Sports Writer Robin Herman Dies Aged 70

Gender barrier-defying NHL commentator Robin Herman has died. She was 70. Herman made history when she became one of only two female sports writers to enter a men’s pro-sports locker room in North America. She died at her home in Waltham, Massachusetts, on Tuesday. A feisty and passionate journalist, Herman ….

Alan Thompson Banned Over Sexual Harassment

Two-time Olympic champion and Kiwi canoe racing great Alan Thompson has been banned from the sport. The ban follows a long-running inquiry and investigation into allegations of historical sexual harassment. Allegations against Thompson first surfaced in October last year. The allegations alleged that Thompson had made untoward sexualised remarks toward ….

Broadcaster Gerald Sinstadt Dies

Sad news this week is the passing of one of the most recognisable voices in football commentating. Gerald Sinstadt, who worked as commentator for the BBC and ITV for over 40 years, has died. He was 91. Sinstadt had been a truly versatile sports broadcaster. He covered a variety of ….

Cannabis To Be Reviewed By WADA

Cannabis may have its day in WADA review court yet after the World Doping Agency this week confirmed plans for a scientific review to be launched sometime next year. Whether or not cannabis should remain on WADA’s list of banned substances will be reviewed by a special advisory group, the ….

No Tokyo For Javelin Thrower Tori Peeters

Despite having already qualified for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games, Kiwi javelin thrower Tori Peeters may have to sit out of this year’s Olympic run after all. Tori was last week named as part of the 15-person athletics team headed to Tokyo to represent New Zealand. The naming function was ….

No Cheering At Tokyo Olympic Games

There will be no cheering for athletes at the upcoming Olympic Games, and athletes will not be permitted to visit restaurants and bars in Tokyo during their stay in the country. Wednesday saw the first “Playbook” of ground rules for a safe Tokyo Olympics published, stipulating that those found to ….

Sport New Zealand Wants to a Safer Environment

As part of its continuing dedication to creating a safer sporting environment and in light of an internal integrity post undertaken in 2020, Sport New Zealand has announced several new enterprises for 2021. Among these are a new community guidance portal which will focus on children, an independent mediation service, ….

Coe Says It Won’t Be Easy To Cheat In Tokyo

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe has warned athletes participating in next year’s Olympics against cheating, saying new technology will make it easier than ever before to “fearlessly weed out” drug and doping cheats. Coe also addressed specifically the issue of “high profile athletes” who previously found it comparatively easier to ….

Castle On The Importance Of Collaboration

Incoming Sport New Zealand boss Raelene Castle says she would like to see a more prominent focus on collaboration between different codes once she takes over the reins in six weeks’ time. The former Rugby Australia CEO was this week confirmed the organisation’s new chief executive officer set to take ….

Piri Weepu Opens Up About Mental Health War

Several big-name sports veterans from New Zealand as well as Australia have recently for the first time ever begun speaking out about their own personal mental health battles. Few testimonies have however managed to have a more enormous impact on sports fans and listeners in general than that of legendary ….