A scholar of Rio's urban geography returns to the city for the Games and asks whether it's time to hit pause on these out-of-control sports mega-events.
Book Excerpt: Transformation Games
"Politics have no place in the Olympics." Leaders of the Olympic movement have made this claim since the beginning of the modern games. A new history of the Olympics shows that it's never been the case.
One-Track Minds: Semenya, Chand, and the Violence of Public Scrutiny
Caster Semenya looks to challenge the world record in the 800m at the Rio Games, while Dutee Chand will be the first Indian woman in 36 years to race in the 100m. But the story won't be their accomplishments on the track. That needs to change.
Out of the Ranks of the Unforgiven
Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Amir returned to the sport this year after a five-year ban for spot fixing. His is an unusual story: the rare athlete who is found to be a cheat and then is allowed to come back.
Footy Dreams Can Come True – for Girls and Boys
A new professional league for women's Australian rules football, linked with the men's AFL, is set to launch in 2017. With women's football the fastest growing sport in Australia, people are having to rethink the rugged game's place as a preserve of masculinity.
Brexit and British Sport
After the UK votes to leave the European Union and England bows out of the European Championships, a former BBC correspondent in Europe looks at how Brexit might affect sport in Britain.
"In the context of sportsmen's lives, their spells at the very peak will be short. Yet even as we acknowledge how brief and fleeting is our acquaintance, we lean to defining a sportsman with emphasis on the sport to the exclusion of the man, perhaps because we wish chiefly to admire rather than to understand."