2012 London Olympics

Jeremy Hunt: Olympic silence is none of my business

By Jessica Elgot, June 28, 2012

Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has refused to back calls from the US Senate and the Australian, Canadian and German governments for a minute’s silence at the 2012 London Olympics to remember the 11 Israelis murdered in Munich in 1972.


Israel names 36-man squad for London Olympics

By Simon Griver, June 25, 2012

Zvi Varshaviak has described the 36-man squad for the London Olympics as the best quality squad Israel has sent to a Games.

The squad falls short of the 43 Israelis who represented the country in Israel in Beijing four years ago.

IOC President Varshaviak said: "We've had larger squads but this is the best quality squad we have ever had and we expect to win more than two medals."


Hypocrisy: a key Olympic sport

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 21, 2012

I first became aware of the hypocrisy that lies at the heart of the world-wide athletics fraternity when researching the role of drugs in sport with special reference to the case of the British sprinter Dwain Chambers.


Justice for Jessica Ennis

June 21, 2012

Theo Caplan, a 15-year-old pupil at St Paul’s School in London, has been bending the ears of athletics authorities over the scoring system in the heptathlon which, he says, unfairly disadvantages British Olympic gold-medal hope Jessica Ennis.


IOC insists athletes must compete with Israelis this summer

By Jennifer Lipman, June 21, 2012

Olympic athletes who boycott Israeli competitors in London will be in breach of IOC rules.

A spokesman for the International Olympic Committee declared that refusing to compete against Israelis would


Israeli licencee denies Olympics tickets scam

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 21, 2012

The Israeli former Olympic swimmer, Yoav Bruck, has vehemently denied allegations in the Sunday Times that he is part of an international black market selling tickets for major events at London 2012, at a large mark-up and against Olympic regulations.


Labour back calls for Commons silence for Munich anniversary

By Jennifer Lipman, June 15, 2012

Opposition MPs are calling on the government to agree to a parliamentary commemoration the Munich Olympic massacre when the games come to London this summer.


Olympic victory on tickets for Hasmonean pupils

By Jessica Elgot, June 14, 2012

Hasmonean Primary pupils thought they would not be going to the Olympics when the volleyball tickets offered to the school were for a Saturday session. But, following the intervention of London Assembly Member Andrew Dismore, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) has given the school tickets on another day for the basketball, being held in the Olympic Park.


Olympic boycotts of Israelis 'against IOC rules'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2012

Olympic athletes who boycott Israeli competitors in London this summer will be in breach of the organising committee's rules.

A spokesman for the International Olympic Committee stated categorically that refusing to compete against Israelis would represent "a serious breach of the IOC's Code of Ethics, the principles of the Olympic Charter and the Athletes Oath".


Olympic politics

June 7, 2012

Few people will understand how an Israeli International Olympics Committee member, of all people, could lead the opposition to a minute's silence at this year's games to commemorate the 11 Israeli athletes murdered in Munich in 1972.