The Olympics may give Brazilians a respite from their perfect storm of recession, corruption and political dysfunction, but it won't last long.
The Olympic Games are a theatre — sometimes farce, sometimes tragedy, reality TV, morality play or soap opera — where geopolitical, social and technological dramas are played out.
Results from the games can tell us a lot about how different nations approach elite women and disabled athletes.
Only a better understanding of what drives doping can improve enforcement. To do so, we must break with the perception of doping as an individual or moral problem.
Like Brazil's favela dwellers, America's working poor felt a sense of pride and community in their shantytowns – and desperately resisted the powerful interests that sought to demolish them.
The 2016 Olympic Games is an invitation to a city known for partying more than anything else.
The entire Russian Olympic team could be banned from competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics. How can the International Olympic Committee ban an entire country?
With weeks to go before the Olympics, it's unlikely Kenya will be sanctioned over fresh doping claims. No matter what happens, a shadow will be cast over the integrity of the country's athletes.
Football, cricket, athletics, rugby – whatever the sport, the tears are never far away, for both the stars and the spectators.
Until recently, women with higher-than-expected testosterone levels were declared ineligible to take part in track and field athletics.
This summer, 10 refugee athletes will form a new team under the Olympic flag. But is the team -- and the issue it represents -- here to stay?
Your guide to how the French extravaganza compares to the other big events in sport.
The Seven Network's decision to offer an additional subscription service for its coverage of the Rio Olympics makes it the first free-to-air broadcaster in Australia to charge for broadcasting sport.
Three potential Olympians have been sent "please explain" letters from the Australian Olympic Committee, but there is little ethical justification for this.
Academics have sent an open letter to the World Health Organisation calling for the Olympics to be postponed or moved because of the Zika threat. They're overreacting.
Banning Kenya from the Rio Olympics would raise questions about the overall inclusiveness of the Games and equality in global sporting opportunities.
The outbreak of mosquito-borne Zika virus in South America has cast a shadow over preparations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Rio de Janerio.
The number of new Zika-related microcephaly cases in Brazil is falling. But it's too early to relax.
There are days when you just want to think about buttercups and Jamie Vardy.
Why we should stop panicking about whether the Olympic venues will be ready and start thinking about the long-term impacts of construction.