To what extent do hours of practice, development squads and role models really make a difference?
Several initiatives have been launched to foster a sporting culture more conducive to the involvement of women in South Africa, including new laws. But evidence shows much still needs to be done.
This rough and tumble sport has smashed through gender stereotypes – can it now be a force for social change?
A recent decision by the International Olympic Committee has cheerleading under consideration for Tokyo 2020. But its very status as a sport has constantly been questioned.
Whether it's items in a shop, potential speed-dating matches or athletes competing one after another, the order in which they're presented affects our judgments.
When athletes take a stand on sociopolitical issues, they have a public profile by which to showcase their views. But they face criticism that it is not their 'place' to comment on sensitive matters.
Paralympic sport is meant to be inclusive and fair but athletes don't face a level playing field. Those from higher income countries can compete more easily.
From Sharapova to the Brownlee brothers, 2016 has given us one step forward to one step back.
Proposals to introduce a national sport lottery system in Australia are not new.
The FBI is warning of Russian cyberattackers probing American election systems. Information warfare scholars discuss Russia's digital efforts to benefit its national interests.
A new Russian hack has claimed to reveal the details of so-called therapeutic use exemptions. But could transparency in this area be a benchmark for the fight against drugs in sport?
Richard Nicholson has experienced first hand the evolution of the Paralympics, and with it, the shift in perception of disabilities and para-athletes.
iPhones, Boeing 787s, Teslas and a whole host of other technologies all rely on rare metals – so much so that a new era beckons.
The goal of identifying leadership attributes that translate into team success remains as elusive in sport as it does in other spheres of human endeavour.
While questions are asked about the value of investment in our Olympic sporting activities, take a look at the achievements of our other medal winners in the science Olympiads.
In some distance events, disabled athletes already outcompete their able-bodied counterparts.
Watching sport is more than just an entertaining experience. As the 2016 Olympic Games again highlighted, it can enrich and improve our lives in many more complex ways.
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.
The swimwear company has made the most of a messy situation.
The Olympics are an opportunity for eSport to drive a new social movement.