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The Opinionist: Winning Isn't Everything - Counting the High Price of Cheating in Sport

December 18, 2018

By Michael Pirrie Sport has long helped to anchor Australia’s place in the world, and the nation’s cricket team has been its most successful sporting export in recent times...

OpEd: Olympians must speak up to preserve values of Olympism

November 10, 2018

Joel Bouzou, president, World Olympians Association (ATR) Olympians are part of a special community within the Olympic Family, giving them the unique opportunity to harness t...

The Opinionist: Why Everyone's Just Wild About Prince Harry and His Invictus Games

October 22, 2018

“Winning can be about a lot more than winning medals. Winning is about just doing better, and doing something that you have not done before - that’s when you see the spirit of...

OpEd: Two Years Out, Tokyo 2020 Keeping Its Promise

July 23, 2018

(ATR) When Tokyo bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics it promised “a safe pair of hands” to the IOC. ATR Editor Ed Hula in Tokyo with a TV news crew (ATR) With two years to g...

OpEd: Remembering Peter Norman

June 21, 2018

by Michael Pirrie Fifty years on, the often forgotten man at the center of one of the most controversial, dramatic and transformational moments in the history of the modern...

OpEd: Minsk 2019 One Year to Go

June 21, 2018

By Janez Kocijančič, EOC President 21 June 2018 EOC president Janez Kocijančič (EOC) One year from today, over 4,000 of the best athletes from all 50 European National ...

Commonwealth Games Furor -- The Opinionist

April 17, 2018

(ATR) The Commonwealth Games come to a controversial close April 15 in Gold Coast, Australia. Michael Pirrie Around the Rings Opinionist Michael Pirrie says the storm of ...

OpEd: Women's Rights are Human Rights, and Women Have the Right to Equality in Sport

April 09, 2018

By Donna de Varona Donna de Varona (Twitter/@devarona64) The United Nations (UN) International Day of Sport For Development and Peace (April 6) reminds us of the unifyin...

OpEd: Cricket Controversy Smashes Trust in Sport

March 29, 2018

By Michael Pirrie The scandal that has engulfed Australia in recent days doesn’t involve the publication of national security secrets on Facebook; a new international repor...

OpEd: Welcome to the Brave New World of Cold War Sport

March 23, 2018

By Michael Pirrie The politics and speculation surrounding the attempted murder of former Russia double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a crippling nerve agent i...

The Life and Times of Roger Bannister: An Appreciation

March 05, 2018

Roger Bannister in 2003 at the launch of the bid for London 2012. (ATR) Michael Pirrie is an international Olympic and major events communications advisor and commentator who...

OpEd: Historic Korea Handshake Secures Safety and Success of PyeongChang Games and Athletes

February 12, 2018

By Michael Pirrie Michael Pirrie South Korea – with a lot of help from the North - delivered a joyous and inspiring opening ceremony that transcended the traditional sport...

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