Posts filed under “Sport”

Usain Bolt proves that humans can fly

Congratulations to Usain Bolt who has consolidated his position as the world's fastest man. Taking just 40 strides, he re-writes the record books for the third time. Isn't it amazing how the human body can move, when it has a clear purpose. In the graph below, I have plotted how the ...

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Halfords bike sales power ahead from Beijing bounce

Following Team GB's cycling success in Beijing when they won a total of 14 Olympic medals, bike sales at Halfords has been impressive. The company now sells in excess of one million bikes a year and has just announced like-for-like sales growth for the period ending March 2009. This means ...

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Wimbledon Organisers send players to the slaughter

Why have the Wimbledon organisers been so fixated on the Men’s Final finishing this Sunday when the schedule has been wrecked by rain? I have never known so many world-class players to be injured in the space of a few days. I was at Wimbledon for the first Saturday - ...

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Dying to be a Football Manager

I’ve often had a little chuckle to myself, when three matches into the start of the new British football season, managers start to get sacked for delivering poor results – yes, that’s the grand total of 270 minutes of football! Now the League Managers Association has just released some health data ...

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Sierra Leone to bid for 2024 Olympics

For those that don’t know, Sierra Leone is the poorest country one earth. I’ll come clean and say that they won’t be bidding, but I wanted to make a point about the growing trend of smaller nations bidding to host global sports events. Today I was participating in the Global Sports ...

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Farewell George Best

George Best, one of the world’s greatest ever footballers (Pele’s words, not mine) died today at the age of 59, following a long battle with alcoholism. George Best, an iconic British sportsman, has never been out of the media even though he retired many years ago. A liver transplant three years ...

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Olympics comes to London…and all because someone pressed the wrong button!

I was at the Business in Sport & Leisure Conference today held in London with an array of high profile speakers including The Rt Hon Richard Caborn MP, UK Minister for Sport. It was fascinating listening to Philip Beard, Commercial Director of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games ...

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What Price For Success?

There has been significant controversy following Mathew Pinsent’s visit to China and his observations that young Chinese gymnasts were being unfairly treated in pursuit of excellence. This followed his visit to the Shichahai Sports School, a boarding school in Beijing that trains gymnasts. He said: `I've been thinking about it a ...

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Yes, its true…Roger Federer has lost a tennis match!

In fact he’s now lost a grand total of…wait for it…four matches this year! In a fantastic final, David Nalbandian just pipped him in five sets to take the Tennis Masters final in Shanghai. To put this into perspective, Federer had won his previous 24 finals! I never thought anyone ...

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A Lovely New Stadium for Brighton

So finally, Brighton & Hove Albion has planning permission to build a new 22,000-seat stadium. The farcical background to this saga, is that the previous club board decided to sell their previous stadium and land to allow the development of a rather large toy shop! That was eight years ago and ...

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