London Olympics

Sebastian Coe lays down blueprint for future of sport

Sebastian Coe

The Games are over, but Sebastian Coe does not seem to be winding down. He is just back from Brazil, observing Rio's preparations for the 2016 Olympics. Ask him what brings him to Hong Kong and his answer lasts minutes rather than seconds.

Sunday, 31 March, 2013, 4:56am

Dawn Fraser urges lifelong ban on Australian Olympic swimmers who used sleeping pills

Dawn Fraser

The much-vaunted Australian relay side, who talked themselves up as the "Weapons of Mass Destruction" but failed to make a podium finish, confessed to taking Stilnox - banned by Australian team officials - for a "bonding" night.

1 Mar 2013 - 5:40am

Chinese women's badminton duo rewarded despite being kicked out of London Olympics

Yu Yang, left, and Wang Xiaoli talk during a women's doubles badminton match at the London Olympics on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Photo: AP

The Chinese women's badminton duo kicked out of the London Olympics for playing to lose have been awarded an honour by China's sports governing body.

7 Jan 2013 - 10:58am 1 comment

How they see it, December 30, 2012

The Global Times ranks the change of leadership as the most important event in China in 2012. Photo: AFP

The most important event in China in 2012 was undoubtedly the change of leadership, which is why societal issues came into focus. Keeping the entire year in perspective, most of the problems have come to a soft landing and attitudes throughout society are becoming increasingly positive. 

30 Dec 2012 - 5:50am

Left Field: The time for excuses from Hong Kong athletes is over

Britain's Mo Farah celebrating after winning the men's 5000m final. Photo: AFP

The Mobot and Gangnam Style have been two of the lasting memories for me on the sporting field this past year - Mo Farah at the London Olympics and Chris Gayle during the final of the ICC World T20 in Colombo.

30 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Games brings economic respite but London pines for tourists

Britain exited a double-dip recession in the third quarter with the strongest growth in five years as Olympic ticket sales and a surge in services helped boost the rebound. Photo: Bloomberg

The London Olympics may well have helped Britain come out of recession but it does not seem to have helped attract tourists.

In a recent trip to London, White Collar talked to a number of taxi drivers to find out what was going on in the city.

27 Nov 2012 - 4:09am

Olympic title just the first step for Li

Li Xuerui celebrates her victory in the London Olympic Games final against compatriot Wang Yihan. Photo: Felix Wong

For many athletes, winning an Olympic gold medal may be the mountain climbed, but Chinese badminton star Li Xuerui believes she is still in the foothills.

The 21-year-old left no one in any doubt who is the best player in the world when routing reigning world champion and teammate Wang Yihan in the final at the London Olympics.

18 Nov 2012 - 3:31am

British property prices make rebound from post-Olympic slump

British house prices rose for the first time in five months in October.

British house prices rose for the first time in five months in October as the market rebounded from a post-Olympic slump, research consultancy Acadametrics said.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:22am

Hong Kong 4x100m relay team aiming high for 2013

The Hong Kong 4x100m relay team receive a HK$250,000 cheque to recognise their efforts at the London Olympics. Photo: SCMP

The Hong Kong men's 4x100 metres relay team aim to make amends next year after failing to reach the final at the London Olympic Games this summer.

28 Sep 2012 - 1:52am

Olympics 'distracted' buyers in Britain's housing market

Home sellers in Britain reduced the asking prices for a third month in September as the property market failed to cope with the "distractions" of the London 2012 Olympics, according to Rightmove.

Average asking prices in England and Wales fell 0.6 per cent, after declining 2.4 per cent in August, the operator of Britain's biggest property website said in a report in London today.

19 Sep 2012 - 2:45am

Lack of transparency on mainland at root of Liu Xiang conspiracy theories

Liu Xiang pulled his Achilles tendon and crashed into the first hurdle at the London Olympics. Photo: Reuters

When controversy arises on the mainland, most of us are instinctive in our reaction. We are conditioned to think in particularly ominous tones and believe there is a puppet master in Beijing who pulls the strings for 1.3 billion people. While it might be convenient, it's not necessarily the truth.

2 Sep 2012 - 4:54am

British security giant G4S says its Olympic failure will cost HK$612.9m

British security giant G4S said that its failure to provide enough guards for the London Olympics would cost about £50 million (HK$612.9 million).

The company said in a results statement that it had booked the loss as an exceptional item in the first half. The provision was at the top end of its prior forecast.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:42am

CCTV chiefs gagged over hurdler Liu Xiang's injury at London Olympics

CCTV's Yang Jian wept on air

State television bosses on the mainland knew sporting icon Liu Xiang was seriously injured at the London Olympics, but were prevented from saying so by a government gagging order.

Millions of fans were stunned when Liu crashed to the track in agony after hitting the first barrier in his 110 metres hurdles heat.

24 Aug 2012 - 3:15am

Has London delivered on dreaded L-word?

In any capital city, the best way to discover what is on its mind is to ask a taxi driver. 'Olympic legacies? Nah, I can't see any myself,' concluded the cabbie as we shuttled across the host city of the 2012 Games, the roar of the crowd that cheered Usain Bolt to his historic record still clanging in our ears.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:27pm

Winners and losers: A look back at London 2012

China's Liu Xiang sits on the track after suffering an injury in his men's 110m hurdles round 1 heat during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in this August 7, 2012 file photograph. To match OLY-ATHLETICS-REVIEW-2012/   REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

LONDON — After 17 days glued to the television, the post-Olympics hangover surely has set in. No more track and field on prime time. No more swimming. No more gymnastics. No more BMX or rowing. Back to regularly-scheduled programming (read: NFL training camp and Major League Baseball).

14 Aug 2012 - 7:49pm