Hajo Seppelt: Leading the way in keeping sport clean

The devastating and damning report into Russian sport by Wada has found that the country’s government, security services and sporting authorities colluded to hide widespread doping across “a vast majority” of winter and summer sports. The International Olympic Committee has promised it will not hesitate to take “toughest sanctions available” against those implicated. But there…

Growing Pains: Slow start to the Olympic movement

  In 1988, tennis returned to the Olympic Games after a 64-year absence. In Seoul, Miroslav Mecir beat Tim Mayotte to win Gold for Czechoslovakia. It was hardly the star-studded final that organisers had anticipated. Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Pat Cash, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Boris Becker were all among the top 8 seeds…

Shane Lowry: A Humble Hero

As rain battered the beaches of Baltray on a miserable Sunday afternoon in May an Irish sporting icon was on the verge of creation. May 17th 2009, the date which marks Shane Lowry’s introduction to the world as he became the first amateur golfer to lift the Irish Open. Lowry, like many others in Ireland, grew up immersed…