Olympics

Reviving the death mask

16 September 2017 9:00 am

The inimitably pukka voice of Jacob Rees-Mogg echoed through Radio 4 on Thursday morning. He was not, though, talking about…

On the waterfront: The Deep, Hull

How Hull won me over

4 February 2017 9:00 am

James Walton finds a lot to love about this year’s City of Culture – even on a bleak January weekend

The beauty of the Star-Spangled Banner

12 November 2016 9:00 am

There was something unexpectedly moving about hearing not just one but several renditions of the somewhat naive and rose-tinted but…

Could we win back Gordon Brown’s gold at the Olympics?

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Golden years How many Olympic events would Team GB have to win before we could earn back the gold reserves…

Why I’ll keep cheering for Caster Semenya

27 August 2016 9:00 am

An almost worldwide survey on penis length — the sort of thing I always read with a sense of trepidation…

My newest crush is Morgan Lake – the perfect combination of grace, youth and beauty

27 August 2016 9:00 am

OK sports fans, the Games are over, Uncle Sam and Britain hit pay dirt, and the prettiest girl of the…

Why was I able to 'vote' twice in the EU referendum?

20 August 2016 9:00 am

When you vote in Britain, there is a relaxed feeling in the polling stations. This is a long-established part of…

What drives Team GB’s medal machine

20 August 2016 9:00 am

How Britain became an Olympic force

Why isn’t arse quality included in the judging for the diving? The Rio Olympics reviewed

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Stuff I have learnt after two solid weeks watching the Olympics on TV. 1. Tennis and golf shouldn’t be Olympic…

A friend’s philanthropy put me in mind of my dad

20 August 2016 9:00 am

An item in an American newspaper had me thinking of my father all last week. Old dad died 27 years…

The Olympics are wonderful. Pity about the rest of the sport

20 August 2016 9:00 am

It seems like a long time ago, but back in the day, when Sir John Major launched the National Lottery,…

Does an emperor’s illness really bring Japan to a halt?

13 August 2016 9:00 am

The end of an emperor — 82-year-old Emperor Akihito of Japan has announced that he wants to abdicate, partly, he…

Don’t tell me affluence and liberty are the scourge of the West

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Gstaad   ‘He flies through the air with the greatest of ease, that daring young man on the flying trapeze.’…

How Olympia beat the cheats

6 August 2016 9:00 am

What to do about today’s Olympic drug cheats? Since ancient Greeks did not do chemistry, drugs were not a problem.…

Gender-fluid sisters and a hot-wired sword: cheating on an Olympic scale

6 August 2016 9:00 am

With the Olympics almost upon us our thoughts turn inexorably to the art of cheating. And while we should deplore…

How Brazil will get through the Olympics

16 July 2016 9:00 am

The Rio Games are approaching amid a hailstorm of bad news

Stupid attacks on Russia only help Vladimir Putin

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Lazy, bigoted and conspiracy-minded criticisms of Russia only help Vladimir Putin

Making a stand: Archibald Leitch’s drawing for Goodison Park

From mass spectatorship to mass murder: a history of stadiums

25 June 2016 8:00 am

When it comes to mass spectatorship, we’re still living in the world the Romans made. Tom Wilkinson on the history of stadiums

Emil Zátopek at the height of his powers

Emil Zátopek: a legend from athletics’ golden age of innocence

7 May 2016 9:00 am

The story of the Czechoslovak runner Emil Zátopek is a tale from athletics’ age of innocence. Without the aid of…

Downton Abbey on skis: Eddie the Eagle reviewed

2 April 2016 9:00 am

I once forced some pals on a skiing holiday to spend an afternoon off the slopes watching Chalet Girl. Suffice…

Would I have broken my neck for a bit of TV fame?

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Not long ago I was asked if I wanted to participate in a Channel 4 reality show called The Jump.…

Novak Djokovic, the world number one, said that he turned down US$220,000 to throw a match. (Photo: Getty)

This could be the year that sport starts to die

30 January 2016 9:00 am

If sport loses the public’s faith – and it’s starting to – then all its power and glory will fade

The Heckler: why we must stop Thomas Heatherwick's Garden Bridge

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Thomas Heatherwick is the most famous designer in the United Kingdom today and has an unquestionable flair for attention-grabbing creations.…

Should the first modern Olympic drug cheat get to keep his gold?

14 November 2015 9:00 am

A marathon of cheats Russian athletes may be stripped of the medals they won at the 2012 Olympics, but what…

Paula Radcliffe is a victim of our hypocrisy and confusion about drugs and sport

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Do you want to see Paula Radcliffe’s blood? If so, you’re not alone. Radcliffe, three-time winner of the London Marathon…