Opposition Leader Claims Russian Jails Revamped for Unruly Soccer Fans

By Eric Mann | Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has claimed that a prison where he was recently detained was renovated to house unruly soccer...

Trump Says North Korea Saved Pyeongchang 2018 from “Massive Failure”

By Dan Palmer | United States President Donald Trump has claimed that North Korea saved the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics from being a "massive failure." He...

Politics Get in the Way of Sports Champion White House Visits

By Evan Weiner | Celebrating sports championships at the White House is generally a jovial time with some jokes and pats on the back in...

Tunisia Barred from 2022 Youth Olympics Bid until Israeli Athletes Welcomed

By Nick Butler | Gaborone in Botswana has joined a four-horse African race to host the 2022 Summer Youth Olympic Games but Tunisia's bid has...

Olympics Showcased Korean Progress, but to Claim Responsibility for Breakthrough is Misguided

By Nick Butler | What a difference a year can make. In May 2017, my colleague David Owen explored the consequences of the Winter Olympics being canceled...

Bach Says Pyeongchang 2018 ‘Opened the Door’ as Agreement to End Korean War Announced

By Daniel Etchells | International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has said Pyeongchang 2018 "opened the door" for today’s historic summit between the leaders of...

IOC ‘Politically Neutral’ on North Korea’s Participation at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

By Daniel Etchells | The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will stay "politically neutral" about North Korea’s involvement at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Coordination...

Iceland Latest to Announce Political Boycott of FIFA World Cup in Russia

By Duncan Mackay | Icelandic politicians will boycott this year's FIFA World Cup in Russia in protest at claims that the Kremlin was behind the...

Owen: The Olympic Truce – What is it Really Good For?

This will probably seem like an odd time for me to write critically about the Olympic truce. Haven’t we just witnessed the Peace Olympics, with...

Pyeongchang 2018: Why Sport, not Politics, will Determine the Winter Olympics’ Destiny

Ten years ago, I was convinced that politics, in the form of China's internal system and place in the world, was set to overshadow...

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