Nicolas Atkin

Nicolas is a production editor on the South China Morning Post's sport desk. He was previously a sports writer for ESPN, and can be found on most days trying to think of ways he can pretend professional wrestling is a sport so that he can write about it.
Nicolas Atkin
Nicolas is a production editor on the South China Morning Post's sport desk. He was previously a sports writer for ESPN, and can be found on most days trying to think of ways he can pretend professional wrestling is a sport so that he can write about it.

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Kenneth To was once ‘the best swimmer in the world, pound for pound’ – Australia pays tribute to former star

Record-breaking Hong Kong swimmer was young prodigy for Australia before injuries, and sacrificed Olympic dream to help team win gold at Commonwealth Games

20 Mar 2019 - 11:35AM

Record-breaking Hong Kong swimmer was young prodigy for Australia before injuries, and sacrificed Olympic dream to help team win gold at Commonwealth Games

Kenneth To was once ‘the best swimmer in the world, pound for pound’ – Australia pays tribute to former star
Sun Yang pays tribute to Kenneth To after shock death at 26 – ‘may there be no pain in heaven’

Chinese swimming superstar writes moving message after former teammate dies suddenly in the US, as world governing body Fina expresses ‘immense sadness’

19 Mar 2019 - 6:46PM

Chinese swimming superstar writes moving message after former teammate dies suddenly in the US, as world governing body Fina expresses ‘immense sadness’

Sun Yang pays tribute to Kenneth To after shock death at 26 – ‘may there be no pain in heaven’
Kobe Bryant superfan from China returns NBA legend’s stolen high school jersey

Harbin native Liu Zhe pays US$2,000 for shirt before realising it was snatched in 2017 break-in, but happily sends it back to Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania

14 Mar 2019 - 6:31PM

Harbin native Liu Zhe pays US$2,000 for shirt before realising it was snatched in 2017 break-in, but happily sends it back to Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania

Kobe Bryant superfan from China returns NBA legend’s stolen high school jersey
Opinion | Shang-Chi, Marvel’s first Asian-led superhero film, will only perpetuate outdated martial arts myths

Film based on ‘Master of Kung Fu’ Shang-Chi to follow Black Panther blueprint but could deify traditional martial arts when serious questions are being asked about its effectiveness

14 Mar 2019 - 1:26PM

Film based on ‘Master of Kung Fu’ Shang-Chi to follow Black Panther blueprint but could deify traditional martial arts when serious questions are being asked about its effectiveness

Shang-Chi, Marvel’s first Asian-led superhero film, will only perpetuate outdated martial arts myths
Opinion | Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick celebration trolls Diego Simeone but could land him in hot water

Juventus superstar faces possible Uefa charge and fine for mimicking Diego Simeone after Champions League heroics against Atletico Madrid

13 Mar 2019 - 12:01PM

Juventus superstar faces possible Uefa charge and fine for mimicking Diego Simeone after Champions League heroics against Atletico Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick celebration trolls Diego Simeone but could land him in hot water
Hong Kong E-Prix to consider move from Central harbourfront as Formula E chiefs hold talks with government

Formula E chairman Alejandro Agag to discuss extending street circuit but organisers will consider other city locations if solution is not found.

11 Mar 2019 - 10:26AM

Formula E chairman Alejandro Agag to discuss extending street circuit but organisers will consider other city locations if solution is not found.

Hong Kong E-Prix to consider move from Central harbourfront as Formula E chiefs hold talks with government
Hong Kong E-Prix: FIA strips Sam Bird of Formula E victory after Andre Lotterer nudge; Edoardo Mortara wins
Formula E: Jean-Eric Vergne ‘eating black bread’ but won’t crumble under Hong Kong pressure

Defending champion believes ‘it can only get better from here’ after shaky start to season five, and hopes his bad luck is over heading into Hong Kong E-Prix

10 Mar 2019 - 11:26AM

Defending champion believes ‘it can only get better from here’ after shaky start to season five, and hopes his bad luck is over heading into Hong Kong E-Prix

Formula E: Jean-Eric Vergne ‘eating black bread’ but won’t crumble under Hong Kong pressure
Formula E: Alejandro Agag wants wet outdoor, dry indoor London E-Prix – ‘that will be unique in racing’

Chairman Alejandro Agag says ‘very cool’ season six finale will be a highlight of the calendar, with NIO driver Oliver Turvey relishing the return of a home race

9 Mar 2019 - 11:10PM

Chairman Alejandro Agag says ‘very cool’ season six finale will be a highlight of the calendar, with NIO driver Oliver Turvey relishing the return of a home race

