Sport's relationship with China is endlessly fascinating. It is 35 years since the world's most populous nation largely undermined the Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Olympics by dispatching its top athletes to California and winning 32 medals.
More years ago then I care to remember I was working as a young sub-editor on a British broadsheet newspaper when an agency reported that a spectator had been shot and wounded, thankfully not fatally, during a competition at Bisley, the famous UK shooting venue.
As international sport has grown longer in the tooth, it has become fairly commonplace for cities – and now countries – to aspire to host events they first staged a century ago.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has sent a letter to the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) raising serious concerns for its role in the future of Italian sport and issued a warning of suspension should the issues not be rectified promptly.
Tokyo 2020 has finally unveiled the schedule for the boxing tournament due to take place at next year’s Olympic Games.