Upon joining insidethegames, nearly a year ago now, the likelihood of frequent work trips abroad was heavily emphasised.
This time next year, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be all but over. The hope is that they will be as successful as the first Olympic Games held in the Japanese capital back in 1964.
David Owen: Triple Olympic gold medallist Michael Jung on Sir Mark Todd, equestrianism's Olympic place - and Brexit
Of the 11,000 or so athletes who will pitch up next year in Tokyo in pursuit of Olympic glory, a tiny and extremely select minority will be attempting to win gold in an individual event at a third consecutive Games.
Mike Rowbottom: Sally Pearson, Australia’s high-performing high-hurdler, calls time on a career of vivid highs and plunging lows
By the eighth day of the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Daegu, the joke about the programme “hoodoo” had become serious as a sequence of star turns featured on the front cover had failed to deliver.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) members have often been criticised for being submissive to the leadership and rarely questioning the decisions or direction taken by the top brass.
Lima’s grey skies have lingered over the Pan American Games, with the Peruvian capital’s weather taking many athletes and officials by surprise. Grey and cold is not the first thought many have when they pack bags for South America.
Nancy Gillen: Women's football is not ready for an expanded World Cup - FIFA need to play the waiting game
The dust from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup had barely settled before thoughts turned to the 2023 edition of the tournament, fuelled by the news that football’s international governing body was set to expand the competition from 24 to 32 teams.
After the drama of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup final, the five Test Ashes series between England and Australia began this week in Birmingham.
Mike Rowbottom: Malcolm Nash - fixed in history for six fateful deliveries; but delivered from that by his talent and humour
There are people out there who, should I pre-decease them - at some date very, very far into the future, obviously - will remember me primarily as that bloke who fell asleep on the toilet in a Madrid restaurant and only got out when armed police, and the owner, arrived to investigate a triggered alarm.
A few days ago, a flurry of news stories reported that Premier League footballer Mamadou Sakho was suing the World Anti-Doping Agency for £13 million ($15.8 million/€14.5 million).
Last week in this space, I was extolling the virtues of boxing when I wrote of my great passion for it as my favourite sport in my 65 years in journalism.
Liam Morgan: India would be foolish to go through with Birmingham 2022 boycott but CGF has been here before
This past weekend was supposed to be full of celebration and anticipation for organisers of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Panam Sports officials have spent the majority of the week sounding relieved that despite significant issues in Lima 2019’s preparations for the Games, it looks as if the continental event will turn out all right in the end.
A vibrant and energetic Opening Ceremony got the Lima 2019 Pan American Games up and running with a bang last night, watched by a sold-out crowd at Estadio Nacional del Perú.
Philip Barker: The Flame has always been important to Japan, a pattern which will continue at Tokyo 2020
One year from tonight, the Flame for Tokyo 2020 will be alight. "Hope Lights Our Way" is the motto for their Torch Relay, which is set to visit regions most affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.