Debates: Sport

26 Aug 2015

At least as far back as Ben Johnson's steroid scandal at the 1988 Olympics, the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports had entered the public psyche. Johnson's world record sprint, his win, and then, the stripping of his gold medal made news around the world. However,...

6 Mar 2014

The UEFA Euro 2012 tournament is being jointly hosted by Poland and Ukraine. The football is scheduled to start on 8th June with a match between Poland and Greece and it will run until 1st July. The Final will be held in the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv the capital of Ukraine....

28 Jan 2014

In 2012, Gabon, along with Equatorial Guinea, hosted the Africa Cup of Nations, the primary international football competition in Africa. Both nations held an equal number of matches, with Gabon holding the final, and Equatorial Guinea the bronze medal match and opening game. These two...

24 Jan 2014

 Once Rio di Janeiro has hosted the 2016 Summer Olympics, Africa will be the only continent not to have hosted the Summer Olympic Games. Previous Olympic bids by African countries include Cairo for 2008 (which did not get past the first stage), and Cape Town, which came third in the voting...

21 Jan 2014

Even following the collapse of white minority rule, South Africa is still a country with many racial divides in society. Sport is no exception.

Rugby union[1] was, and still is, a sport associated with white groups, particularly Afrikaans...

19 Nov 2013

Undoubtedly, international competitions are by far the most popular and prestigious tournaments throughout the world of sports. For decades, countries have tried to prove their supremacy on this stage, but in order to do that they need their most talented players available. In the light of...

22 Oct 2013

Qatar was the surprise winners in December 2010 of FIFA’s vote to determine the hosts for the 2022 World Cup beating out competition from the United States, South Korea, Japan, and Australia. In recent months, a lot of concerns have been raised about the temperatures in Qatar in summer,...

9 Oct 2013

 Allowing women to play against men in the same sporting leagues has been a debate almost since the start of professional sporting leagues. The issue is whether there can be no competition between men and women due to men’s superior physical strength and about letting women compete...

10 Jul 2013

605 million people in the world are estimated to know how to play chess: over 8 million are registered competitively, representing over 160 countries.1 Despite its presence throughout history and geography, and despite having been recognised as a sport by the International Olympic...

24 Jun 2013

For 17 days every four years the Summer Olympics attract the world's attention and the host city gets immense media coverage. Yet many argue that the huge cost of hosting the Olympic games means that cities are left with crippling bills and empty stadiam once those 17 days are over. Montreal...

19 Mar 2013

The term curriculum refers to the programme of study in various academic subjects (e.g Maths, English, History, Science, Spanish) followed by students at various levels of education. The school or college's teaching staff are employed to teach this curriculum, and students are periodically...

28 Sep 2012

Boxing, the physical skill of fighting with fists, originated as a sport around 800BC.[1] It is a sport of antiquity that has had a troubled and contentious livelihood. The modern day sport has developed from rules and standards established since...

28 Sep 2012

At the moment, FIFA does not permit goal-line technology (GLT) or video replays during matches, although it is permitted for post-match disciplinary measures. In a 1970 meeting of the International Football Association Board, FIFA "request[ed] the television authorities to refrain from any...

28 Sep 2012

Bullfighting is a traditional spectacle of Spain, Portugal, southern France and some Latin American countries (Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador), in which one or more bulls are baited and usually killed by a matador in a bullring for sport and entertainment. It is often called a...

28 Sep 2012

Major League Baseball (MLB), often referred to as “America’s pastime,” is unlike some other sports because it largely disallowing the use of instant replay to determine whether an umpire’s call was correct.  Unlike American football—which allows videos of any play to be reviewed and,...

28 Sep 2012

Major League Baseball (MLB), often referred to as “America’s national pastime,” differs from some other team sports—such as American football, rugby, and ice hockey—in largely seeking to avoid forceful physical contact between players.  The rules of baseball...

28 Sep 2012

College football is the only major sport, collegiate and professional, that does not have a standard playoff at the end of the season to determine a champion. The creation of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) in 1999 was intended to cure some of these problems, by offering up a tiered system of...

28 Sep 2012

In recent years football (soccer to Americans and Australians) has become a huge and highly international business. Once even leading teams were full of players born and brought up within a few miles of the club ground. Now the increasing wealth of the top European leagues, boosted by television...

14 Sep 2012

The world of sport is almost entirely divided between men’s and women’s categories. However men’s sport has always dominated all forms of media coverage despite the fact that women also compete in those exact same sport (increasingly on a professional level). This includes live...

14 Sep 2012

In the UK, Physical Education (PE) is compulsory in state schools until the age of 16 – that is, that sports are compulsory for as long as education is compulsory. Every year, more and more parents complain to their children’s schools about PE; they believe that their children...

14 Sep 2012

Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the Modern Olympic Movement, developed in the early 20th century a set of universal principles – or values – that, he intended, encompassed all Olympic Games: respect, excellence and friendship (London 2012). His principles were born out...

14 Sep 2012

The term child performer includes young singers, actors, dancers, gymnasts, etc. These children are exceptions to the 1973 Convention concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment, and so may be paid for their work, as long as they have permits that “limit the number of hours during...

14 Sep 2012

The United Kingdom is generally seen as the birthplace of football (soccer) as the world currently knows it today. The first formal set of rules were drawn up in the UK by The Football Association in 1863, the first official international game took place in 1872 between Scotland and England in...

27 Jul 2012

With the Olympics fast approaching, we must ask, what is the price of gold? Professional athletes already sacrifice huge amounts in order to earn the ultimate prize, but some athletes endure untold hardships and abuse to get there. Particularly prevalent in gymnastics but present in other sports...

29 Mar 2012

Sports events have often played host to gestures designed to make political points. Holding as they do worldwide media attention, they act as a platform to highlight the actions of repressive regimes. Both the 1980 Moscow Olympics and the 1984 Games in Los Angeles suffered boycotts from a range...