Jan Dijkema, who as President of the International Skating Union is about to oversee the World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama in Japan, was a politician before he was a sporting politician, working as representing the PvdA in the House of Representatives in his native Netherlands until 1994.
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When Karoliina Lundahl first took up weightlifting in the 1980s it was a men-only sport dominated by Europe.
Fifty years ago this week, Avery Brundage, then President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), sat down and composed a long letter to his colleagues on the IOC Executive Board.
Krasnoyarsk, host of the Winter Universiade that starts on Saturday (March 2), lies at the geographical centre of Siberia. As Russia hosts this event for the first time, it does so fully confident that there will be no need for artificial snow.
Firstly, some facts about Vitaly Mutko. He was born on December 8, 1958 in the Apsheronsky District. He began work as a technician on shipping vessels in 1977. After becoming involved in local politics, he rose to the position of Deputy Mayor of Saint Petersburg in 1992.
As Winter European Youth Olympic Festival starts in Sarajevo, a question - are international championships for under-18s a case of "too much, too young"?
Two years later than originally planned, Sarajevo and East Sarajevo are playing host to the Winter European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF), which got underway today and is due to run until Friday (February 15).
Gian-Franco Kasper, who in May last year was elected as President of the International Ski Federation (FIS) for the sixth time, used the metaphor of a litmus test as he contemplated his sport’s prospects in the wake of last year's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.
100 years on - here's to you, Jackie Robinson, baseball legend and sporting pioneer of racial integration
This Thursday (January 31) marks the birth centenary of a sportsman for whom the phrase "cometh the hour, cometh the man" might have been invented - Jackie Robinson.
Ramsamy, the man Mandela called his son, reflects at 80 on SANROC, the IOC and his “greatest moment” at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics
After 20 years of service as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Sam Ramsamy finished his term of office at the end of 2018 because of the age limit.
Lausanne 2020 President confident of building on Baumann's success as one year countdown to Winter Youth Olympics begins
Becoming President of an Organising Committee is a notable achievement but Swiss freestyle skiing star Virginie Faivre undoubtedly wishes she could have done so in less tragic circumstances.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) lost one of its most distinctive and thought-provoking voices when Richard Peterkin stepped down as full member at the end of last year, on attaining the applicable age-limit.
More history due to be made at the Australian Open that gave Vitas Gerulaitis the chance of his life on New Year’s Eve 1977
The 2019 Australian Open, which starts on January 14 on the hard courts of Melbourne Park, will be historic - no matter what the results. The 107th edition, and the 51st in the Open Era, will feature for the first time final set tie-breaks in singles matches.
As we move towards the close of another hectic, controversial, spectacular, worrying (please employ another five or so random adjectives of your choice, to taste) sporting year it is clear that we have had some very obvious highs and, yes, some very clear lows.
Next year, in the space of just over four months, the International University Sports Federation (FISU) will stage not one but two multi-sport events second only to the Olympics in terms of scale and complexity.
Before the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Short Course World Swimming Championships get underway in Hangzhou in China on Tuesday (December 11), the InterContinental Hangzhou hotel is hosting the fifth edition of the World Aquatics Convention.