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Want to reduce obesity? Start by slashing elite sports funding.

Want to reduce obesity? Start by slashing elite sports funding.

Elite sports and Australia's Olympic committee are demanding more money so we can win more medals, claiming it will make us healthier. But there is no link between Olympic success and health — if anything, quite the opposite.

Keane: grand final or no, funding sport is a complete waste of money

Keane: grand final or no, funding sport is a complete waste of money

Australia wastes billions of taxpayer dollars on elite sports funding and major sporting events for no benefit whatsoever. It's time to end it.

Obesity and the sugar rush of Olympic gold

Obesity and the sugar rush of Olympic gold

There's no evidence of any link between Olympic sports funding and popular participation. In fact, Australians got fatter while we lifted our Olympic performance.

The cost of Olympic failure: sponsors, taxpayers ask if it’s worth it

The cost of Olympic failure: sponsors, taxpayers ask if it’s worth it

After week one of the London Olympics those clinging to the Australian end of the bandwagon must be beginning to have doubts as to whether they're getting value for money, writes David Salter.

What price gold? Tallying up Olympic success

What price gold? Tallying up Olympic success

When your heart swells with pride as the canned anthem plays and the flag rises for a gold in London, that twitch in your back pocket is what that moment just cost you, writes Dr James Connor.

As athletes, we’re grateful for extra pocket money from Budget

As athletes, we’re grateful for extra pocket money from Budget

If ever there was an assumption that athletes are not overly interested in politics, the political interest displayed by athletes in Olympic sports on Budget day suggests otherwise, writes Olympic rower Kim Crow.

Sport funding torn between going for gold and going for guts

Sport funding torn between going for gold and going for guts

The long-awaited Crawford Review of Australian sport has called the bluff of successive Australian governments and proposed a re-weighting of sports funding away from elite Olympic sports toward grassroots participation.