Category: Sport

Brothers in arms. The Klitschko world boxing champions in conversation — as Kyiv, the Ukrainian city run by the older brother, comes under Russian attack again.

26 June 2022 By Paul Martin

First ever exclusive interview with BOTH Klitschkos in a location (“bunker”) we are not disclosing for security reasons. Vitali, the great world champ boxer now mayor of Kyiv, makes a direct appeal to the soldiers fighting Ukraine inside his country: “Go home now.  Why should you die in a foreign land just for the money […]

Putin’s favourite sport, judo, will allow Russians to compete internationally, though not under a Russian flag. And Putin remains in effective charge of the Russian Judo Federation. Yet it’s still allowed to be affiliated to the International Judo Federation.

2 March 2022 By Paul Martin

Russia’s war-mongering dictator Vladimir Putin still has his minion Arkady Rotenberg as first vice president of the Russian Judo Federation, and no action ahs been taken to ban the Russian outfit from affiliation to the IJF. Official announcement of the International Judo Federation The International Judo Federation announces that Mr. Vladimir Putin and Mr. Arkady […]

Motor-bike rider, sports fanatic, life-saver, frustrated father, Nobel Peace Prize-winner. Dead at 90, but larger than life, says Archbishop Tutu’s only son.

2 February 2022 By Paul Martin

Exclusive: By Paul Martin in Cape Town. Trevor Tutu, the only son of anti-apartheid legend Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has spoken of his dad’s amazing life – including how the future world icon took his son to an England World Cup match on the back of a scooter! In an emotional wide-ranging interview Trevor Tutu spoke […]

Kohli loses a Test series against South Africa, and ends his captaincy of the Indian Test cricket team. He was the most successful captain in Indian Test history.

15 January 2022 By Paul Martin

It’s been a huge suprise and a huge shock to the world of cricket. Yet the signs were there. There were unmistakable indications of immense frustration in his last two days as Test cricket captain. Virat Kohli seemed to have lost control of his team’s — and his own — behaviour. For example, with South […]

Exclusive: Cricket supremo throws out a challenge to England, after South Africa topple the world’s top-ranked Test team, India.

14 January 2022 By Paul Martin

By Paul Martin at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town. South Africa’s director of cricket, former captain Graeme Smith, has warned England his country’s Test team will be even better by the time they take on England in England during July and August. South Africa are fresh from a stunning series victory against the world’s top-ranked […]

Controversial leg-before-wicket reversal raises issues about modern cricket technology. And about whether some modern cricket-players are whingers.

14 January 2022 By Paul Martin

By Paul Martin at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town. India’s impending Test series defeat against South Africa here was preceded by an astonishing Indian display of how to be bad losers. At 60 runs for one wicket, dismissing the gritty South African opening batsman and captain Dean Elgar was a huge imperative for a hardpressed […]

My father Desmond Tutu, our family’s strengths and frailties, and, for a country that’s been attacked by human termites, why I still see glimmers of hope.

31 December 2021 By Paul Martin

By Trevor Tutu, the only son and oldest of the four children of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Leah Tutu., who died in Cape Town aged 90. As told to Paul Martin. “I want people to see my father as a human being with human frailties — not just as a saint-like figure.  “He could be […]

Exclusive: Archbishop Tutu’s son on his own, and his father’s, and his family’s strengths and failings… and what his father has taught him about life, cricket, and forgiveness.

31 December 2021 By Paul Martin

By Paul Martin.  Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s only son has revealed how the most respected and admired clergyman in South African history had to battle with rifts in his own family — and sometimes with his own explosive temper. “I want people to see my dad as a human being with human frailties — not just […]

Joe Root. Is he the root cause of his country’s Test cricket troubles? He’s England’s best batsman, but seemingly naïve as captain about tactics and team selection, and about his batting decisions when his team’s in trouble. Painfully so.

20 December 2021 By Paul Martin

He’s ranked number one in the world for his Test cricket batting. And he’s scored more than a thousand runs more this calendar year than any other English Test batsman. But Joe Root has shown he’s naive as a captain or even, to be more blunt, foolish as a batsman. In the final overs of […]

A self-inflicted wound. South Africa’s cricket woes reflect a malaise in its approach to race, and indeed to patriotism.

8 November 2021 By Paul Martin

South African cricketers are masters of the self-inflicted wound.  Not just the players, but also the administrators. In the current T20 World Cup they defeated England, the West Indies, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, only losing, albeit narrowly, to Australia — after abject batting and very good bowling — at the start of the tournament.  Talking of self-inflicted […]