When financial times are tight, only those with soft power ambitions can see the economic sense in World Cups or Olympic Games.
The Australian Sports Commission’s John Wylie has reignited discussions about a UK-style lottery system to fund sport in Australia.
Proposals to introduce a national sport lottery system in Australia are not new.
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.
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.
Kenyan-born Ruth Jebet, just 19, waves the Bahraini flag after winning gold over Kenyan competitors at the Rio Olympics.
Kenya's international success in track and field hides management inefficiencies and corruption that have frustrated athletes and fed a pipeline of runners willing to ditch the national flag
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.
Mark Mangini (left) and David White hold this year’s Oscar for Sound Editing for Mad Max: Fury Road.
Amid the hand-wringing about the price of an Olympic medal, our experts crunched the numbers on the cost of success in the arts. And at A$8 million per international award, it turns out that elite culture is a lot better value than sport.
The living room TV isn’t the only way to watch the Olympics these days.
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The way we consume sport is changing, and that's having massive ramifications on the way sport and broadcast television are funded.
Racewalkers turn a corner – keeping one foot on the ground – during the women’s 20-km event at the 2012 London Olympics.
Racewalking has been part of the Olympic Games since 1904, but gets little respect in the United States. That might change if Americans knew a little more about it.
From a low point at Atlanta when Britain won only 15 medals, Team GB has improved every four years and stands on the brink of an historic achievement.
Unravelling the common assumption that runners from Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia have a natural advantage.
Urban planning was once an Olympic event, although the first gold medal – awarded to Germany’s Alfred Hensel for the Nuremberg stadium – turned out to be an unfortunate choice.
Imagine cities competed to eliminate hunger, poverty, unemployment, crime and greenhouse emissions, and to offer housing and transport for all. Don't scoff – urban planning was once an Olympic event.
A TV cameraman shoots a Madame Tussauds Museum figure of US Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps at Banneker Pool in Washington, to coincide with the opening of the Rio Olympics on August 5.
Business Briefing: the big bucks of broadcasting the Olympics.
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The amount broadcasters will pay for the rights to the Olympics keeps going up, but is the value of the rights changing?
Training for the Olympics is time-consuming – and expensive.
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A former Olympic gold medalist reflects on his own financial struggles as he trained and competed for the 1984 Summer Games. Thirty years later, not much has changed for many Olympians.
Team GB winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics.
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Your team mates might be the most effective performance-enhancers.
Legendary Australian swimming coach and the country’s oldest Olympian, Forbes Carlile (centre).
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The Australian swim team hoping for medal success in Rio have a lot to thank one of the earlier pioneers of sport science: Forbes Carlile.
The bodies of Olympic athletes are becoming more specialised, more differentiated – and much more extreme.
Over time, the body sizes and shapes of Olympians have been moving apart from each other at light-speed, and have become increasingly specialised and differentiated.
Five rings to rule them all.
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The IOC is incredibly protective of the Olympic brand. The rings, Rio 2016, and even the flame are all heavily guarded.
There’s little justification for a blanket ban; all Russian Olympic athletes did not collectively commit a wrong.
The IOC will allow Russian athletes to compete in Rio 2016 if they've been cleared by their respective international sporting federation of doping. Should other countries pull out of the games?
The Olympics provide Brazilians with a welcome distraction from their country's fraught and bitter politics.