Voices

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

Andreas Whittam-Smith: We won the Games – but we lost our dignity

I hope the London Olympic Games will be a big success. I am pretty sure they will be. On the other hand… On the other hand I strongly object to the way the International Olympic Committee (IOC) insists that countries bidding for the Games give the rules and regulations of the Olympic Movement precedence over national laws. That is why the first task facing the Government seven years ago, following London's selection, was to go to Parliament with proposals for legislation that would give the IOC what it wanted. And the result – the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006 – is the origin of most of the arrangements that we most dislike, such as the complete reorganisation of London traffic together with special lanes for the benefit of IOC members, sponsors and assorted hangers-on.

London 2012: Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Cadbury given 'unrivalled platform' to promote unhealthy brands at Olympics

Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Cadbury’s are being given an “unrivalled platform” to promote unhealthy brands and products at the Olympics, says a new study.

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BMW 3 Series

The car that goes from ZiL to 60 for two weeks

Jess Ennis will have home hopes on her shoulders

Bumps along the way but let the London 2012 Olympic Games begin...

Seven years ago I stood in the square in front of Stratford station, behind which stood the wasteland of an Olympic dream, one of a curious audience who had gathered just in case; just in case Jacques Rogge opened the envelope and said "London" in that careful, plodding voice of his.

Widows of Israeli athletes murdered during 1972 Munich Olympics attack International Olympic Committee

Criticism comes after the IOC refused to officially mark the 40th anniversary of the massacre

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner

London 2012: Argentina to snub UK by refusing to send president to Olympic Games opening ceremony

Argentina has decided not to send its president to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in a diplomatic snub to Britain at a time of growing tensions over the Falkland Islands.

July 12, 2012: Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, tests out a bed during his visit to the 2012 Olympic Park and Olympic Village in London.

Mayor Boris Johnson steals show as IOC is welcomed to London

London mayor Boris Johnson stole the show from the Royal Ballet and opera stars such as Placido Domingo as the International Olympic Committee were welcomed to London last night.

Olympic torch to be carried on London Underground

The Olympic flame will ride the London Underground today as it continues its week-long journey through each of the host city's 33 boroughs.

Natalie Haynes: I don't want the world to know what I watch curled up on the sofa

Notebook: I can’t get past the belief that the rewards for the consumer are smaller than the rewards for the provider

My 12th Olympics – and I can't wait for Britain's gold rush

When the Olympic flame finally lights up London around midnight on Friday, it will ignite an unprecedented fever that should envelop the nation. The 30th Olympiad will be propelled to the forefront of our consciousness, a wondrous festival of sport and culture like no other on earth.

Jacques Rogge: The IOC chief has ruled out sanctions against Joao Havelange

IOC meets in London to discuss corruption

First came the athletes, now the grandees. The leaders of the International Olympic Committee will meet in London today to discuss allegations of multimillion-pound corruption against one of its most prominent former members.

Lord Coe unveils
the Olympic
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Lord Coe sparks confusion and anger over Olympics sponsorship row

Spectators who try and enter Olympic venues wearing some types of branded clothing could be turned away, the head of the London Games said today.

The Olympic Stadium: An ideal venue for the Moaning Olympics

BBC to broadcast Olympics until 2020

The BBC have been awarded the broadcast rights for the next four summer and winter Olympics up to 2020.

Sarah Attar: The 17-year-old based in the USA will compete after lengthy talks with the IOC

Saudis bow to pressure and field women for first time

For the first time in Olympic history, all 204 participating nations will include female athletes after Saudi Arabia belatedly bowed to pressure and added two women to its team for the London Games.

Sarah Attar: The 17-year-old based in the USA will compete after lengthy talks with the IOC

Every Olympic nation will field women as Saudi Arabia caves in

Martial artist and 800m runner will become first females to represent their country

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