Dan Roan

BBC sports editor

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About Dan

The BBC's sports editor, Dan covers both major events and... Read more about Dan Roan news stories, especially on TV news output.

He's reported from football's World Cup in South Africa, the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, the 2012 Euro finals in Poland and Ukraine, and the London Olympics.

Dan led the BBC's news coverage of the controversial Bahrain F1 Grand Prix, and the John Terry trial, breaking the news of Terry's retirement from international football.

With an interest in the politics and business of sport, Dan has also presented Radio 5 live's Sportsweek programme, and fronted a special BBC1 documentary on Brazil's preparations ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

Previously Dan was both a politics and finance journalist at the BBC before becoming chief news reporter at Sky Sports News.

London Stadium

'An opportunity athletics must seize'

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Walk around London Stadium, as I did earlier this week, with final preparations being made for athletics' World Championships, and it is impossible not to be taken back to that heady summer five years ago, when track and field - the Olympic movement's flagship sport - provided the most iconic moments of an unforgettable Games.

When the action gets under way on Friday and the world's finest athletes go head to head, London 2017 will of course evoke memories of the London 2012 Olympics, which for many back then, seemed like the best of times for the sport.

TeamGB medals

UK sports 'thrown under bus' on funding

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Eleven sport governing bodies are demanding an overhaul of the way Britain invests in the pursuit of Olympic and Paralympic medals.

In an unprecedented challenge to elite performance funding agency UK Sport, the group have joined forces to call for an urgent review of what they call "a two-class system that runs counter to Olympic ideals".

Budapest Olympic bid

IOC: International Olympic Crisis?

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Back in September 2013 I interviewed an emotional Thomas Bach in Buenos Aires a few minutes after the German had become the most powerful man in sport.

The newly elected International Olympic Committee (IOC) president confidently told me that after a successful reign by his predecessor Jacques Rogge, the Olympic movement needed mere evolution.

Jess Varnish and Shane Sutton

Should welfare come before winning?

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It may have started out as a dispute between a track cyclist and her former coach.

But 10 months after Jess Varnish first made allegations of sexism, discrimination and bullying against Shane Sutton - and British Cycling - it is not just the reputation of the country's most successful and best-funded Olympic sport that is on the line.

Sir Bradley Wiggins, Anthony Joshua, Andy Murray, Steph Houghton

What does 2017 have in store for sport?

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After an unforgettable and relentless year for sports news, what does 2017 hold in store? Plenty, as sports editor Dan Roan explains:


There's no football World Cup, and it may not be an Olympic year, but expect 2017 to revive fond memories of the London Games, with a host of major sports events on the horizon.

Buoyed by Britain's remarkable success in Rio last year, track and field will take centre stage, first at the World ParaAthletics Championships, and then the IAAF World Championships, both held at London's former Olympic Stadium. It is the first time the two events have been held in the same city, and the same summer.

Team GB's women's Olympic hockey champions will be in the parade in Manchester

2016: The year sport refused to stop

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It was the year when sport simply never paused for breath.

For those of us covering this area of news, 2016 has been just as relentless, momentous, frantic and exhausting as it was for our colleagues in Westminster and Washington, trying to make sense of a defining year in politics.

Thomas Bach

IOC boss has 'no regrets' over Russia

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The president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach says he has "no regrets" about letting Russia compete at the Rio Games this summer, despite a state-sponsored cheating programme.

In an exclusive interview with the BBC, Bach stands by his handling of the crisis, but admits there are "deficiencies" in the current anti-doping system.