10 reasons why sports mega events are increasingly hosted by authoritarian countries and not democratic western states

The most recent example of a democratic state that cancelled a bid for the Olympic Games came in November 2018 when Calgary voted against hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics. Stockholm is still bidding for those Games. It withdrew its bid for the 2022 Games and also the current bid is arguable.

The year in sport 2018: Athletics

The absence of a global championship can sometimes starve the athletics season of its usual excitement and rich story lines. However, there was still much to savour in 2018 with the European Championships being the showpiece event in an absorbing calendar year. The summer’s Championships cemented Dina Asher-Smith’s status as the leading light

The year in sport 2018: Snooker

2018 was the year of 'The Rocket' Ronnie O’Sullivan, as he officially became the greatest snooker player of all-time, moving onto 19 majors, overtaking Stephen Hendry’s 18. He also becoming the record UK Championship title holder with seven. This victory statistically proves something snooker fans have known for a long time.

The year in sport 2018: Gymnastics

2018 had a few milestone moments to treasure in Gymnastics, a sport which continues to grow in popularity and recognition around the world. This year saw 22,000 gymnasts involved in British Gymnastics events, with 11,260 medals awarded to those athletes. All this was witnessed in front of 50,000 spectators over the

The year in sport 2018: Squash

For a sport that has thus far been marginalised from Olympic inclusion, squash has enjoyed good exposure this past year. Featuring at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires and with the Professional Squash Association’s (PSA) YouTube channel most recently hitting 100,000 subscribers, the global reach of squash is