Formula E: Alejandro Agag wants wet outdoor, dry indoor London E-Prix – ‘that will be unique in racing’
Formula E goes into the unknown as rain promises Hong Kong E-Prix carnage

Expect crashes and even more unpredictability at the Hong Kong E-Prix, with excitement and apprehension in equal measure for drivers

9 Mar 2019 - 11:10PM

Expect crashes and even more unpredictability at the Hong Kong E-Prix, with excitement and apprehension in equal measure for drivers

Formula E goes into the unknown as rain promises Hong Kong E-Prix carnage
Formula E: Daniel Abt out to avenge Hong Kong E-Prix heartbreak – ‘we won fair and square’

German philosophical during ride on Formula E tram, and says ‘I can’t change the past, but I can change what happens next’

9 Mar 2019 - 8:59AM

German philosophical during ride on Formula E tram, and says ‘I can’t change the past, but I can change what happens next’

Formula E: Daniel Abt out to avenge Hong Kong E-Prix heartbreak – ‘we won fair and square’
Opinion | Neymar’s Instagram meltdown at Manchester United miracle reveals his true colours

PSG forward reportedly faces ban for profanity-laden rant at referees over late VAR penalty – but is he more annoyed he won’t get his personal moment of glory?

8 Mar 2019 - 11:20AM

PSG forward reportedly faces ban for profanity-laden rant at referees over late VAR penalty – but is he more annoyed he won’t get his personal moment of glory?

Neymar’s Instagram meltdown at Manchester United miracle reveals his true colours
CrossFit Open 19.1 results – Snorre Fjaagesund, Mikaela Norman win first workout, as judges penalise leaders for form
Formula E: what’s on at Tamar Park E-Village fan festival for the 2019 Hong Kong E-Prix

Highlights include expanded gaming arena with simulators of the Central Harbourfront street circuit, and a giant screen showing all the on-track action

6 Mar 2019 - 1:18PM

Highlights include expanded gaming arena with simulators of the Central Harbourfront street circuit, and a giant screen showing all the on-track action

Formula E: what’s on at Tamar Park E-Village fan festival for the 2019 Hong Kong E-Prix
Formula E is coming of age in season five – it’s no longer trying to copy Formula One, and that’s a good thing

Changes to format and cars add to competitive chaos and create distinct feel, with electric racing series more thrillingly unpredictable than ever heading into Hong Kong

8 Mar 2019 - 12:53PM

Changes to format and cars add to competitive chaos and create distinct feel, with electric racing series more thrillingly unpredictable than ever heading into Hong Kong

Formula E is coming of age in season five – it’s no longer trying to copy Formula One, and that’s a good thing
‘You should just be a model’ – Cecilia Yeung stars in Nike advert challenging sexism in sport

‘How can you earn a living with the high jump?’ Hong Kong record holder says sarcastically, in video encouraging female athletes to overcome prejudice

2 Mar 2019 - 11:19AM

‘How can you earn a living with the high jump?’ Hong Kong record holder says sarcastically, in video encouraging female athletes to overcome prejudice

‘You should just be a model’ – Cecilia Yeung stars in Nike advert challenging sexism in sport
One Championship makes Vitor Belfort its latest star signing as UFC legend joins growing roster

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion becomes latest big-name addition for Singapore-based MMA organisation with One looking to make inroads in US and South America

1 Mar 2019 - 12:17PM

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion becomes latest big-name addition for Singapore-based MMA organisation with One looking to make inroads in US and South America

One Championship makes Vitor Belfort its latest star signing as UFC legend joins growing roster
CrossFit Open 2019: what is Workout 19.2? Full details from week two announcement

Organisers release details for second workout in live announcement from Sydney, Australia with places at the CrossFit Games up for grabs

1 Mar 2019 - 10:49AM

Organisers release details for second workout in live announcement from Sydney, Australia with places at the CrossFit Games up for grabs

CrossFit Open 2019: what is Workout 19.2? Full details from week two announcement
Formula E: Hong Kong E-Prix has contingency plans in case of traffic congestion chaos

Traffic conditions will be monitored amid Central Harbourfront road closures during race weekend, with government departments to implement measures to ease any disruption

27 Feb 2019 - 10:13PM

Traffic conditions will be monitored amid Central Harbourfront road closures during race weekend, with government departments to implement measures to ease any disruption

Formula E: Hong Kong E-Prix has contingency plans in case of traffic congestion chaos
India in shock as wrestling sensation Ritu Phogat quits for MMA with One Championship

Wrestling Federation of India claims it was kept in the dark and ‘can’t believe’ national champion’s decision to join Singapore-based One Championship

