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Amy Tinkler claims British Gymnastics ‘lied’ and warns it ‘cannot be trusted’

Olympic medallist says one complaint was secretly dismissedBritish Gymnastics apologises for lack of communication A war of words has broken out between Amy Tinkler and British Gymnastics after the Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist accused the governin…

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London’s virtual long-distance runners will never be lonely in spirit | Sean Ingle

Sunday’s 40th edition of the capital’s marathon can be a unifying force just when a divided nation needs it mostThere is a day in the sporting calendar that I can guarantee will put a wide smile on my face – in fact, I can time the moment it happens to…

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Oliver Dowden calls for Premier League to ‘step up’ and support EFL clubs

Culture secretary says he has spoken to Premier LeagueEFL has said its clubs stand to lose £200m this seasonThe culture secretary Oliver Dowden has called for the Premier League to “step up to the plate” and provide financial support for EFL clubs thro…

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Diacks’ $55m of suspicious bank transfers linked to Tokyo Olympic bid

French prosecutors investigate Lamine Diack and his sonLamine and Papa Massata Diack jailed for role in Russian dopingMore than $55m was transferred in and out of suspicious bank accounts linked to Lamine Diack, the disgraced former head of global athl…

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Premier League told to help smaller clubs as government outlines sport plan

Oliver Dowden will be ‘asking sports to help themselves’Leicester Tigers chairman, Peter Tom, warns of disasterThe government has ramped up the pressure on the Premier League by confirming for the first time that it expects them to help lower league cl…

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Geraint Thomas insists he has nothing to prove at road world championships

Thomas says missing Tour gave him a ‘new lease of life’Welshman is tackling road world time trial for the first timeA slimline Geraint Thomas has insisted that he has nothing to prove to Sir Dave Brailsford as he attempts to end his season with the per…

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Sport left to sweat on rescue from a half-listening government | Sean Ingle

There is anger that sports have jumped through hoops to make stadiums safe yet track and trace is still so ineffective After a kick in the teeth, a kiss of life? Sports bodies were left blindsided and woozy by the announcement on Tuesday that the retur…

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VAR is getting it right despite football’s wider mood of suspicion and distrust | Sean Ingle

New studies have revealed that the accuracy of ‘match-changing decisions’ has increased significantly with VAR and it has had hardly any effect on the way games are playedIn the pained aftermath of Manchester United’s 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, Patr…

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Jemma Reekie savours Diamond League 800m win over housemate Laura Muir

Reekie moved into Muir’s Glasgow home before lockdownMondo Duplantis sets outdoor pole vault world recordEven in a year without the Tokyo Olympics it has been a golden summer for Jemma Reekie, and the 22-year-old Scot again emphasised her striking tale…

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How Lamine Diack’s 16-year reign in charge of IAAF led to a jail term

Diack’s corruption, covering up Russian doping cases for bribes, was discovered after police raided a Paris hotel The unmasking of Lamine Diack as one of the great sinners in the history of sport began with a police raid on All Saints’ Day in 2015. At …

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Lamine Diack found guilty of corruption and sentenced to two years in prison

Former World Athletics president accepted bribes from RussiaCharged with helping athletes cover up drugs testsThe former president of World Athletics Lamine Diack has been sentenced to two years in prison and fined €500,000 (£455,000) after being found…

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Amy Tinkler says British Gymnastics chief has ‘hung her out to dry’

Rio 2016 bronze medallist still seeking response from Jane Allen‘I’ve received nothing. Do you think this is acceptable?’Governing body apologises and admits: ‘She deserves answers’The British Gymnastics chief executive, Jane Allen, has been accused of…

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London Marathon prize money cut nearly in half but fund made for Britons

Race winners will earn significantly less than in 2019Mo Farah to help British athletes run Olympic qualifying timeThe London Marathon is to cut its prize fund for next month’s race by nearly half because of the financial hit from the Covid-19 pandemic…

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Liverpool will struggle to win Premier League title again, says Gary Neville

Pundit says Klopp’s team need to sign Thiago Alcântara‘To achieve that same standard would be a superhuman effort’It will take a “superhuman effort” for Liverpool to win the Premier League again unless they sign another top-quality player such as Thiag…

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Ellie Downie speaks out after ‘weight-shaming’ complaint is not upheld

English Institute of Sport says gymnast’s complaint not provenWorld medallist tweets ‘this is why we haven’t spoken before’The double world medallist gymnast Ellie Downie has expressed her frustration after her complaint about being weight-shamed when …

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Caster Semenya’s Olympic hopes fade as runner loses testosterone rules appeal

Swiss tribunal says Cas ruling ‘cannot be challenged’Double Olympic 800m champion vows to fight onThe double Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya appears to have lost her long-running legal battle against regulations requiring women with high testoster…

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UK Sport chair Katherine Grainger says bullying and abuse will be eradicated

Grainger saddened and angered by claims of abuseSports could have funding cut if behaviour does not improveUK Sport has pledged to “identify, confront and eradicate” bullying and abuse in the high-performance system in the wake of the staggering allega…

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End to BBC deal risks best of British athletes running on empty | Sean Ingle

UK stars such as Dina Asher-Smith risk being unseen and underfunded unless the governing body gets back on trackThe best of times, the worst of times. In Dina Asher-Smith, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Jemma Reekie and Laura Muir, UK Athletics has four po…

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Mo Farah breaks one-hour world record on ‘amazing’ return to track

Briton runs 21.33km in 60 minutes in BrusselsFirst world record in 37-year-old Farah’s careerAt an age when most athletes’ legs have started to betray them and their glory days have long faded into the rearview mirror, the 37-year-old Mo Farah was able…

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Mo Farah returns to track with first world record in his sights

Briton targets Haile Gebrselassie’s one-hour recordFarah to make first track appearance for three yearsIt has been three years since Mo Farah last stepped on to the track but he insists he is stronger than ever and ready to defy father time by breaking…