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Simone Biles competes on the balance beam during the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 09, 2019.

Athletes Are Post-National Now

Decades of sex abuse turned American gymnasts away from their federation. Will other sports follow suit?

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach waves the Olympic flag during the Closing Ceremony of Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on August 28, 2014 in Nanjing, China.

The Long and Infuriating History of Bad Olympic Bosses

Thomas Bach has joined a long line of IOC chiefs who have been hated by everyone associated with the Games.

Soccer player Robert Sanchez wears a protest T-shirt “Football is for the fans”

Europe’s Super League Is Dead, but UEFA Needs Reform

European soccer administrators have stifled the beautiful game. It’s time to rein them in.

A shepherd shows where she sheltered ultramarathoners in China's Gansu province.

China’s Ultramarathon Tragedy Was a Fad Gone Bad

Inexperienced companies rushing into badly regulated new sectors is a recipe for disaster.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga attends a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo.

Suga’s Olympic-Sized Gamble

Backed by the G-7, Japan’s prime minister will likely go ahead with the games. How they play out will determine his survival.

1940 Olympics Flag

Unlucky Tokyo Rolls the Olympic Dice—Again

With cancellation so prominent in Japan’s Olympic history, Tokyo 2021 has emerged as a cautionary tale.

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto

As the Clock Ticks, Japanese Wonder If the Olympics Are Worth the Risk

Opponents are calling foul, but the data suggests the event can be pulled off.

Leeds United fans hold a banner against plans for a European Super League and the involvement of the Liverpool football club outside Elland Road stadium in Leeds, northern England, on April 19.

American Sports Logic Created Soccer’s Failed Super League

The commercial reasoning was sound—but the culture clash doomed plans.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores a goal against Manchester United.

Soccer’s Financial Crisis Could Transform Leagues Forever

Private equity’s power may eliminate promotion and relegation.

South Africa's Caster Semenya competes in the athletics women's 1500m final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 10, 2018.

Women Athletes Subjected to ‘Sex Testing’ are Faced With Impossible Choices

The cases of Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand shed light on the invasive medical procedures endured by intersex athletes around the world.

The National Stadium, the main venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Tokyo Wants the Olympics to Happen Even if the Public Doesn’t

The Japanese government is locked into what critics call a misguided project.

Fans of the Israeli Beitar Jerusalem Football Club show their support during the team's training in Jerusalem on Dec. 11, 2020.

Red Card for Emirati Royal’s Soccer Diplomacy?

A peculiar deal that symbolized the entente between Israel and the UAE could get nixed.

Argentinian soccer star Diego Armando Maradona talks to then-Cuban President Fidel Castro in October 2005.

Maradona, Soccer’s Brilliant, Troubled Superstar, Dead at 60

The Argentine legend is remembered both for his on-field prowess and his off-field political activism, especially in Latin America.

French gendarmes stand guard in front of the Arc de Triomphe before an anti-government demonstration called by the "yellow vest" movement in Paris on Sept. 21.

America Has a National Guard. France Has National Riot Police.

The United States can use either community police or the military to oversee protests and quell riots—but does it need something in between?

Fabio Berlusconi participates in the Iditarod

The Last Great Race

Climate change has altered Alaska’s landscape, and the experiences of Arctic mushers are the canary in the coal mine.

Using a lantern to preserve the Olympic flame

Japan Hopes for a Post-Coronavirus Olympics

The cancellation is another blow to a battered economy as virus numbers creep up.

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