The benefits of hosting the Olympics are so slim, or nonexistent, that fewer cities are bidding to host the games. That's a sign of serious trouble.
Investing in staging sport is ultimately a matter of turning the entire host environment into a stage.
Some Olympic venues have become withered husks – but it's not all bad news.
Three researchers examine the big challenges of urban development: from city leadership to lock-ins.
The Paralympic Games started off as a way to motivate and rehabilitate returned servicemen and women after the second world war, and has evolved tremendously since then.
The lasting effects of Olympic Games are measured in more than just concrete stadiums.
The Olympics are an opportunity for eSport to drive a new social movement.
A candid assessment of the impact of the games, from an academic on the ground.
Corporations benefit from using public spaces during the Olympic Games – but Rio made sure local businesses also got a slice of the pie.
Photographers can't pay the bills with Instagram likes – but it's pushing them to capture more spectacular images than ever before.
When it comes to winning Olympic gold, it turns out timing isn't everything.
Unravelling the common assumption that runners from Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia have a natural advantage.
Will Brazil's troubles in preparing for the Rio Games change the global narrative of the value of hosting the Olympics?
More action sports will be on the Olympic bill in Tokyo with skateboarding, surfing and climbing added to the programme.
In a time when war and sports are the primary means of competition, Olympic gold has never been so valuable – or expensive.
Results from the games can tell us a lot about how different nations approach elite women and disabled athletes.
The countries who regularly top the medal table spend millions on training and developing athletes, money that poorer countries simply can't afford to spend on their sporting stars.
The 2016 Olympic Games is an invitation to a city known for partying more than anything else.
Why don't we get rid of host cities altogether?
There are days when you just want to think about buttercups and Jamie Vardy.