Tokyo will feature the most female athletes ever at an Olympics. But the Games do not have a good track record when it comes to gender equality.
In track and field, it's a common belief that middle lanes are the fastest. But according to the data, middle lanes aren't better, and in the 200-meter sprint, outside lanes might even be faster.
Brisbane has the opportunity to create a new model for the Olympics: fewer permanent venues, less attention on one city and (hopefully) a more positive and less costly legacy.
But it's the taking part that counts.
With athletes from 205 different nations making their way to Japan come thousands of tonnes of equipment and supplies.
Some Olympic athletes have thrived in the year-long delay leading up to the Tokyo Games, using the extra time off to improve their performance and shatter national records.
Kon Ichikawa’s documentary of the 1964 games is one of the great sporting documentaries – if not simply one of the great documentaries.
The IOC was under considerable pressure to host the 1920 games. While a noble goal, it resulted in significant hardships for war-torn Belgium and the athletes themselves.
Mandatory sex testing at the Olympics might have stopped in the 1990s, but the policing of high performance female athletes’ bodies is still ongoing.
As COVID empties the Tokyo 2020 bleachers, will the economic benefits of hosting in the first place outweigh the losses incurred by not having tourists?
The International Olympic Committee's Rule 50 still restricts the freedom of speech of athletes, despite the recently relaxed stipulations. A respected Olympian says the IOC must change its policy.
In the wake of debate about cannabis, performance-enhancing drugs and the Olympic Games, athlete-driven doping legislation is the way forward.
Strict enforcement of COVID-safe regulations in the Olympic Village could affect athletes' mental health. Their performance could suffer too
How well are the Tokyo Olympics prepared for a COVID crisis when there is still an outbreak in the country, the vaccination rates are low and athletes are asked to socially distance?
Athletes can have a ban reduced from four to two years if they can establish an anti-doping rule violation was not intentional. This is the key point in Jack's case.
Athletes headed to Tokyo have trained throughout an unusually stressful year. Missing out on final preparations could hinder their chances at a medal
The decision to cancel the games lies ultimately with the International Olympic Committee – an extraordinary power that explains why Tokyo is pressing ahead.
The emotive and polarising language surrounding the Olympic weightlifter – and transgender rights in general – is crowding out the voices we need to hear most.
Japan is going through its fourth wave, testing rates are low and case numbers are climbing. Now athletes aren't happy with the IOC's plans to protect them.
No sightseeing, cheering, singing or (at least officially) sex. This is what an Olympic Games during a pandemic could look like.