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Jonathan Liew is a sports writer at the Guardian
The BBC – reflecting the priorities of its audience – has reimagined the greatest sporting pageant on Earth as Team GB vs Everyone Else.
If the International Olympic Committee had cancelled the Games, they would have had to refund roughly £2.9bn to broadcasters.
The England team of 2021 is one that simply would not exist if Priti Patel had been in charge of the Home Office a generation ago.
The tournament, now reaching its climax, has shown Europe as divided and rancorous.
After initially refusing to condemn the booing of players, this government appears to have realised that this is a team you cross at your peril.
The wildly lucrative boxing career of YouTuber Jake Paul proves the real world power of likes and views.
This is how power operates in its most unaccountable form: a hand grenade tossed into the heart of European football by a group of unelected billionaires.
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.