27 Feb 2019 - 10:13PM

Wrestling Federation of India claims it was kept in the dark and ‘can’t believe’ national champion’s decision to join Singapore-based One Championship

India in shock as wrestling sensation Ritu Phogat quits for MMA with One Championship
CrossFit Open Workout 19.1 chaos as server issues prevent score submissions before deadline

Many users complain about not being able to upload Workout 19.1 scores on official website, with organisers apologising over gaffe amid criticism

26 Feb 2019 - 3:40PM

Many users complain about not being able to upload Workout 19.1 scores on official website, with organisers apologising over gaffe amid criticism

CrossFit Open Workout 19.1 chaos as server issues prevent score submissions before deadline
Opinion | Manchester United could see China turn from red to blue as Man City buy Chengdu club

City’s Abu Dhabi owners add third-tier Sichuan Jiuniu FC to growing portfolio as battle for brand supremacy in China hots up between English Premier League rivals

21 Feb 2019 - 4:09PM

City’s Abu Dhabi owners add third-tier Sichuan Jiuniu FC to growing portfolio as battle for brand supremacy in China hots up between English Premier League rivals

Manchester United could see China turn from red to blue as Man City buy Chengdu club
Naomi Osaka cries over coach split controversy after Dubai defeat as Asia’s first world No 1 shrinks in the spotlight

Japanese star loses first match since shock split from coach Sascha Bajin after Australian Open win, and says ‘I feel like people are staring at me, not in a good way’

20 Feb 2019 - 10:22PM

Japanese star loses first match since shock split from coach Sascha Bajin after Australian Open win, and says ‘I feel like people are staring at me, not in a good way’

Naomi Osaka cries over coach split controversy after Dubai defeat as Asia’s first world No 1 shrinks in the spotlight
Tottenham heading to Singapore and Shanghai for preseason tour in July

English Premier League side travelling to Asia as part of preseason plans with first visit to mainland China in a decade

19 Feb 2019 - 5:05PM

English Premier League side travelling to Asia as part of preseason plans with first visit to mainland China in a decade

Tottenham heading to Singapore and Shanghai for preseason tour in July
Naomi Osaka wins Laureus award for Breakthrough of the Year as fallout from firing coach Sascha Bajin rumbles on

Asia’s first world No 1 wins Breakthrough of the Year at Laureus World Sports Awards with search for new coach continuing after shock Sascha Bajin split

19 Feb 2019 - 10:43AM

Asia’s first world No 1 wins Breakthrough of the Year at Laureus World Sports Awards with search for new coach continuing after shock Sascha Bajin split

Naomi Osaka wins Laureus award for Breakthrough of the Year as fallout from firing coach Sascha Bajin rumbles on
Chinese football club Guangzhou Evergrande to demote players based on ratings in bizarre turn
Opinion | Naomi Osaka buries former coach Sascha Bajin as she breaks silence on split – and it’s no more Miss Nice Girl

World No 1 working with Japan Tennis Association coach Masashi Yoshikawa in Dubai and says she wasn’t willing to sacrifice her happiness for Sascha Bajin

18 Feb 2019 - 10:31PM

World No 1 working with Japan Tennis Association coach Masashi Yoshikawa in Dubai and says she wasn’t willing to sacrifice her happiness for Sascha Bajin

Naomi Osaka buries former coach Sascha Bajin as she breaks silence on split – and it’s no more Miss Nice Girl
Hong Kong Marathon's craziest costumes
Formula E: Felipe Massa’s dismal start is baffling – where has it all gone wrong for the F1 star?

New poster boy hoping for turnaround in fortunes ahead of Hong Kong in March, but is rock bottom of drivers standings after struggling with car

15 Feb 2019 - 1:06PM

New poster boy hoping for turnaround in fortunes ahead of Hong Kong in March, but is rock bottom of drivers standings after struggling with car

Formula E: Felipe Massa’s dismal start is baffling – where has it all gone wrong for the F1 star?
Opinion | Jeremy Lin used to ‘run’ from role of representing Asia but says he now embraces it after Toronto Raptors debut

Taiwanese-American NBA star opens up on struggling with pressure of being Asian role model, but Toronto Raptors guard is now proudly embracing his status in a city and franchise that is a perfect fit

17 Feb 2019 - 2:11PM

Taiwanese-American NBA star opens up on struggling with pressure of being Asian role model, but Toronto Raptors guard is now proudly embracing his status in a city and franchise that is a perfect fit

Jeremy Lin used to ‘run’ from role of representing Asia but says he now embraces it after Toronto Raptors debut
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