The England cricket team began their tour of Bangladesh this week with two notable absentees drawing more headlines than the travelling team. Eoin Morgan, the limited-overs captain, and opening batsman Alex Hales both ruled themselves out of the tour due to concerns over security. Their fears are not unfounded. Terrorism has twice struck south Asian cricket in recent years. In 2009, […]Read more "Seven of the Most Dangerous Sporting Venues in the World"
After 27 sessions across 16 days featuring 286 boxer from 76 nations, the curtain has finally been drawn on the Rio 2016 Olympics Boxing Tournament. Team GB returned from Rio with mixed results, with the joy of some surprising successes dampened by some disappointing defeats. Home advantage is inordinately influential in the subjectively scored sport of boxing, so the team were never likely […]Read more "Team GB Boxing at the Rio Olympics: Looking back and thinking ahead"
Zhanibek Alimkhanuly Rarely has a Kazakhstani Olympic victory left Zhanibek Alimkhanuly dejected. As a child, Alimkhanuly had trained alongside his compatriot Kamran Shakhsuvarly. But in the Rio middleweight quarterfinal, they were in opposite sides of the ring. Shakhsuvarly had been granted Azerbaijani citizenship in 2013, and he won a contentious decision against Alimkhanuly for his new nation. #Rio2016 #OlympicGamesMen's 75kg – Zhanibek ALIMKHANULY #KAZ WP 3:0 vs […]Read more "The best boxing prospects from the 2016 Rio Olympics: Honourable Mentions"
Before Rio, Uzbekistan hadn’t won a gold medal since Sydney 2000. But the central Asian nation is an emerging powerhouse in the sport. At the 2016 Games, Uzbekistan topped the medal table for boxing, with three golds, two silvers and two bronzes. Hasanboy Dusmatov was the man who broke their gold medal medal duck. #Rio2016 #OlympicGames FINALSMen's 49 kg […]Read more "The best boxing prospects from the 2016 Rio Olympics: Hasanboy Dusmatov"
Michael Conlan provided one of the most enduring images of the 2016 Games, but it not in the manner he had hoped for. The Irish fighter entered Rio as one of the favourites for gold in the red-hot bantamweight division and one of his country’s highest hopes for a medal. Irish boxer Michael Conlan gives the finger to judges Read more at: https://t.co/q4wN1wMC74 pic.twitter.com/QwE8elLJza […]Read more "The best boxing prospects from the 2016 Rio Olympics: Michael Conlan"
After the 2012 London Olympics, USA amateur boxing in the USA looked dead and buried. For the first time in history, the men’s team left the Olympics without a single medal. Four years later, it was reborn at Rio. Shakur Stevenson is the man who brought it back to life. USA boxer Shakur Stevenson just missed […]Read more "The best boxing prospects from the 2016 Rio Olympics: Shakur Stevenson"
Robeisy Ramírez could become the most successful boxer in Olympic history. At 22, he already owns gold medals at two different weight divisions. By 30, he could have five of them. Even if he defected tomorrow, his triumph at Rio puts him in the pantheon of Cuban greats. Enhorabuena Robeisy RAMIREZ #CUB doble campeón Olímpico!!👊👊👊#Boxeo #AIBA […]Read more "The best boxing prospects from the 2016 Rio Olympics: Robeisy Ramírez"