Vladimir Putin has developed populism across many fields, from his own image to Russian sport and media.
Kremlin Press office
Understanding the populism of the Putin government is more urgent than ever as Russia plays a major geopolitical role in the Middle-Eastern balance.
From Sharapova to the Brownlee brothers, 2016 has given us one step forward to one step back.
There are 16 contenders for the 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award... But who is the best athlete?
At one point, it looked like the games could be cancelled. But the carnival spirit has prevailed.
Research into the impact of intellectual disability on sports performance can ensure a level playing field.
After the closing ceremony’s razzmatazz, what will be Rio’s legacy that lingers?
The lasting effects of Olympic Games are measured in more than just concrete stadiums.
A tool in place of your arm or a stereo for your leg? How our attitudes towards human enhancement have changed.
The achievements of the Paralympians, and societal shift towards more inclusivity and the celebration of diversity, has had a dramatic effect on the lives of people living with disability.
Take a deep breath Ryan.
The swimwear company has made the most of a messy situation.
The doping arms race is bound to continue despite the strengthening anti-doping position.
Extensive drug use was reported at the 1952 Helsinki Games, but it was the death of two athletes that finally galvanized international sporting authorities into taking action against doping.
The Olympics are an opportunity for eSport to drive a new social movement.
Caster Semenya’s gold medal in the women’s 800 metres track event at the Rio Olympics may be supplemented, in coming months, by an upgrade from silver to gold for the same event at the London Games. Re-testing…
For Rio de Janeiro and for Brazil, these Olympic Games arrived at the worst possible time.
Instead of showcasing a rising global power with a booming economy, the 2014 Games put a spotlight on Brazil's most serious economic recession since the 1930s, along with a host of social problems.
Ledecky celebrates her new world record at the 2016 Olympic games.
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Have we reached peak human?
Amanda Beard, Ian Thorpe, Allison Schmidt, McKayla Maroney – many athletes have dealt with depression after the Olympic Games.
Taekwondo champ Jade Jones celebrates a gold medal with her mother.
Child sport success relies on having a positive parental influence.
A JR giant.
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It's time to finally put art on the Olympic map, prove the sceptics wrong, and renew and advance some of the more tired aspects of the Games staging process.
In Rio, only 12 sports contributed to the final medal haul.
Australia finished tenth on the medal table in the Rio 2016 Games, well below what the nation's latest funding strategy had led people to expect.
A candid assessment of the impact of the games, from an academic on the ground.
If empty seats and other Olympics are anything to go by, it's unlikely Brazil will get a tourism boost from Rio 2016.