As soon as Roger Federer did his trademark drop to his knees in tears after victory over Robin Soderling at the 2009 French Open, the tennis fraternity were already proclaiming him to be the greatest tennis player ever. Is this justified, or is it in fact a typical media attempt to make everything s
What is the purpose of having the Olympic Games? What is the purpose of elite sports? "Citius, Altius, Fortius" (faster, higher, stronger) is the motto of the Olympics. Why do we want to have Olympic heroes that go faster, higher (although not "higher" as in doped) and stronger? We want to have some
Surely anything that will lead to fair decisions, help the decision-makers, and stop doubts and controversy has to be a good thing? It works in other sports. Ok, that's not what football officialdom thinks, but what do they know? Cost arguments? Slow down the game arguments? Technology not reliable
‘Olympism’ is the embodiment of a Eurocentric, racist ideology upon which various Olympic hosts draw to produce a public image addressed to the rest of the world. This has been true from the first modern Olympics to the current day. Should we let this continue?
UFC is a brutal exhibition of machismo with no place in the modern world. It’s gory, and bloodthirsty and no better than watching a car wreck as it happens. It brings out the worst in its audience and should be banned for encouraging violence.
The BBC recently ran a story regarding University sports clubs initiation ceremonies. These initiations involved behaviour perceived to be unacceptable in our current society, that included drinking alcohol to excess, vomiting, humiliating acts and bullying.
46 fights. 46 wins. The Pride of Wales has beaten everyone put in his path including American greats Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jnr. Yet, due to the fact that he is Welsh, fought only a handful of times in America and called a "slapper" boxer, he is not as well known or respected as he perhaps sh
Football is the most global sport; you can find people playing it from the favelas of Brazil to the new megacities of Asia. However it is very much a tribal game, you support your team and sometimes your country against all comers. This can result in outbreaks of violence and hooliganism when two se
Earlier this summer I took my wife and two-year old daughter to a minor league baseball game. In between innings there was a contest on the field involving several contestants racing on bouncy inflatable horses. The song “PONY” by Ginuwine blared over the loud speakers throughout the race. The m
One of the greatest sporting shows on earth is underway in South Africa. The football has so far not been as good as might have been expected but what are the benefits to the hosts? The Olympics in particular used to be known as an event that often leaves a city that hosts the event in significant d
It's been estimated Britain had to invest around £15m for each gold medal won. With similar figures coming from Australia – and presumably other countries too – the question is, is this money well spent? Are we getting a good return on investment or should we put our limited resources elsewhe