Category: “Sport

Feeling sad as the Games near end. Let’s keep the spirit going thru legacy, joining in and by celebrating the volunteers

Posted on 8 September 2012 | 4:09pm

I’m writing this on the train to Manchester, where I will be downing a few plateloads of pasta, trying to get a decent sleep, then waking up to the prospect of a bike ride to Birmingham to help raise funds for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Pedal for Petrov campaign. As I do so, I […]

Reshuffle takes UK closer to America, not in a good way, and misses the point of London 2012

Posted on 5 September 2012 | 8:09am

I woke up this morning to an avalanche of tweets in response to my asking on the way home from Stratford last night why the US, so dominant in Olympic sport, appear to be so relatively marginal in the Paralympics. It is never possible to predict what will get a big reaction on twitter, but […]

Chance for footballers to show that what Olympics fans are saying about them isn’t true – every FC please read and RT

Posted on 4 September 2012 | 6:09am

Much has been made of the contrast between the values and heroics of our Olympians and Paralympians, and the often not so great values and not so great values of our multi-millionaire professional footballers. Well today provides an opportunity for football, football clubs and football stars to show that the caricature is misplaced. I know […]

Dear Mr Cameron: Please create a new Department for Sport and Olympics Legacy in reshuffle

Posted on 3 September 2012 | 6:09am

There are two big events going on this week, both of which will see people most Brits haven’t heard of till now being propelled to greater prominence. The first is the Paralympics and the day by day, hour by hour rollout of some of the most remarkable sporting and human endeavors of our time. The […]

Hard not to like Lance Armstrong, and I still want to believe, but his giving up made it harder

Posted on 26 August 2012 | 8:08am

Here is the piece I wrote for The Times on Lance Armstrong yesterday. It was thanks to them that I got to know the Texan cyclist, and this is my reflection on him now, following his decision not to contest further the doping allegations made against him. ‘Losing and dying. It’s the same thing’ — […]

You don’t have to be an Olympian to feel the joy of meeting a sporting challenge

Posted on 20 August 2012 | 9:08am

It is technical uselessness, rather than modesty, that prevents me from putting on here the photo I tweeted yesterday from the summit of Mont Ventoux. Now I cannot claim to have got up this legendary Provençal mountain quickly. Indeed, my times over the past few years represent something of a study in ageing. But I […]

London Olympics have redefined how we see ourselves and presented big opportunities for change

Posted on 12 August 2012 | 5:08am

Here is a piece CNN asked for on what I think will be the long term significance of the Olympics in London 2012. I always thought London 2012 would be a success but never imagined it would be quite the triumph it has turned out to be. From the brilliant opening ceremony to the festival […]

This is the time to take time for a major sports strategy, not rush out plans to meet the emotion of the moment

Posted on 11 August 2012 | 8:08am

These have been two great weeks, and this is an important moment for the country. But my heart sank this morning on hearing the Prime Minister is to make an announcement on school and elite sport. Not because the government should not be doing all it can to capitalise on the energy and positivity and […]

The volunteers are 70000 reasons why these Games are great – and they are changing Britain for the better

Posted on 9 August 2012 | 10:08pm

Just back from another fabulous day in and around the Olympic Park. To any of you who have missed my blog musings in recent days, apologies, but I have been loving every minute of every day just absorbing and enjoying as much sport as I can. But it is less about the sport than the […]

Big Lie on state school sport needs to be challenged for Olympic legacy to be strong

Posted on 3 August 2012 | 10:08am

I am biased. What I say on here, or when speaking in public, reflects a view that is biased towards the left, towards progressive causes, towards causes I believe in and values I hold. Even when I was a journalist, though I strove to get my facts right, I always admitted that my journalism was […]