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.
Mourning the Olympics and All the Celebrations We’re Losing to the Pandemic
Especially in times like these, it's OK to feel for everyone whose milestone events have been canceled or postponed.
Kobe Bryant Was the United States’ Best Ambassador in China
The basketball legend’s death was bigger than virus news in a country that loved him.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan Has Met His Match
Turkey’s soccer-obsessed president is engaging in a last-ditch effort to help his party hold on to power in Istanbul. Can Ekrem Imamoglu beat him at his own game?
Transnistria Isn’t the Smuggler’s Paradise It Used to Be
The separatist territory sandwiched between Moldova and Ukraine has long thrived on porous frontiers and Russian backing, but Kiev has changed its tune and might be dragging it back toward the West.
Scott Morrison Won Australia’s Election Against All Odds. It Shouldn’t Have Come as a Surprise.
The Australian Labor Party made the same mistakes that have led to failure for center-left leaders across the globe—and the right is reaping the benefits.