Monthly Archives: August 2016

The most important thing in the Olympics is not to win, but to profit

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist; the greatest trick the IOC ever pulled was convincing the world their spirit does, writes Ewan MacKenna Earlier in the week, after colliding and collapsing in the women’s 5,000m, Abbey D’Agostino helped Nikki Hamblin from the floor and the two completed […]

Whistle while they work

  In a world where doping control is almost non-existent and we can believe in little, more than ever our sports need whistle-blowers. The problem is it doesn’t want them. These are their stories. “Hey man, sorry for the slow reply,” reads the message. “I’ve been out riding the bike around Normandy for some inexplicable […]

The mother of all smokescreens

  ‘A bad conscience is easier to cope with than a bad reputation.’ Friedrich Nietzsche It’s the common mistake when it comes to mob mentality, and this has been no different. All week, in the frenzied clamour to vilify Russia and have them removed from the Olympics, few have bothered to draw breath and take […]