ONCE AGAIN, DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE Summer Olympic Games, a small collection of athletes will march together under the Olympic flag, not the flags of their own nations. Tokyo 2020 will be the second Games in succession where it has been necessary to enter a team made...
It looks like the first week (at least) of this year’s Australian Open will be another scorcher. Players harbouring hopes of easing themselves into the tournament, thus keeping themselves fresh for sterner tests in later rounds, will be greeted by temperatures of 35°C-plus. Many first and second round matches...
SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES SUCH AS CLIMATE CHANGE, economic inequality and social injustice are “pressing concerns” for the sports community, says the International Olympic Committee (IOC), both in its management of day-to-day affairs and its “responsibility” towards young people and future generations. With the publication of its sustainability strategy in late-2016 and...
AROUND HALF THE WORLD’S POPULATION (3.4 billion people) tuned in to watch at least some part of this year’s FIFA World Cup. An extreme example maybe, but those viewing figures show the extent to which sport, if played at the highest level, can capture the imagination of swathes of...
Glulam, a material of glue-laminated timber, has been put forward as the future of green sports infrastructure by Italian sports architect Bear Stadiums. Together with Rubner Holzbau, the manufacturer of the technology, the studio is attempting to move sports venues away from away from cement and tubular metal that either...
THERE WAS A TIME WHEN BEING AT THE TOP END of the table was par for the course for VfL Wolfsburg. An unexpected title win in 2008/09 under the guidance of hardline coach Felix Magath instigated a short, concentrated period of success for the provincial club from Lower Saxony. Although...
AS SOON AS HE JUMPED OUT of the water, after a monumentally brutal 49-day swim, adventurer and endurance athlete Lewis Pugh quickly sought articulate his motivation with the attention of the world’s media on him. “It’s almost as if we have taken out all the fish in the ocean and...
As four influential nation states softened their stance on climate action, despite the IPCC’S dire warning of certain catastrophe without “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes”, it became all the more clear at COP24 that the human race can’t rely on sovereign countries to save the planet from global warming. While...
IN AN IRONIC TWIST OF FATE, the 2018 US Open will forever be remembered for opening up a sport-defining and – depending on your view – much-need debate about sexism and gender equality in tennis. On one of the most high-profile platforms in the sport, beaten finalist Serena Williams...
A GOOD SUSTAINABILITY PLAN is all about psychology. It’s about presentation. And storytelling. It’s about how you can engage the public to do something for the planet in a way that makes them feel motivated to get involved. That, at least, is the philosophy of Rasmus Jensen, a partner at...