Knowledge bank: Declan Hill explains why the Russian mafia is attracted to hockey both in the former Soviet Union and abroad. He shows how organised crime figures deliberately targeted some of the top hockey players in the NHL and were able to socialise with them, to extort them, and in some cases to actually go into business with them.
Despite the profile that it engenders for a nation as well as a myriad of benefits, sport remains a low priority in the budgets of most of the worlds developing nations. But, argues William Glenwright, sport is an integral and necessary component of an overall aid program geared essentially towards the alleviation of poverty.
The Italian doping expert Sandro Donati reveals the growing consumption of sports drugs and the related illegal sector, using one Italian court case as an example of how internationalized the drug trade is
Chief detective inspector Gunnar Hermansson from the Swedish police is an expert on the black market for anabolic steroids and other hormones. In this articles he outlines the main illegal products and explains where they come from.
Knowledge Bank: Aidan White, Secretary General of the International Federation of Journalists, points out the complicity of the media in producing bad sports journalism. The degree of economic interdependence between media and the world of sports whether through advertising, sponsorship or negotiation of television rights has led to complacency and worse in the editorial approach to sports reporting.