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Bjørn Dæhlie’s bravest moment

Who is the mightiest of them all? The ultimate riddle deserves to be addressed right now, the day after the official closure of the 2017–18 skiing season (so far as yours truly is…

Moving away from pies and beers – healthy eating at sports stadia

Around the world, fans attend stadia in large numbers, paying to watch athletes take part in physical activity while sitting, eating and drinking for prolonged periods. In our chapter in Sport and Health:…

Can the Commonwealth Games change perceptions of the Gold Coast?

Just as the Australian men’s cricket ball-tampering scandal exhausts itself at last, the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games appears, as if on cue, to fill the feelgood sporting void. These are, after all,…

In praise of skiing traditions

It has come to my knowledge that a Finnish male skier recently won a major race – in fact, an Olympic contest – in East Asia, not far from the gentle shores of…

2018 Winter Olympics set to begin against the backdrop of warm words and cold politics

Mega sporting events are always heavily infused with politics, but the impending Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, have almost been buried in a geopolitical avalanche. Global tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and…

The Winter Olympics and the two Koreas: how sport diplomacy could save the world

The small South Korean town of Pyeongchang, host of this year’s Winter Olympics, has suddenly become the epicentre of one of the most dangerous games in world politics. Amid escalating tensions over North…

Encouraging girls to stay in combat sports: ongoing inclusion initiatives in Norwegian boxing

The year 2017 saw a new ‘Girls Revolution’ in Norwegian Boxing. It all started in June, when Undisputed World Champion Cecilia Brækhus selected 18 girls and invited them to Kragerø to participate in…

Sydney’s stadiums debate shows sport might not be the political winner it once was

Less than two decades after Sydney hosted the Olympics, its sports infrastructure is back in the national consciousness. The New South Wales government has come in for heavy criticism over its plan to…

Endring, innovasjon og omstilling i idrett: sesjonsrapport fra NEON-konferansen

Årets NEON-konferanse (Nettverk for organisasjonsforskning i Norge) ble arrangert av Fakultet for samfunnsvitenskap ved Nord universitet, Bodø. Konferansen ble avholdt 21-23 november og årets tema var «Omstillingsprosesser: Smertefulle erfaringer eller kreative muligheter». Totalt…

Of bicycles and Bolsheviks

While cycling may well be the first modern sport in the sense of having become a full-fledged sport upon its invention, a group of cyclists shares responsibility for one of the biggest social…

Stop smiling, you are running!

‘Did you see that runner?’ I asked my daughter the other day. We were cycling home along a lakeside road that positively teemed with ‘physically active people,’ as the sociologists of sport put…

En spekulativ tekst om hopp i sprintlangrenn

Dagens mesterskapsprogram i langrenn har eksistert siden 2005. De fleste vil nok karakterisere det som en nokså kort tidsperiode, men det gjør ikke den gamle mester Vegard Ulvang, som leder FIS’ langrennskomité. For…

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(skidåknings-)framtiden

Att sia om framtiden är svårt. Det finns otaliga exempel på hur människor i det förflutna försökt förutsäga framtiden. Under det teknikoptimistiska 1950-talet trodde exempelvis experter att helikoptern skulle bli “var mans egendom”. Så blev det som bekant…

Brexit must include athletics

It’s the day after the closing ceremony of the infamous IAAF World Athletics Championships in London, and Britain is still a legitimate member of the global athletics community. Why? Why wasn’t UK Athletics…

When lost ‘Ladies’ matter, but an omitted ‘Women’s’ matters more

The recent decision by the Arsenal Football Club to rename its ‘Ladies’ team Arsenal Women’s Football Club (as in cricket, golf and tennis, ‘Ladies’ remains the preferred label for women’s games and institutions), and…

Rugby cuts show fragility of women’s place in sports marked ‘masculine’

After a weekend of English women’s sport success, the Rugby Football Union reminds us that the inroads to guy-space are fragile. The weekend of 22/23 July was a pretty good couple of days…

Samling vid pumpen

Nedan följer några kommentarer till regeringens pressmeddelande ”Samling för daglig rörelse”. Ur pressmeddelandet (1) Det råder fullständig samsyn om vikten av att barn och ungdomar ges goda möjligheter till fysisk aktivitet. Det är…

ISSA 2017 World Congress of Sociology of Sport

The International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) hosted this year’s World Congress of Sociology of Sport at the National Taiwan Sport University in Taoyuan, Taiwan. The conference took place from May 30th to…

Women’s boxing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Yesterday[i] the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved the program for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The new Olympic program promises a more inclusive, youthful, urban and gender equal sporting…

Anti-siphoning changes a blow to sports fans who want to watch on free-to-air TV

Sport features heavily in the federal government’s long-anticipated Broadcast and Content Reform Package. The package demonstrates the deep connection between sport and TV, as well as the prominent place of sport in Australian…

Live odds ban debate exposes sport and gambling’s uncomfortable mutual dependency

Watching sport on TV may not exactly be a healthy activity, but it should at least do more good than harm. Yet viewers are exposed to all manner of advertising and promotional messages…

For cities, hosting major sporting events is a double-edged sword

Just as the publicity machine is cranking up for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, new Australia-based bids have already been signalled to host the same event in the future. Shepparton…

I skjæringspunktet mellom sosiologi, idrett og samfunn: et sammendrag av norsk sosiologisk tidsskrifts temanummer SPORT

I anledning 50-års jubileet til International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) skrev professor David Rowe (Western Sydney University) flere tekster om idrettssosiologiens utvikling og beskrev hvordan sport har gått fra å være et…

Camus on ice

It’s springtime in Scandinavia when waterways are no longer covered with a thick layer of ice and a shortcut across a lake turns into an adrenaline-boosting sport. Last weekend, however, I still discovered…

Hva er vel ishockey uten taklinger?

Ishockey er en av de siste mannsbastionene innen idretten (Tjønndal, 2016a). I likhet med andre hyper-maskuline idretter som boksing og bryting er mannsdominansen stor både blant utøvere, dommere, trenere og ledere. I 2014…

Langrenn som lagidrett

I etterkant av femmila i VM i Lahti oppsto det i Norge en interessant diskusjon, både i tradisjonelle og sosiale medier. Mesterskapet må for norsk herrelangrenns del anses som bare delvis vellykket, ettersom…

Lydiard’s lost legacy

Fifty years ago this spring Arthur Lydiard set foot on Finnish soil as the most expensive coach in the history of Finnish athletics. According to contemporary observers, the descendants of Paavo Nurmi and other…

Fysisk aktivitet är bra för…?

Emellanåt kommer mer eller mindre högröstade propåer om mer idrott, rörelse och fysisk aktivitet (hädanefter endast benämnt som fysisk aktivitet) inom skolans ram. Utgångspunkterna är överlag följande: Fysisk aktivitet är allmänt nyttigt och…

Tack Oslo för OS

Vi har under åren sett hur OS har utvecklats och blivit mer och mer påkostat. Redan 1984 i Los Angeles fick vi se en man flyga under invigningsceremonin med allt vad det innebär…

Why letter-writing skiers should have remained illiterate

When I was young, cross-country skiers used to ski, and only after having retired, they might have picked up the pen and published an edifying memoir, guided of course by the invisible hand…