Money can help buy medals, but it doesn't seem to buy more medals per capita or more medals per dollar of GDP.
Still in the midst of a global pandemic, the International Olympic Committee's dream of hosting the Tokyo Games in a "post-corona world" is not possible. But should the Games go ahead at all?
While governments and some athletes are opposed to a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, failing to take a stand against China's human rights record has consequences.
More than 80 academics have signed a letter to World Rugby urging a new approach with meaningful consultations with transgender athletes.
The event may have been postponed until July 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, but there is already a big cultural legacy to Tokyo 2020.
As the new coronavirus has spread around the world, sporting matches and events have been staged behind closed doors, postponed and increasingly cancelled outright.
It was once seen as a public menace – now, skateboarding is a global sport that empowers young people to improve their cities.
Japan's global influence has waned in recent years. Showing that renewables can decouple emissions from economic success could help the country find its niche and spark a race to power the Earth.
With a booming hip hop culture, Paris is the best place to introduce break dancing to the Olympic games.
Why do big events that showcase elite sport fail to motivate people to get active?
The Commonwealth Games do not get the same level of media coverage as the Olympics. But a one-time Commonwealth gold medallist says the Games are still an important athletic competition.
Preparations for next month’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast are pushing homeless people out of town, and out of the state. Sadly, that's not unusual for events of this sort.
It would seem obvious athletes are the most important part of the Olympics. But competing issues, from sponsorship rules to politics, means the rights of athletes aren't always the top priority.
As the Olympics get underway, what would the man who founded the modern Olympic movement think? Pierre de Coubertin's vision of the Olympics as a tool of peace and faith in youth still resonates.
The Olympics have been plagued by doping, corruption and political problems. But academic and former Olympian Bruce Kidd says the Olympic Games are still an important humanitarian movement.
Sporting extravaganzas are a way for globalising cities in emerging market economies to try and play the "modernity game". But they don't make the rules, and so they can never "win".
Sport participation in South Africa remains rooted in the dilemmas of colonial society. It necessitates an ongoing need for discourse, debate and dialogue on decolonisation in sport history.
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.