Coming clean – can sport regain our trust?

Influence Magazine

Drugs scandals, institutional corruption and jail time for former stars – sport’s reputation has taken a pounding. It’s time to explain what’s been going on…

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No three modern athletes could be more

different than Victoria Pendleton, Maria Sharapova and Adam Johnson. The first is a double gold medal-winning Olympic track cyclist; Sharapova a Grand Slam tennis champion; and Johnson a footballer whose skills earned him 12 England caps and £60,000 a week.

Yet they share one thing in common: they all are – or were – considered role models in society.

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West Ham deal exposes the moral vacuum at the heart of UK politics

Inside World Football

The great gift the London Legacy Development Corporation, chaired by Boris Johnson, has given West Ham football club is the sort of gift that makes the money that David Cameron’s mother gave him to help avoid inheritance tax look like chicken feed. It also exposes the fact that when it comes to the national game not only are our political masters grossly unfair, favouring some clubs while penalising the vast majority, but there is also a huge question of whether football has lost its moral compass.

The details of the deal finally revealed, due to the exemplary tenacity of football fans, should come as no surprise. Many of us suspected it, Barry Hearn has for more than two years been shouting from the rooftops that Hammers got amazing sweeteners and, in recent months, there have been media disclosures. Even then the details now confirmed take the breath away.

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From Midnight to Glorious Morning?

My new book about how India has changed since my birth in 1947 is to be published very shortly in Delhi. Details of how you can purchase it in India will be provided soon.  

Next year India celebrates 70 years of freedom and this is a perfect moment to look back at where India was and what has happened since that midnight August moment when it emerged as an independent country.



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