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Next Olympic event: Improving faster than rivals – Mark Orams

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 24th, 2016.

As New Zealand’s Olympic athletes return with the most successful medal haul to date, AUT’s Professor Mark Orams writes in the NZ Herald about what it would take to improve for the next Games. An excerpt (read in full): Interestingly New Zealand’s most successful sporting code at the Rio Olympics, in medals won, was sailing. […]

Expert Q&A: Zika virus and the Rio Olympics

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 5th, 2016.

With the Rio Olympics kicking off, the SMC gathered background information on the Zika virus to aid in any reporting during the Games. Here is a Q&A with local experts, please feel free to use any of these comments in your reporting. Professor Michael Baker, Professor of Public Health, University of Otago What are the […]

Olympic exile fair response to state-led cheating – Prof Mark Orams

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 4th, 2016.

Keeping tabs on competitive advantage in sport is crucial to making sure competition is fair, writes AUT’s Professor Mark Orams in the New Zealand Herald. An excerpt (read in full): These issues evoke anger at the injustice involved, but is this response justified? In its essence, sport is a contrived human activity involving the invention of […]

WHO backs Olympics despite Zika letter – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 30th, 2016.

An open letter signed by almost 200 health researchers calls on the International Olympic Committee and World Health Organization (WHO) to postpone the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on account of the risk posed by the Zika virus. The authors write: “WHO’s declaration of Zika as a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern,” coupled with new […]

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