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The Brisbane Olympics are a leap into an unknowable...

There’ll be two types of Australian high jump in Tokyo this month. The first, most likely scripted, was Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s front row leap after Brisbane was awarded the right to host the...

They cancel Olympics, don’t they?

  Last time I checked, they hadn’t cancelled the 2020/2021 Tokyo games yet. Maybe today they will – or maybe the next year’s Chinese winter edition will be cancelled. At least the head of Finnish...

Beach handballers challenge patriarchal pretensions

  It is that time of the global sports cycle, usually a four year event but this year a Covid-caused quinquennial moment, when much of the world’s sports media, and many sports observers – serious,...

Men du har sett Europa börjar sjunka

  Det finns inget socialt system som inte läcker i alla riktningar. Det menade åtminstone filosoferna Gilles Deleuze och Felix Guattari i sitt eget durkslag till mästerverk - Tusen  platåer. Och läckage innebär hål, genom...

Det tog 35 år

I helgen läste jag i tidningen om en simförening som vill bidra till att bryta det tabu som finns om mens. Föreningen kommer att erbjuda gratis mensskydd. För tidningen berättar en simmare att hon stått...

English football fans: Lamenting a lost world

She’ll be sorry. One day Charmain will see a front-page splash in the Daily Bounder about how the blokes have done the place proud by winning the UltraSuperCelestial League. A bit of that glory...

End of Ethiopian running

MORE THAN A HALF-CENTURY AGO, the world marveled at the sudden surge of distance runners from Ethiopia, formerly known as Abyssinia. Abebe Bikila, an ethnic Oromo, ushered in the first golden era of Ethiopian...

The deadly dividends of anti-doping

20 years ago this month the world of cross-country skiing was agog over a few foul-smelling urine samples. Six Finnish athletes, among them Mika Myllylä, one of the most accomplished skiers of his generation,...