Dan Roan

BBC sports editor

The biggest stories dissected by the BBC's sports editor

About Dan

The BBC's sports editor since 2014, Dan covers the biggest... Read more about Dan Roan events and news stories on TV, radio and online.

A familiar face on the flagship BBC News at 10 bulletin, he also features regularly on Radio 4's Today programme and BBC Radio 5 live.

In recent years he has led BBC News coverage from football World Cups and European Championships, the Olympics, rugby's Lions tour, the Ashes cricket series, and athletics' World Championships, among many others.

Dan has also interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, securing exclusives with Sir Bradley Wiggins, Cristiano Ronaldo, Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong, Usain Bolt, Bernie Ecclestone, Chris Froome and Anthony Joshua.

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

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How realistic is Project Restart?

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When Premier League club executives link up for a crucial video conference call on Friday they will do so amid unprecedented pressure, and mounting unease.

The tension surrounds not only how the plan to resume the football season behind closed doors at a small number of sealed and approved venues should develop, but whether it is realistic, responsible or indeed appropriate to pursue it at all.

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'The stakes are high' - why Man City v Uefa is a watershed moment

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Could a former footballer named Omer Riza play a key role in the next chapter of Manchester City's bitter and potentially defining legal battle with Uefa over their two-year ban from European club competitions?

Back in 2008, the dual British-Turkish national, a former fringe player at Arsenal and West Ham, walked out on Turkish club Trabzonspor and returned to England, claiming he had not been paid.

Prince Harry (left) is presented with a rugby league shirt by Sean O'Loughlin (right)

Why 2021 Rugby League World Cup is different

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It is fair to assume that organisers of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup cannot quite believe their luck.

With the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, conducting the tournament's first ever public draw at Buckingham Palace on Thursday in his first engagement since the shock announcement that he and his wife the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, are to step back from royal duties, the eyes of the world will be on proceedings in a way no-one could have anticipated at the turn of the year.

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The decade that shook sport

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Since joining the BBC in 2010, sports editor Dan Roan has covered many of the biggest sports news stories of the past decade.

Here he revisits some of the off-field issues that have defined a remarkable era and shifted sport's landscape in a way never seen before.

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'Russia ban full of caveats and questions'

Read full article on Russia ban: Wada doping penalty throws up more questions than answers

In January, British lawyer Jonathan Taylor, the head of the compliance committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency, warned Russia that the "toughest possible sanctions" would be imposed on the country if crucial lab data it had handed over turned out to have been tampered with.

These would "very likely include... that no Russian officials, athletes or support personnel will be permitted to participate in the Olympic or Paralympic Games", he wrote.

Anthony Joshua HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal

Sport and human rights - where should stars draw a line in the sand?

Read full article on Human rights & 'sportswashing': Why Joshua v Ruiz II in Saudi Arabia is so controversial

As the sun set beyond the vivid ruins of the ancient city of al-Diriyah, historic birthplace of the first Saudi state, and boxers, their entourages, local dignitaries and members of the media gathered for a pre-fight news conference on the rooftop of a plush hospitality suite on the outskirts of Riyadh this week, it was easy to forget.

Easy to forget the reasons why the ground-breaking backdrop for this weekend's rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr makes it one of the most controversial sporting contests in recent times.

Runners in shadow

'Athletics facing more questions than ever'

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To get an idea of the challenging place athletics finds itself in right now, the media centre at Chicago's Hilton hotel immediately after the city's marathon on Sunday was an instructive place to be.

On a platform sat Brigid Kosgei, just minutes after running into the history books by becoming the fastest female over 26.2 miles the world has ever seen.

Tokyo 2020

The key stories to watch at Tokyo 2020

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In terms of both performances and controversy, Rio 2016 was arguably the most incident-packed and newsworthy Games in living memory. So how will Tokyo 2020 compare?

Pressure on Team GB

Not since 1996 in Atlanta has Team GB failed to win more medals than the previous Games. The remarkable second-place finish in the medal table at Rio 2016 firmly established Great Britain as a true sporting superpower. So the big question in Tokyo will be whether continuing such success is sustainable, or whether it is time for a correction after an era of over-performance.

Despite a haul of 67 medals in Rio, funding agency UK Sport has upped its target range to 54-92 for Tokyo and hopes to send the country's biggest ever team to an overseas Games. It is also bullish about the prospects of success, insisting current performances are matching those recorded a year out from Rio 2016.