We take a look at the business of this year's Winter Olympics. A report suggests the true cost is 10 times more than the official $3.9 billion price tag, but Beijing is banking on other benefits. Also, Amazon reports another strong sales quarter, with its advertising business playing an increasingly significant role.
While the International Olympic Committee has said that politics and sport do not mix, there are many examples to the contrary. Athletes have often been advocates for social change, while activists are angry about Beijing hosting the Winter Olympics despite rampant allegations of human rights abuses. More than 200 global groups have made a joint call for a diplomatic boycott. We take a closer look.
8 Dec 2021
Architects from Spain have completed a novel design for the upcoming FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Named the 974 Stadium, the 40,000-seater facility it's designed to be relatively easy to disassemble and rebuild, and was constructed using almost 1,000 shipping containers.
8 Nov 2021
The Iranian military has launched yearly exercises aimed at "responding to aggression." The war games come as Iranian negotiators are set to meet EU and US representatives at the end of the month for nuclear deal talks.
24 Oct 2021
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has no worries about his position at the club ahead of his side's Champions League match against Atalanta.
12 Sep 2021
After two weeks of competition and a colorful closing ceremony, the Tokyo Paralympics have ended and the flag has been passed on to Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo ahead of the 2024 Summer Games.
4 Aug 2021
Ten sports, 55 competitors, 36 events spread over 17 days, Guardian Nigeria's Sports Editor, Christian Okpara assesses team Nigeria at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
10 Jul 2021
Fans will be banned from Games venues in Tokyo, says Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa. The announcement comes after Japan's government announced a new virus state of emergency that will run throughout the Olympics.
29 Jun 2021
On the eve of the highly anticipated clash between England and Germany, several lawmakers have spoken out in criticism of both the UK government and UEFA over the number of fans allowed to attend Euro 2020 matches.
27 Jun 2021
Anti-Olympic protesters call for the Games to be cancelled with just over a month left until the July 23 Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony. A large percentage of Japanese residents remain sceptical that the biggest international event since the pandemic began will be safe.
26 Jun 2021
The Olympic Games are set to open on July 23 in Tokyo. Nearly 70,000 visitors, including athletes, coaches and sport delegation members, are expected to arrive in Japan. The organisation of these Games has been difficult as the pandemic continues to spread around the world. While Japan has been less affected than most other rich countries, it has been comparatively slow to vaccinate its population.
20 May 2021
The Tokyo Olympic Games will have a bitter taste for Swiss rider Steve Guerdat, one of the favourites in the show jumping competition, as host nation Japan battles with increasing Covid numbers.