Construction under way at the National Stadium for the Baku 2015 European Olympics. Photograph: Getty Images

Typical of Pat Hickey to answer my first question before he’s even asked. Hickey hasn’t lasted a quarter of a century – or a record seven terms – a(...)

A general view of the Olympic village in the mountain ski resort of Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) east from Sochi. Photograph: Reuters

What does $51 billion buy you in a Black Sea subtropical resort these days? A heap of trouble, if the preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Soc(...)

New IOC president Thomas Bach (right) who succeeded Jacques Rogge (left). Photograph: Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images

You would not believe some of the derision hurled my way from certain colleagues in Croke Park last Sunday, simply for spreading the news that Tokyo g(...)

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge holds up the name of Thomas Bach  after he was elected the ninth president of the IOC. Photograph: Enrique Marcarian/Reuters

Thomas Bach has been elected as the new president of the International Olympic Committee. The 59-year-old from Germany, a former Olympic fencing champ(...)

 Fireworks light up the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England.   Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Divining the real cost of an Olympics Games is as impossible as parsing the motives of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) members for choosing (...)

Katie Taylor exchanges blows with Natasha Jonas during their bout at the London Olympics last year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Amateur boxing officials have accepted defeat in their bid to increase the number of women’s weight categories for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The wor(...)

People shout anti-government slogans as they gather for a demonstration at Taksim Square in Istanbul last weekend. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

Istanbul makes its final presentation to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games today as widespread opposition to Turkey’s government threatens t(...)

Protesters run in panic as Turkish riot police returned to Istanbul’s Taksim Square yesterday. Riot police fired volleys of tear gas canisters into the square, the centre of protests against prime minister Tayyip Erdogan, driving thousands into narrow side streets, witnesses said. Photograph: Reuters/Yannis Behrakis

The epicentre of anti-government protests sweeping Turkey was tense last night ahead of anticipated talks between prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (...)