 Olympic sport program and what they could mean for the future of the Games. B...

The Opinionist: How Sports Shaped Joe Biden

December 01, 2020

From a meeting with Sebastian Coe to the Invictus Games for wounded veterans, Michael Pirrie has observed the way U.S. President elect Joe Biden has found links to sport. M...

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