‘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 […]

‘It was a wet, cold, grey Friday morning. I rose out of bed having had no sleep the night before. Panic attacks are horrific experiences by day, by night they are even worse. My desire for death was now much stronger than my desire for living so I made a decision. I had the rope […]

As rugby literally grows the concerns are often about styles, but with players risking their health the debate must quickly become about mental and physical substance, writes Ewan MacKenna Early in their climb to the summit of boxing, Don King decided he wanted a piece of Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. Inviting them to his mansion to […]

If cheating comes naturally to the human race, then it’s proven by the state of sport which leaves us asking what hope is there for tomorrow and what’s the point anymore, writes Ewan MacKenna Two kids are playing a game of Monopoly when one goes to refill a glass of Coke – the other sees […]

  Three years ago the Confederations Cup became a uniting point for a frustrated society; but now the Olympics are the forgotten backdrop for a country fragmented and in chaos, writes Ewan MacKenna Better known for his homophobic slurs and Mad Men attitude to women, a month ago Jair Bolsonaro took to the microphone in […]

Leicester made football remember its underdogs, but they were just in time as from next season there’s no such this as a Premier League underdog, writes Ewan MacKenna By the time the box was ready for ticking, most had crossed it out as irrelevant. Back on 1 March, a 2-2 draw earned Leicester City their […]

When it comes to doping, soccer has somehow been Teflon despite a history intertwined with drug use and a present of much greater rewards and much greater secrecy, writes Ewan MacKenna Do you believe? In terms of all sports, it’s the alpha and omega of questions right now. Except for one that is, for soccer has become literally […]