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Women compete in the 20-kilometre race walk at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 2016. (Shutterstock)

How sport transformed the lives of young Colombians

A Colombian program to help disadvantaged youth used sport to help them steer clear of the dangers they faced on a daily basis, including violence, prostitution, drug addiction, vandalism and gangs.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte argues with home plate umpire Doug Eddings during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

Hotter temperatures increase violent behaviour in Major League Baseball

High temperatures make baseball players and coaches more irritable, and are associated with an increase in violence.
Over two dozen states have banned transgender youth from playing sports corresponding to their identity since 2021. (Shutterstock)

U.S. anti-trans laws won’t ‘save women’s sports’

Lawmakers and governing bodies aren’t actively ensuring or promoting equitable access for women and girls. Instead, they’ve chosen to target trans women.
The 2019 Tour, marked by the victory of Colombian Egan Bernal, can be classified as a “hard fought” edition. Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Tour de France: analysing what makes cycling’s premier race exciting

Technology is often blamed for “locking down” major bike races and making them predictable. Yet data analysis shows that Tours in the “classic era” weren’t always thrill rides.
Charles Schwartzel of South Africa celebrates after winning the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational on June 11. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LIV Golf: Sportwashing vs. the commercial value of public attention

For all the efforts at reimagining golf to attract consumer interest, the sportwashing discourse has brought an avalanche of negative attention to the LIV series, and rightfully so.
Team Canada celebrates their gold medal win after defeating the United States at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Rewriting the rule books: ensuring gender equity in Canadian hockey

True gender equity in sport is not simply a matter of paying lip service to equal rights and opportunities. It involves interrogating outdated assumptions and being open to rewriting the rule book.
Queen Elizabeth presents winners trophy to Althea Gibson who won the women’s title in the All England Lawn Tennis Championship at Wimbledon in July 1957. (AP Photo)

Taking a look back at the evolution of sport during Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee

The Platinum Jubilee serves as an opportunity to reflect on the complex interactions and historical evolution of the British monarchy and the transformations in sport, politics and society.
Sport and recreation are political issues because different governments view their role in delivering these services differently. A better understanding of how political parties view sport and recreation can help inform voters’ decisions when they head to the polls. (Shutterstock)

3 questions to ask political candidates about sport and recreation services

Voters need to hold political candidates and their parties to account on sport and recreation issues and advocate for support from provincial and territorial governments.

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