Major events

“As in 1998, professional cycling in 2015 is fostering a culture of secrecy”

. “Our vision is to continue to play a leadership role in charting a better future for this great sport of ours and changing the culture that so damaged it. That means continued leadership on anti-doping.”  Sir Dave Brailsford, 2014  . By Teddy Cutler                           Follow Teddy Cutler on Twitter 30 March 2015 It was back in 2012 that Team Sky, home at that time to the defending Tour de France champion Sir Bradley Wiggins, carried out a purge of staff. In an autumn of the long knives, Bobby Julich and Steven de Jongh left their...


‘Sport does not exist in a vacuum. Fifa has a responsibility to act on Russia’

* By Roger Pielke Jr 29 July 2014 Over the weekend, British deputy prime minister Nick Clegg told the Sunday Times that Russia should be stripped of the 2018 World Cup. Clegg joins several senior German politicians in calling for the next World Cup to be moved as a sanction against Russia for its role in the continuing conflict in the Ukraine. The renewed calls for sanctions have been prompted by the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines 17 over eastern Ukraine, allegedly by Russian-supported Ukrainian separatists. Does FIFA have a responsibility to engage in global geopolitics? Its history and actions say yes. Yet FIFA's first...


Germany: deserving, obvious World Cup winners (almost nobody predicted)

* So the World Cup is over, Germany are fitting champions, Lionel Messi couldn't add the ultimate title to his glittering CV and the host nation is left to ponder what might have been. So who could have forecast this? Actually, a huge variety of ‘experts’, theorists, modelers and systems tried to predict the outcome of the tournament, from Goldman Sachs to boffin statistical organisations. In his latest post for Sportingintelligence, and as a wrap-up of an ongoing evaluation of rates of success (click HERE for Part 1 and background and click HERE for Part 2 and HERE for Part 3) Roger Pielke Jr announces the winners and...