Voices

When Maria Miller travels to Sochi next week, she must seize the opportunity to raise the issue of LGBT rights with Russian officials

Cherie Blair played pivotal role in securing London 2012 Olympics after attacking French President Jacques Chirac 'like a banshee', says Sebastian Coe

Cherie Blair played a pivotal role in securing the 2012 Olympic Games for London, Sebastian Coe has claimed.

Jamie Donaldson shot a course record in the BMW Masters

Let IOC decide on 2016 allegiances, urges Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell believes the International Olympic Committee should step in to resolve the debate over whether he and the world No 1 Rory McIlroy should represent Britain or Ireland at the 2016 Olympics.

Britain's world No 1 James Willstrop (white shirt) in action

Squash: Sport hopes it is third time lucky in bid to join exclusive Olympic club

After making changes to please the IOC, the sport is confident of winning race to be at 2020 Games

Sir Clive Woodward

Sir Clive Woodward to leave British Olympic Association

Sir Clive Woodward is to leave the British Olympic Association after six years.

Valerie Adams won gold after a rival's disqualification

Valerie Adams is still waiting for her gold medal

Valerie Adams will be not just one of 11 London Olympic champions in action in the Stockholm Diamond League meeting tonight; the New Zealand shot putter will be the only one without the 2012 gold medal.

Colin Moynihan:The BOA chairman is stepping down after seven years

Shot putter stripped of gold medal for doping

The Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk was yesterday stripped of her gold medal after becoming the first athlete to test positive for a performance-enhancing substance during the London Olympics.

Some volunteers have been left with nothing to do

Mayor Boris Johnson thanks London 2012 'Games Makers'

More than 3,000 people have come forward to get involved with sport since the beginning of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Mayor Boris Johnson said today.

The golden Games were great from the starting gun... a legacy of pride and joy

We came so fragile and, let's be honest, fearful into the 30th Olympic Games that ended here last night with all the poignancy of the sweetest parting.

Cameron seeks to capitalise on Olympic buzz by linking sporting endeavour with efforts to rebuild the economy

David Cameron today attempted to extract as much political capital as possible from the success of the London Games – linking Britain’s sporting endeavour with efforts to rebuild the economy.

Lord Coe has been appointed the Olympics Legacy Ambassador

London 2012 nears its conclusion, but what's next for Lord Coe?

When Kenya's David Rudisha rocketed across the finishing line in the 800m to set the first athletics world record of London 2012, Sebastian Coe was there in the stands of the Olympic Stadium cheering.

South Korea's offending sign

Another faux pas mars end of Games

London's attempts to unite the globe in the official Olympic promotion of excellence, friendship and respect looked a little tarnished amid the embarrassment of two diplomatic incidents that came at the start and end of the 2012 Games.

Ghfran Almouhamad of Syria

Syrian 400 metres hurdler Ghfran Almouhamad tests positive

Syrian 400 metres hurdler Ghfran Almouhamad was today disqualified from the Olympic Games after failing a drugs test.

Usain Bolt is the first man to retain the Olympic sprint titles

Guy Keleny: How could he be a legend? His existence is not in doubt

Pedant's View: Legendary figures are the likes of Arthur and Achilles, who may or may not have lived

Jacques Rogge: 'You have to be at the top for almost 20 years which is a great achievement'

I'm a legend, says Usain Bolt. No you're not, says IOC chairman Jacques Rogge

He will never be The Greatest. That accolade can be accorded to only one man: Muhammad Ali – and surely even Usain Bolt, would not argue with that. But who, now that he has become the first person to successfully defend back-to-back Olympic 100m and 200m titles, would challenge the sprinter's assertion that he is "a legend"?

Hamilton stripped of 2004 gold

Tyler Hamilton has been officially stripped of his Athens 2004 time trial gold medal, just days before the eight-year deadline expired.

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