Multi-Sport Events

Paralympians the upholders of Olympic ideal

If professionalism and nationalism pose a challenge to the ideals of the Olympic Games, the Paralympics can be said to uphold them.

Thursday, 30 August, 2012, 2:36am

'London delivered on its promise'

'London delivered on its promise'

The London Games succeeded in refreshing the Olympic brand by injecting enthusiasm as organisers delivered on their promise to create an event tailor-made for athletes, Jacques Rogge said last night.

Hours before the flame was extinguished at the stadium's cauldron during the Games closing ceremony, International Olympic Committee president Rogge said he was a happy man.

12 Aug 2012 - 9:59pm

Ditch corporate excess for the democratic Games

Before its start, the London Olympics was billed as the Austerity Games, given the scraping together of coppers from the UK's collective piggy bank to stage the 30th Olympiad during the global recession.

But as the row over the corporates' hold over the Games rages, the claim that this is the Spartan Olympics is wearing increasingly thin.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:42pm

Olympic spirit goes beyond the Games

There is no stage as grand or symbolically important as the Olympic Games. Those who awoke early today to watch London's impressive opening ceremony got a taste of that and will better appreciate it over the coming three weeks. With 10,343 athletes from 205 teams, it is the biggest sporting and cultural event, but it is about much more than the triumph of winning and the heartache of defeat.

28 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Naked truth about need for security

Napoleon's soldiers discovered the Rosetta Stone, the key to unlocking the ancient Egyptian language. It was bigger than I had expected and is one of the most popular artefacts at the British Museum, which has housed it since 1802.

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Beeb runs rings round rival

BBC Olympics vs London 2012 Both free Rating 9/10 for BBC Olympics, 5/10 for London 2012

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Olympic evolution

With the Olympics only nine days away, athletes from around the world are arriving in London to take part in over 300 events. But not all these events have stood the test of time since the birth of the modern Games.

Source: IOC

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

HK key to winning place in Olympics

Hong Kong, with its dramatic harbour backdrop, has been chosen to showcase squash and the sport's bid to enter the Olympic Games in 2020.

The Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open will carry the hopes of the future after it was named as the tournament which the International Olympic Committee will use to judge the sport's credentials for becoming a medals event.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Big Cash boost for elite athletes

The Hong Kong Sports Institute hopes to double its number of full-time athletes to more than 350 at the redeveloped elite academy after the government increased its funding by 32 per cent to HK$280 million for this financial year.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

China target top-three medals tally

China are targeting a place in the top three of the medals table at the London Olympics, though their squad of over 380 athletes will be considerably down on the number that represented the country at the Beijing Games.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Extending studies fires medal hopes

There are no short cuts to winning medals, but the time investment needed to produce champions has been a major problem for teenagers aiming to become Hong Kong athletes. How can they focus on both sport and school education?

The difficult choice has forced many promising sportsmen and women to give up their Olympic dreams.

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

A sporting chance

There are no short cuts to winning medals, but the time investment needed to produce champions has been a major millstone around the necks of Hong Kong athletes, who are caught on the horns of a dilemma: sport or education?

The choice has forced many to give up their Olympic dreams.

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Slashing Games bid budget defeats object

In keeping with the spirit of beginning the Christmas season early, the government has now offered the public the chance to make a bid to host the 2023 Asian Games at half the price by slashing the original budget by HK$8.5 billion to less than HK$6 billion.

16 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Delhi could still pull off a win in race against time

The chief organiser of New Delhi's embattled Commonwealth Games has already secured a little niche in sporting history by invoking the show business line that it will all be 'all right on the [opening] night'. He will be remembered for that, whether chaotic preparations result in an organisational disaster or the hosts sort them out in time for the opening ceremony next weekend.

26 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Mission impossible accomplished

Athletes at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore loved their pasta, and the woman who was responsible for bringing it to them - Sheryl Lim - had her work cut out for her.

Lim, director of the Youth Olympic Village, had to look after hundreds of athletes and that includes feeding them.

28 Aug 2010 - 12:00am