Athletes Are Post-National Now
Decades of sex abuse turned American gymnasts away from their federation. Will other sports follow suit?
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.
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.
China’s Ultramarathon Tragedy Was a Fad Gone Bad
Inexperienced companies rushing into badly regulated new sectors is a recipe for disaster.
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.
Unlucky Tokyo Rolls the Olympic Dice—Again
With cancellation so prominent in Japan’s Olympic history, Tokyo 2021 has emerged as a cautionary tale.
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.
American Sports Logic Created Soccer’s Failed Super League
The commercial reasoning was sound—but the culture clash doomed plans.
Soccer’s Financial Crisis Could Transform Leagues Forever
Private equity’s power may eliminate promotion and relegation.
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.
Tokyo Wants the Olympics to Happen Even if the Public Doesn’t
The Japanese government is locked into what critics call a misguided project.
Red Card for Emirati Royal’s Soccer Diplomacy?
A peculiar deal that symbolized the entente between Israel and the UAE could get nixed.
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.
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?
The Last Great Race
Climate change has altered Alaska’s landscape, and the experiences of Arctic mushers are the canary in the coal mine.
Japan Hopes for a Post-Coronavirus Olympics
The cancellation is another blow to a battered economy as virus numbers creep up.