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.

“I can deal with it a lot easier now; you just have to pick and choose what situations you put yourself in” – England cricketer Sarah Taylor opens up about her anxiety after missing November’s World T20

It is now over a month since England suffered a heavy, eight-wicket defeat to Australia in the Women’s World T20 final. Despite ultimate disappointment that the side couldn’t add the Twenty20 title to their World Cup win in the 50-over format a year earlier, it was generally felt that Heather Knight’s

“There’s a reason why people who listen to cricket on the radio, call it the soundtrack to their summer.” — Adam Collins on purchasing broadcasting rights and the influence of new media

Sydney Cricket Ground. 1999. Over 40,000 Sydney-siders are cheering on Stuart MacGill as he takes seven wickets to seal another famous Ashes series victory for the Australians. Tens of thousands in the stadium are following every ball intently on their handheld radios. Fast forward two decades and one of those spectators,