No longer do existing teams appear, but new franchises, where older concepts like playing for your team, your local side, are deemed irrelevant.
As the IAAF president Lord Coe acknowledged, he could not guarantee that the 2017 World Athletics Championships will be drug free on the basis that 'people will always seek to cheat'.
I don’t believe that any athlete should be booed after serving a drug ban and being allowed by the relevant sporting organisation to compete again.
Too much is made of the importance of the Olympic Games in an era where increasing importance is given to world championships for a number of reasons.
Over the decades, there was one distinct name in the commentary box that broadcast through the stands and in the homes of immigrants and naturalised Australians.
The tone got somewhat more excited with the announcement that Cricket Australia, after two decades, would end its relationship with Carlton and United Breweries.
Two thumping victories for the touring South Africans in the first and second test matches did not merely give the Australian cricket establishment the scare of its life; it suggested a potential implosion.
The risks were there, irrespective what the NSW cricket team had done, and 'were not exacerbated by any such matters'.
The 'host city effect' from the Sydney games has gone. The Australian team won as many medals at the Rio Olympics as it could plausibly expect to.
Certain countries consistently take the lion's share of medals at the Olympics but it's got little to do with national character.
One function of description is to point out aspects which may not be easy for viewers or listeners to follow.
One possible solution to issues of gender equity in sport would be to make all sports competitions unisex, with prize money and other conditions totally based on audience demand and competition on the sports field.