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British sports bodies fear financial ruin because of coronavirus pandemic

Handful of national governing bodies face an existential threat‘Sports like ours will find it very difficult to recover’Some British sporting bodies, including those sending athletes to next year’s Olympics, fear they could go under because of the coro…

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IOC under fire after boxers at London event test positive for Covid-19

IOC accused of being putting athletes’ health in jeopardy Two Turkish boxers and head coach test positive for virusCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageThe International Olympic Committee has been accused of being putting athl…

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Birmingham 2022 organisers want calendar fix to ensure GB stars compete

Birmingham 2022 organisers want help from governing bodiesCommonwealth Games and world championships may collideOrganisers of the Commonwealth Games have urged the governing bodies of athletics and swimming to find a way to ensure that Dina Asher-Smith…

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British athlete calls on IOC to postpone 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Guy Learmonth wants Games delayed until October or 2021Japanese PM insists they will start as planned in July The International Olympic Committee must act decisively by postponing the Tokyo 2020 Games because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, …

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Setback for UK Athletics as BBC balks at new £3m TV rights deal

• Current deal expires this summer and new one not yet agreed• BBC believed to only be offering a fraction of previous priceUK Athletics is facing a fresh crisis over the renewal of its £3m-a-year TV deal with the BBC which runs out this summer, the Gu…

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Controversial Nike Vaporflys to escape ban but running shoe rules will tighten

• Dominant footwear will be allowed by World Athletics• No fresh technologies to be permitted until after Tokyo 2020World Athletics will not be imposing a blanket ban on the controversial hi-tech Nike Vaporflys that have transformed athletics when it a…

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‘Dreadful neglect’ of British athletics has squandered 2012 legacy, top coach says

• Malcolm Arnold hits out at decisions taken since London Games• ‘This is the most worried I have been in all my years in the sport’British athletics is in its worst state for 60 years having largely squandered the golden legacy of London 2012, one of …

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IOC delays announcing new transgender guidelines for 2020 Olympics

• Draft proposals have ‘gone around the houses’• Sporting federations urged to create own policiesPlans by the International Olympic Committee to introduce stricter guidelines for transgender athletes before the Tokyo 2020 Games have run into the sand …

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Migrant workers and children to pad out crowd for World Athletics Championships

• Sluggish ticket sales raise fears of half empty stadium• Free tickets will be given away by Qatari organisersTicket sales for the World Athletics Championships in Doha are far more sluggish than expected, making it highly likely that large numbers of…

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Aiba threatens to sue IOC if stripped of right to run amateur boxing

• Amateur boxing’s governing body locked in row with IOC• IOC poised to announce Aiba is impossible to work withAmateur boxing’s world governing body, Aiba, is planning to up the ante in its fight with the International Olympic Committee by filing a la…

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Gebrselassie claims Farah ‘punched and kicked’ husband and wife at hotel

Ethiopian: I saved Farah being taken into custody‘I talked to police and said this is Mo Farah … leave him’Sources close to Farah say he had to act in self defenceHaile Gebrselassie has upped the ante in his row with Mo Farah by claiming that the Bri…

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Paralympics GB stunned after Yokohama hotels demand payment for accessibility

• Paralympics GB team hit with ‘huge headache’ for training camp• Senior figure says hotels have shown a ‘total lack of interest’British Paralympic officials say they were left stunned when hotels near their training camp for the 2020 Games demanded th…

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Women in line to form majority of Team GB at Tokyo Olympics

• BOA believes history will be made in next year’s selection• Investment and IOC’s gender balance pledge among reasonsThe British Olympic Association is expecting to make history by selecting more women than men for next year’s Olympics, the Guardian c…

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Magnus Carlsen: ‘If I had lost, it could have been my last world championship match’

After retaining his title against Fabiano Caruana the Norwegian calls for changes in the format to encourage players to take chancesAs Magnus Carlsen sat in his dressing room, euphoric and chatty after finally suppressing the stubborn resistance of Fab…

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F1 finally admits concern over woman jailed for Bahrain Grand Prix protests

• Najah Yusuf jailed for three years over 2017 protests• F1 says it is making ongoing enquiries in BahrainFormula One chiefs have admitted for the first time that they are “concerned” that an activist who protested against the Bahrain Grand Prix on Fac…

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Russia may violate dope laws at World Cup, says USADA’s Travis Tygart

• Anti-doping chief says Russia should not be hosts• Country still considered non-compliant by Wada after scandalTravis Tygart, the influential US Anti-Doping Agency chief executive, has warned that it would be “naive” not to think that hosts Russia co…

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IAAF doctor calls for intersex category in athletics within five to 10 years

• Dr Stéphane Bermon admits public opinion could be an obstacle• Comments come after IAAF announces new testosterone rulesA leading scientist at international athletics’ governing body has said he is in favour of a third category for intersex athletes …

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Olympic champion Ruth Jebet embroiled in drug-testing scandal

• Sources tell Guardian Ruth Jebet has tested positive• No confirmation from Athletics Integrity Unit• Rio steeplechase gold medallist trains in Kenya but runs for BahrainRuth Jebet, the reigning Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion and world record ho…

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British Bobsleigh’s head coach said ‘black drivers do not make good bobsleigh drivers’

• New head coach Lee Johnston was disciplined over remarks made in 2013
• BBSA’s financial management also questioned after £500,000 spent on sled

The new head coach of British Bobsleigh, Lee Johnston, who was promoted to the position just over a fortnight ago, was formally disciplined and warned as to his future conduct after making derogatory remarks about black drivers in 2013, the Guardian can reveal.

Johnston, a 12-times British champion who went to the Winter Olympics in 1998, 2002 and 2006 before becoming a coach, was accused of saying to a member of the squad, Toby Olubi, “I knew you would be late because you are black”, and later in the same training session, on 4 July 2013, “Black drivers do not make good bobsleigh drivers.”

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Usada chief Travis Tygart urges IOC to ban Russia from Winter Olympics

• Allowing Russia to compete would offer ‘get out of jail free card’
• Whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov backs call for total ban

The civil war in anti-doping over whether Russia should be allowed to compete in next year’s Winter Olympics intensified on Saturday night as the head of the powerful US Anti-Doping Agency said that anything less than a total ban would be a “get out of jail free card” that would have terrible consequences for sport.

The warning came from Travis Tygart, Usada’s chief executive, who told the Observer that he was disturbed that the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency appeared to be paving the way for Russia’s inclusion, even though its government was found to have corrupted the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

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