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Jonathan Liew is a sports writer at the Guardian
Bidding to host international sporting events is a wheeze beloved of new governments: a source of patriotism and public excitement, a ready-made project and an illusion of vision.
A subtle sense of "otherness" has always followed the international career of a multi-talented cricketer who remains strangely under-appreciated.
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.
The success of players such as Ajinkya Rahane and Thangarasu Natarajan, shows the transformative power of the IPL.
With 20 wins from 22 games, Gerrard has swept away the team's culture of mediocrity.
During lockdown, virtual darts matches and classic rugby league games on YouTube became an antidote to daily news bulletins. And I even started running.
At this moment, the country’s sporting success feels more relevant to its politics than at any point in recent history.
Hamilton upends so many of the expectations we place on our sporting heroes: that they remain uncomplicated, diffident, bound by our approval.
Covid-19 has accelerated football’s problems, but the widening financial inequalities and the absence of accountability or transparency pre-dated the pandemic.
Elite sport has streamlined itself to become flat-pack entertainment – but there isn't a competition in the world that is not desperate to get the punters back in.