From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
Brazil’s preparations for the World Cup and Olympic Games have run into further trouble after the authorities indefinitely closed a Rio de Janeiro stadium because of roof problems.
Has Australia had enough of scandal? Swimming is the latest sport to cross the divide from the back to the front page of the paper and have the tag of ‘crisis’ tacked on to every report.
Swimming world champion James Magnussen admits he made mistakes and could have carried himself better during a controversial London Olympic campaign but says his failure to win a gold medal has made him stronger.
National Olympic chief John Coates has renewed calls for investigators to be given power to compel witnesses to give evidence in the fight against doping in Australian sport.
$17,000 can buy a brand new Nissan Micra, a year’s private school fees. Or, in Melanie Schlanger’s case, three Olympic medals.
Oscar Pistorius has shot himself in the blade.
Australia’s Olympic swimmers have been asked to take part in an inquiry into the country’s performance in London, as well as admitting they underestimated the pressure the Games would bring.
It’s been called the social media Olympics – the first time audiences have had such unfettered access to the doings of athletes in real time – but it’s not all for the best, the Australian swimming team say.
Following the conclusion of what many consider the most successful Olympics in modern times in London 2012, attention now turns to Rio 2016, where the Olympic movement welcomes back two controversial sports into the fold.
Olympic cycling gold medallist Anna Meares has checked out of London, her new Games jewel securely stored for the trip home to Australia.
Valerie Adams was tearful when she learned she’d won gold in the Olympic women’s shot put after the winner was exposed as a drugs cheat.
After a dazzling week of track and field, the London Olympics have drawn to a close. While we at home battle through a post-euphoric haze of sleep deprivation, it’s the perfect time to pull the freshly-minted memories out and give them a quick polish before they go back in the sock drawer.
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Channel Ten has been awarded by the IOC the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, acquiring broadcast rights across all media platforms in Australia.
This week’s stunning Olympic revelation that all running events are likely to be be scrapped from 2020 on would make Baron DeCoubertin turn in his grave.
When the USA took on Australia in basketball at the Olympics a couple of weeks back it brought the sport back into the Australian media spotlight for 24 hours.
So has post-Olympic depression sunk in? Is the thought of any other sporting event not living up to the highs of London?
Having won a gold Logie himself it satisfies a certain logic that Karl Stafanovic should have been at the helm of Australia’s charge toward a more elusive kind of gold.
After two weeks of contemplating such pressing questions as, “do Channel Nine realise that football is an Olympic sport?”, “what the hell is going on in the men’s pole vault?” and “are Kobe and Stephanie ‘doing it’?”, normal programming has resumed.
As London 2012 nicks off out of our lives forever, let’s quickly take stock before the local footy ogre takes over and ponder what the Olympics mean to us all.
I think it’s safe to say that many, if not the majority of Australians, believe the Australian Olympic campaign was a failure, purely based on a lack of gold medals.
It has been very tough to be an Australian in London in recent weeks, with everyone from Chris Hoy to your next-door neighbour to Frank flaming Spencer walking about with a gold medal around their neck.
So the Olympics are over and many people are reflecting on the moments, good and bad, that made up the Games of the XXXth Olympiad.
With the hot Rio sun will come three new sports to the Olympic Spectrum: golf, kite-surfing, and rugby sevens.
Like a great many Australians, I have achieved nothing in the sporting sense. As a cricketer, I was once out caught and hit wicket off the same delivery.