Around the Rings - Opinion

Gianni Infantino: Ridiculous remarks, a criminal probe, and a billionaire’s life paid by FIFA

The Swiss-Italian said his plan for a biennial World Cup, which UEFA, CONMEBOL and the IOC oppose, would give “hope to Africans so that they don’t need to cross” the sea and risk their lives. He was criticized for his lack of sensitivity and tried to backtrack

Difficult times call for strong leadership and Thomas Bach is delivering

The IOC president and the Olympic Movement are thriving under trying circumstances

BEHIND THE SCENES: From the Roman Empire to the fake Peng Shuai: in the midst of the storm, Thomas Bach takes the helm of the Olympic ship with force

The IOC President had to appeal to ancient history to defend his policy and to forcefulness to demolish the idea that China is cheating the olympic body. He praised the “new” sports, surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing.

BEHIND THE SCENES: Becoming more urban and popular, polo’s plan to return to the Olympics

Today, the Games have surfing, skateboarding and climbing, three sports unimaginable in the Olympic program until a few years ago. Polo took note of that and wants to follow the same path.

BEHIND THE SCENES: Thirteen years later, the same story returns

The problem is not Tibet, but the Uighurs and, unexpectedly, a Chinese tennis player. Although at heart, the problem is the same.

BEHIND THE SCENES Does the Olympic world owe something to Spain? Yes, maybe so

If Spain couldn’t win with a Madrid that for 2020 had the best technical qualification, why would it have to do so for 2030 against winter sports behemoths and cities with winter Olympic history like Nagano, Salt Lake City or Vancouver?

If Infantino prevails and there is a World Cup every two years, soccer will die

The FIFA president is touring several countries seeking support for his project. However, UEFA, CONMEBOL, the players and even the International Olympic Committee are against it. This op-ed summarizes the risks and the reasons behind the idea

The World Cup every two years, a political battle where everyone can lose out

Gianni Infantino’s proposal can open many Pandora’s Boxes. It is opening them already, in fact.

OpEd: The Keys to Tokyo’s Success - How Tokyo 2020 Pulled Off the Games That Many Believed Too Dangerous & Wanted Cancelled

While athletes performed at awe inspiring levels in Tokyo, The Opinionist says the controversy and conjecture that surrounded the Games has overshadowed the organization that made Tokyo 2020 possible and successful.

Qué enseñanza dejan para la política exterior argentina las marchas y contramarchas sobre las vacunas

Un gobierno que propone agendas de avanzada y posmodernas, como un DNI no binario y el impulso al lenguaje inclusivo, resultó poco coherente cuando le dijo a la sociedad que Argentina sólo podía contar con las vacunas -compradas y nunca donadas o regaladas- chinas y rusas

OpEd: Skateboarding debut in Tokyo misses the mark as a television event

Tim McFerran, president of World Skateboarding Federation, says there are a number of factors to explain why primetime ratings in the USA were “disappointing”.

The Tokyo Chronicles: The mystery of buses and food at the Games

Only the special envoys to Tokyo from all over the world know how difficult daily life is in the Japanese capital.

OpEd - Brisbane 2032: Humility and discipline seals Queensland’s opportunity of the century

How a regional east-coast Australian city landed world sport’s biggest prize unopposed

The Hula Report: remembering the Atlanta Olympics

25 years later, the Olympic legacy has proven to be good for the city - and not good enough

The Hula Report: Bach legacy is female successor

The Hula Report: women lead way for NOCs

The Hula Report: Tokyo Top Ten

Tokyo 2020 the games of silence

Paris 2024 Sport Program: A Young Person’s Review

(ATR) 2024 changes generally positive; some missed opportunities, questionable additions

Trump Vs Biden: Will Olympics Be the Winner?

(ATR) Whether a boycott of Beijing 2022 or equal pay for women athletes, the next US President could have a say.