Will Transgender Athletes Bring the End of Women’s Sport as We Know It?

June 29, 2021

The progress of women in sport has been handicapped, not by their own frailty or bodily deficiencies but by myths about their physical abilities. For nearly a century, women’s relative inferiority in sport was attributable to one thing: men. Unenlightened Victorian doctors perpetuated so many...

Why Do So Many Athletes Have Mental Health Issues?

June 16, 2021

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche didn’t have the afflictions of athletes in mind when he wrote this, though many athletes who have surfaced from depression actually appear to be fortified by the ordeal. Others suffer, often in...

Athletes Shake Up Sports Governance

April 14, 2021

Sports governance worldwide has had its legs knocked out from under it. Yet national and international sports administrators are slow in realizing the magnitude of what has hit them. Tectonic plates underlying the guiding principle that sports and politics are unrelated have shifted, driven by a...

Rafael Nadal’s Expensive Source of Positive Energy

August 20, 2020

Rafael Nadal, the “king of clay,” is a phenomenal tennis champion. His already lengthy career has showered him with fame and wealth. Who knows how many grand slams he would have won beyond the impressive 19 he already possesses had he not played in the same era as Roger Federer (20 grand...

Getting Ready for a World Without Sports

March 17, 2020

A week ago, it would have been unthinkable. Now it’s materialized — a world without sports. The calendar still shows Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics, a world heavyweight title fight and the Tour de France, among others. But these events are under threat. Already, the NBA has canceled games in...

The Decision against Caster Semenya Plunges Sport into a Moral Maelstrom

May 01, 2019

The significance of the CAS ruling in the Caster Semenya case will be felt across the world of sport for years to come. “For me, she is not a woman. ... It is useless to compete with this, and it is not fair,” Italian athlete Elisa Cusma Piccione told reporters, pointing toward the winner of...

Should Sport Let Go of the Idea of Binary Sexes?

March 04, 2019

We now seem poised for a change: Instead of understanding women and men as two different halves of a binary, we will see them as different points on a spectrum. "A man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organization is concerned, win everything in sight and...

NBA Star Listens to His “Mom’s Music”

February 22, 2019

There’s a long, culturally complex relationship between basketball, race, music and the American way of life. The Daily Devil's Dictionary explains. When not reporting on events that take place in the arena, stadium, ring or on the court, national sports media in the US occasionally invites us...

World Cup 2018: The Curse of the Pharaohs

July 14, 2018



The “Mohamed Salah Effect” Is Real

July 08, 2018

The Liverpool FC star has inspired a generation of young Egyptians. Solava Ibrahim explains. “Mo Salah, Mo Salah, running down the wing … Salalalaah, the Egyptian king!” This is how fans of Liverpool FC cheer Mohamed Salah, the record-breaking star forward and winner of the English Premier...

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