Simon Barnes

UK Sport’s brutal funding cuts show that winning is now all that matters

22 February 2017 9:21

Is sport really so great? Or is it only winning that’s great? UK Sport says a loud yes to question…

Russia killed Olympic amateurism. Now it might kill anti-doping

9 December 2016 14:44

The row about Russia’s state-sponsored doping programme will continue for years. The fact is that Russia has a long tradition…

Is the era of dope-free sport over?

12 August 2016 10:55

The row about Russia’s state-sponsored doping programme will continue for years. The fact is that Russia has a long tradition…

Great Britain could win gold in Olympic moaning

4 August 2016 14:53

When I was on local papers we waged an open war on Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, the body that…

The world will rejoice with Leicester City

2 May 2016 23:00

It’s one of the oldest stories of them all, deeply embedded in our nature and our culture. In some ways…

Why did Maria Sharapova allow herself to get caught?

10 March 2016 12:28

Maria Sharapova topped the list for the world’s highest earning female athlete for 11 consecutive years. Not that she has…

This could be the year that sport dies of corruption

27 January 2016 15:23

Like religion, sport can take any amount of passion in its stride. It’s indifference that’s the killer. Sport can be…

The England vs France match was a glorious response to terrorism

17 November 2015 22:08

Ain’t it rum? Last week sport was morally bankrupt, finished, no longer worthy of taking up an intelligent person’s time…

Reforming Fifa will be an even more messy job than exposing it

2 June 2015 19:35

There he was, doing his lovable leader act: the little father of all the world, humble and slightly dishevelled. The…

Fifa’s fantasy kingdom is finally starting to collapse

27 May 2015 12:48

Can it be that the great fantasy kingdom of Fifa has finally collapsed? Is this the fall of Oz? Is…