• By Declan Hill
    18.10.2010 /
    China is a text-book case of why you cannot wait to uproot corruption. The Chinese soccer leagues are a national disgrace and an international joke. Do not take my word for it. The top Chinese politican – President Hu Jintao – has declared his embarrassment over the state of their sport. However, the Chinese government has waited far too long to fight it.
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    11.10.2010 /
    Yet again, the Nobel Peace Prize did not go to the IOC. This year the prize went to Liu Xiaobo – the Chinese dissident – who criticized those who wanted to boycott the Beijing Olympics because that would deteriorate the human rights situation in China.
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    24.09.2010 /
    With kids in sports, parents struggle with two images of reality. Either you see your child – or the children of others – as talented or as hopeless cases. Many parents easily see that a child is talented. What most people mean by talent is that the child can be great when she/he enters adulthood. Children’s talents are thus seen in the context of an adult world.
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    10.09.2010 /
    Tony Blair's book "A Journey" has put the spotlight back on his controversial time as Prime Minister. In the memoir, Blair exposes himself and people he has met, and of course it is his relationship with Gordon Brown and his decision to support the U.S. in the war in Iraq that has so far received the most attention.
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    07.09.2010 /
    In less than two years time, London will host the 2012 Olympic Games, and, as hosts, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (GB) can enter a team without needing to qualify. Author and journalist Steve Menary comments on the composition of the GB team.
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    02.09.2010 /
    The most important battle in football this fall is not between Norway and Portugal or Barcelona and Real Madrid. It is the battle between the great powers that seek to host the World Cup in 2018 and 2022.
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    27.08.2010 /
    Last Sunday Ali Karimi - aka Asia's Maradona – was fired from the Tehran team Steel Azin FC for not fasting during Ramadan. Karimi is no ‘nobody’ in Iran. He is the second most merited on the national team, third on the top scorer list and was voted Asia's best player in Iran in 2004.
  • By Laura Robinson
    24.08.2010 /
    In the buildup to the Vancouver Olympics, Canadians were shocked to learn that the IOC could legally discriminate against female ski jumpers because their contract with VANOC resided in Switzerland, and gave the IOC carte blanche in terms of deciding what sports and events would be in the Games.
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    28.07.2010 /
    The disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has left its clear mark on David Cameron's visit to Washington. The biggest oil disaster of our time overshadows the war in Afghanistan and the financial crisis that the two countries are battling with. In the U.S., BP has become a term of abuse like "french fries" was that after France's protest against U.S. warfare in Iraq.
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    21.07.2010 /
    The World Cup is undoubtedly over. It is time for reflection. I want to speculate on the future of the football World Cup based on this year's tournament. Will the World Cup be destroyed by political disputes?

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