Peter Simpson

Crying Games sound death-knell for stiff upper lip

The Great British stiff upper lip is no more. It has been eroding for the last 15 years - a crumbling effect that started with the first signs of emotions in public among the great, the good and rest of us at the Hong Kong handover ceremony in 1997.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:03pm

Class warfare could help GB podium more

Britain finally arrived at its own Olympics on Thursday, winning a clutch of golds and silvers to propel them into the medal table top five.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Chinese teen star's splash causing ripple effects

Curiouser and curiouser becomes the tale of Chinese swimming sensation Ye Shiwen, a story of a prodigy who has stunned and divided the world of sports.

The 16-year-old and her country's sports training system have been given the British media treatment following her remarkable gold medals and record-breaking performances, and she has been dubbed the Mandarin Mermaid.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

Where politics and players collide

There are two fan zones on Kiev's grand main street. One is a tented community decorated with protest banners demanding the release of jailed politician Yuliya Tymoshenko. The other also has many tents and is dedicated to celebrating the cream of European football, offering beer, food, flags and T-shirts, three enormous screens, a huge stage, VIP lounges and fancy dress Cossacks.

23 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Uefa deserves respect for daring to be bold

The trip meter in my Land Rover was reset 17 days ago in Hampshire, England, and ticked on to 3,000 miles - 4,860km - as I pulled into Kharkiv, located between the Ukrainian capital Kiev and Donetsk.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Youth stars in revolt against coach

China's under-19 national coach has been suspended after players mutinied, accusing the unpopular Fan Bin of dishing out beatings and verbal abuse as part of his harsh training regime.

13 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Scaffolding comes off the gleaming architecture as a new capital awakens

Enough articles, blogs and books have been written describing Beijing's rapid modernisation to paper over the Great Wall end to end. All try to capture the years of changing landscape and mindset of China's ancient capital as it prepares to host the 2008 Olympic Games, the much-lauded event that in 100 days will boost the nation's claim to superpower status.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Fans to get lessons in how to behave

China's hot-headed football fans are being sent back to the classroom to learn how to behave during the Olympic tournament.

Games organiser Bocog is worried that scenes which marred recent international tournaments on the mainland - including February's East Asian Cup and last year's Women's World Cup - will be repeated during its 'coming out party' in August.

17 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Newspaper admits error in Rogge's inclusion in protest letter

A British newspaper has blamed an editing error for the inclusion of the International Olympic Committee chief's name in a letter urging China to intervene in Sudan's Darfur crisis.

The news editor of The Independent, Julian Coman, said the error, which appeared on the paper's front page, was made by an editor.

15 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Sprint champ Greene in shock retirement

US sprinter Maurice Greene yesterday announced he was hanging up his spikes after an illustrious track career to concentrate on coaching and music.

The former Olympic and world champion (pictured) said niggling injuries were hampering his training.

5 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Resale of tickets for Beijing 2008 today

Beijing 2008 organisers Bocog are expected to announce the resale of 1.6 million tickets to mainlanders today following last month's computer crash. Bocog chiefs are expected to revert to the lottery system used in the first round of sales after the preferred first come, first served second tranche ended in chaos minutes after opening on October 30. 'There will be a big announcement [today].

30 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Foreign media raise fresh fears on 2008 Games coverage

The world's sporting media pleaded with organisers of the 2008 Beijing Olympics to guarantee press freedom and sweep away the red tape ahead of next year's games.

13 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Old Beijingers get lost in transition

New look is dazzling, but for some the price of change has been high, says Peter Simpson

7 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Wang pays price for soccer failure

The Chinese Football Association has enacted an ancient proverb - kill a chicken to scare the monkeys - to ensure the Olympic national team fall into line after their disappointing performance in Doha.

First-choice goalkeeper Wang Dalei - who plays for Shanghai Liancheng - is to be axed for acting like a prima donna, it was reported in the mainland's press yesterday.

14 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Olympic Briefs

Spectators offered free entry for Gymnastics in Shanghai

16 Jul 2006 - 12:00am