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Russia dodges blanket doping ban

Posted July 26, 2016

Mihir Bose talks to Channel 4 about why sports can no longer be self-regulated, and the need for an independent body to oversee sporting activities.

IOC decides not to ban Russia

Posted July 26, 2016

Mihir Bose interviewd BBC Radio Scotland analyses why the IOC did not ban Russia from Rio and the link between politicans and sport administrators.

Veteran British Olympians push for total ban on Russia

Posted July 25, 2016

The Sunday Times

24 July 2016 Leading British Olympians have warned the International Olympic Committee (IOC) not to “shirk” its responsibilities as a member of the governing body revealed fears that it would not impose a blanket ban on Russian athletes competing at the Rio Games.

The former swimmer Sharron Davies, javelin thrower Tessa Sanderson and long-distance runner David Bedford all urged the IOC to impose the blanket ban this weekend amid speculation the organisation’s president wants individual sports federations to decide Russia’s fate.

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Sochi and the lessons Brazil can learn

Posted February 17, 2014

On the face of it a winter Games should hold no lessons for a summer football World cup. Yet Sochi 2014 does have lessons for Brazil 2014 and it would be unwise of the Brazilians to ignore what is taking place along the Black Sea.

Brazil it must be said starts with an advantage that Sochi could never have had. For anyone interested in football Brazil is the home of football. England may have invented the game and framed the rules but Brazil, at least since the 1950 World Cup which as it happens was held in Brazil, has defined all that is good and glorious in the round ball game. Even those devoted to their national team feel somewhat comforted that their team has lost to Brazil and not some other nation. No team generates such a feeling in any sport with the possible exception of the All Blacks in rugby. And in Pele, Brazilians have a name that dwarfs everyone else in football. Even those who know little about Brazil, let alone football, know who Pele is. Pele is not just a name but a symbol and, in the sporting world, probably more powerful than even the Samba in defining the international image of Brazil.

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Sochi has a Hollywood story but it goes against the Olympic idea

Posted February 13, 2014

The most remarkable thing about Sochi is not its horrendous cost, or that it has brought back a touch of the cold war of Russia v the West, but that it has stood the whole idea of the Olympics on its head.

This very special idea is that a city, not a country, hosts the Games. The city may prove an inadequate host, as some have done, but what is taken for granted is that the city existed before it launched a bid. However, Sochi 2014 is the first time a city was created to host the Olympics after the bid was won.

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