Olympics Features

NEIL WILSON: Olympic bans must stick - for the sake of sport

Posted January 17th 2018.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will hear the appeals of Russian athletes next week © CAS THE NEIL WILSON COLUMN / An exclusive, authoritative series from Sports Features Communications (SFC) The  Court of Arbitration for Sport will devote all of next week to hearing the appeals of 42 Russian winter sport athletes against their bans by the ... read more

JOHN GOODBODY: IOC gets a break with PyeongChang 2018 Games highlighting the peace potential of sport

Posted January 10th 2018.

North and South Korea made great strides today to bridge the gap between the two countries with sport © Getty Images THE JOHN GOODBODY COLUMN / An authoritative and exclusive series from Sports Features Communications (SFC) Dr Thomas Bach has needed some good news. And now it looks as if he has got it. The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ... read more

NEIL WILSON: Graham unwise to signal Olympic Boycott for PyeongChang 2018

Posted January 6th 2018.

Lindsey Graham, Republican senator for South Carolina © Getty Images THE NEIL WILSON COLUMN / An exclusive, authoritative series from Sports Features Communications (SFC) When will politicians learn. Olympic boycotts do not work. The latest to forget the lessons of history is Lindsey Graham, Republican senator for South Carolina. Graham reacted ... read more

JOHN GOODBODY: IOC must be pro-active over Russian whistleblower

Posted December 29th 2017.

Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov put his own safety at risk and even went on camera in the Netflix movie Icarus by Bryan Fogel © Netflix THE JOHN GOODBODY COLUMN / An authoritative and exclusive series from Sports Features Communications (SFC) Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov is a brave man. As the former head of Moscow's anti-doping laboratory, he fled his home country and gave evidence showing how the ... read more

NEIL WILSON: A Christmas wish for the Olympic Movement

Posted December 22nd 2017.

PyeongChang 2018 is right around the corner starting February 9th @ PyeongChang 2018 THE NEIL WILSON COLUMN / An exclusive, authoritative series from Sports Features Communications (SFC) The International Olympic Committee gave itself an early Christmas present this week. It established a taskforce to tackle corruption. Not before time, you might say. 2017 has ... read more

JOHN GOODBODY: Ruling on skaters may impact on other sports

Posted December 14th 2017.

The European Commission is looking into the ISU's penalties on skaters in commercial events © European Union THE JOHN GOODBODY COLUMN / An authoritative and exclusive series from Sports Features Communications (SFC) In international football, the name of Jean-Marc Bosman has special significance. It is not because the Belgian player was particularly distinguished. He is not known for ... read more

NEIL WILSON: IOC fails to make the punishment fit the crime

Posted December 7th 2017.

The Russian Olympic Committee © Getty Images THE NEIL WILSON COLUMN / An exclusive, authoritative series from Sports Features Communications(SFC) Here is a prediction - there will be as many Russians at the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang as there were at their last overseas Games in Vancouver ... read more

JOHN GOODBODY: Decision day for IOC - don't stuff it up

Posted November 29th 2017.

PyeongChang is set to open the 2018 Winter Games in 100 days © POCOG THE JOHN GOODBODY COLUMN / An authoritative and exclusive series from Sports Features Communications (SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) should be the guardian of morals in sport and the integrity of competition at the Games. Whereas the international federations have ... read more

Olympics: EOC General Assembly closes with new president and Executive Committee

Posted November 25th 2017.

The EOC General Assembly in Zagreb © EOC Sports Features Communications (SFC) The European Olympic Committees (EOC) General Assembly wrapped up today in Zagreb, Croatia with newly elected President President Janez Kocijancic and a new Executive Committee (EC) for the 2017-2021 quadrennial. Following a tie in the election yesterday for ... read more

NEIL WILSON: Why is Olympic bidding still so expensive?

Posted November 22nd 2017.

Calgary was home to the 1988 Olympics © Bigstock THE NEIL WILSON COLUMN / An exclusive, authoritative series from Sports Features Communications (SFC) Calgary city council decided this week to spend a further CAD$2 million on exploring whether to bid to host the Winter Olympic Games for a second time ... read more