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.

Does democracy matter in sport?

Read full article on Democracy in sport: An uneasy relationship with politics

"Less democracy is sometimes better for organising a World Cup."

The words of Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke in the fraught build-up to Brazil 2014 may have surprised some people, but they serve as a reminder that sport's relationship with democracy is an uneasy one.

Fifa hits new low after Garcia walks

Read full article on Fifa hits new low after Michael Garcia resignation

As the sun set over the Atlas Mountains, and the sound of the evening call to prayer drifted across the city, all seemed calm.

At Marrakech's finest hotel, La Mamounia, famous for being Winston Churchill's favourite bolt hole, Fifa's top executives - the select few who run world football - were checking in ahead of their final meeting of the year.

Why does Lord Coe want top job?

Read full article on Lord Coe on why he wants the top job in world athletics

Lord Coe has launched his manifesto for the election for the presidency of the International Association of Athletics Federations.

He promises a transformation of the athletics calendar, to attract more young people via "street athletics" and to set up an ethics department for the sport.

No Olympics & World Cup clash - IOC

Read full article on 2022 Winter Olympics & World Cup won't clash - IOC president

International Olympic Committee (IOC) boss Thomas Bach has insisted there must be no clash between the Winter Games and the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

January and February is being considered as a date for football's showpiece tournament because of Qatar's extreme summer heat.

Is a World Cup boycott possible?

Read full article on Fifa corruption report: Is a World Cup boycott really possible?

In calling for the organisation he used to lead to unite with Uefa and lead a boycott of the World Cup - as well as a breakaway from Fifa - former Football Association chairman David Bernstein has dared say what many have no doubt been thinking.

After all, if the FA is so outraged with the world governing body's handling of the investigation into the bidding for the next two World Cups, why not take drastic action and salvage some dignity by voting with one's feet?

How can football beat online abuse?

Read full article on How can football tackle the social media hate merchants?

Many observers were encouraged to see Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure speak out via the BBC last week against those who had racially abused him over Twitter just hours after he had reactivated his account.

As one of the sport's most high-profile figures, it felt as if the Ivory Coast international had made a stand on behalf of an ever-growing number of similar victims in the game - because Toure is far from alone in being subject to such treatment.