Great Britain’s Hannah Cockroft after winning a T34 sprinting heat at the 2012 London Paralympics.
Every Paralympics there's a sense that they will inspire more disabled people's sport participation. However, eight years since London 2012 and very little has changed
Uzbek wrestler Artur Taymazov (centre) was recently stripped of his gold medal from the 2012 Olympics due to retrospective drug testing. He also lost his gold from the 2008 Olympics for doping.
Retrospective drug testing is meant to help deter doping in sport, but will the public become indifferent to drug taking as more and more cheaters are caught?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has signed off on the Badgerys Creek airport plan. The aim now should be to maximise the benefits of its construction.
With one of the world’s largest infrastructure pipelines, Australian governments could leverage their procurement spending power to benefit the communities where the work is done.
In some distance events, disabled athletes already outcompete their able-bodied counterparts.
There’s little evidence relevant government bodies are able to leverage hosting the Olympics to develop a sport participation legacy for the wider population.
The commonly believed mechanism for increasing sport participation assumes that elite sport performances result in a greater number of people taking up sport.
Looking back on the legacy of London 2012, it's clear the local artistic community has lost out.
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.
Will the Winning Edge strategy impact sport participation and limit sports’ abilities to develop Olympic champions?
Australia has had a good start to the Rio Olympics. But does that mean that the strategy created in response to Australia's poor Olympic performance in 2012 is working?
It’s possible to predict medal tallies with surprising accuracy.
Medal counts for individual countries from the Sydney 2000 to London 2012 Olympics have been predicted relatively accurately, using just a small number of demographic and economic characteristics.
National Olympic committees may not be good at explaining what the benefits of the Games are – but the Greeks were.
Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games/Flickr
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.
Higher, faster, stronger.
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.
Recent attacks in Paris and Brussels have taught the French some important lessons about how to deal with the threat of terrorism.
Hosting a mega-event isn't all it's cracked up to be - and now some cities are starting to say 'no'.
Two news outlets have alleged there was widespread cheating in endurance sports between 2001 and 2012.
Organisers of the World Championship in Athletics will be on their toes after recent revelations of mass doping by endurance athletes. Here's what you need to know about doping and how to evade it.
Tenpin bowling’s presence in the Olympics can be justified on many grounds.
Eight sports have presented their case for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But it was tenpin bowling’s application that generated the most debate in the media and the wider public.
“You don’t know what you’re doing!” - Tory sport plans are not enough.
PA/ Andrew Yates
Conservative sport manifesto puts the elite ahead of the grassroots.
John Barrowman and Karen Dunbar and their complementary tailoring.
From John Barrowman’s Scottish accent to Susan Boyle’s nervous take of Mull of Kintyre to the cheered tribute to Nelson Mandela, the Commonwealth Games gave us an opening ceremony to remember. And that’s…
Let me in.
London’s Olympic Velodrome is opening to the public for the first time. The scene of great triumph for Team GB in the London 2012 Olympics, it should welcome droves of budding cyclists who hope to one…
Three cheers for economic impact.
Since the financial disaster of the Montreal 1976 Olympics, “economic impact assessment” has become an increasingly popular tool for host governments and organisers to justify the vast expense of major…