AARHUS, DENMARK - APRIL 04: IAAF president Lord Sebastian Coe looks on at the ASOIF General Assembly underway during the third day of SportAccord Convention 2017 at the Scandinavian Centre on April 4, 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Olympics

Thought leadership: making Mandela’s words real

It was of course Nelson Mandela who told us all something so simple, so eloquent and so powerful.

“Sport,” he said, “has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to inspire to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair …”

Christian Taylor in the Pre Classic triple jump // Getty Images

Track and field

If a track meet happens in the forest, does it make a sound?

The 43rd edition of the Prefontaine Classic went down over the weekend at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Pre is purportedly the leading professional track meet in the United States, the only American stop of the year on the world track and field tour, what is now called the Diamond League.

Eugene, for those who have never been, is surrounded by foothills and forests — literally, forests — to the south, east and west. Thus this philosophical question: if a track meet happens in the forest but it barely makes a sound anywhere else, then — what?

French president Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace with the IOC evaluation commission and Paris 2024 bid team // Philippe Millereau / KMSP / PARIS 2024

2024 Bid Cities

How is Paris bid like The Rocky Horror Picture Show?

PARIS — Taking in the sight of the new French president, Emmanuel Macron, on Tuesday hosting the International Olympic Committee’s evaluation commission along with the Paris 2024 bid team, you could almost hear the soundtrack playing from the 1975 cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show:

Let’s do the time warp again, people.

Baron Pierre de Coubertin

2024 Bid Cities

What did de Coubertin know for 2024?

PARIS — Welcome, members of the International Olympic Committee evaluation commission and, incidentally, jackals of the press following behind at a respectful distance and, please, do keep it respectful. This is where it all began, on June 23, 1894, the French Baron Pierre de Coubertin proclaiming to a gathering of swells, “I … lift my glass to the Olympic idea, which has traversed the mists of the ages like an all-powerful ray of sunlight and returned to illumine the threshold of the 20th century with a gleam of joyous hope.”

Here we are in 2017, and the IOC has its backside in a bind. The baron, more than a century ago, could have predicted this very thing.