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Russia is technically banned from international sporting competitions after the state-sponsored doping scandal – but you wouldn’t know it.
The BBC – reflecting the priorities of its audience – has reimagined the greatest sporting pageant on Earth as Team GB vs Everyone Else.
The New Statesman's coverage of the world's first pandemic Games since 1920.
If the International Olympic Committee had cancelled the Games, they would have had to refund roughly £2.9bn to broadcasters.
The Olympics were supposed to symbolise Japan’s recovery from crisis but they now represent the pandemic’s continuing grip.
India Bourke in London and Emily Tamkin in Washington, DC host the New Statesman's weekly global affairs podcast, World Review.
Japanese voters want to see Tokyo 2020 cancelled and blame PM Yoshihide Suga for his perceived failure to tackle the pandemic.
In a world still beset by Covid-19, what use is an event billed as a symbol of recovery?
TV ratings for the Olympics have steadily fallen, especially among the young – as a crisis of relevance and the issues around hosting become too big to ignore.
When people describe “sport” they are invariably referring to men’s sport. The big stuff. The stuff that drives the revenue.