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Author Archive for Sean Ingle

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Sotherton fears fixture pile-up will deny Asher-Smith Commonwealth treble

Team England’s new leader says sprinter will be ‘selective’Three major championships within five-week spell in 2022The pile-up of championships in 2022 could rob the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham of some of its biggest stars and will make it impossi…

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Getting girls active is key to future of women’s sport, say coaches | Sean Ingle

Athletes and administrators warn that gains at the top will be lost if attention is not paid to the grassrootsGetting more girls and young women active must be a central part of the jigsaw if women’s sport is to continue to grow and thrive, according t…

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Elite athletes must be able to miss contact training, says report

Government’s latest guidelines pave way to ‘opt out’Seven-page document contains eight points of guidanceElite athletes must be given the ability to opt out of a return to contact training, according to new advice from the government that paves the way…

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Covid-19 has rocked women’s sport but its future remains bright

Hope and determination abound throughout professional women’s sport despite the profound challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemicThe images come from a different time and place: before the sporting world became submerged in sepia and nostalgia, b…

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Optimism that UK gyms and leisure centres could reopen in July

Contact sports likely to have to wait until SeptemberSurvey say 14% miss going to gym during lockdownPlans to reopen gyms and leisure centres in July across the UK are being discussed in government circles as part of wider proposals to further open up …

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UK anti-doping chief warns cheats: lockdown won’t stop you being caught

Talks on ramping up testing are under way, says Nicole Sapstead‘Our intelligence and investigations team continues to be busy’The head of the UK Anti-Doping Agency has warned drugs cheats that the lockdown will not stop them from getting caught – despi…

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Bundesliga’s quiet return hints at a silent threat to home advantage | Sean Ingle

Without crowd noise to influence them, statistics indicate referees are less inclined to make decisions favouring the hostsSo this is what football looks like for the foreseeable future. No handshakes, spitting, or fans. Balls doused in disinfectant be…

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Athletes can return to training immediately after government approval

Athletes must undergo ‘1:1 check-in’ with medical expertNo punishment if competitor decides it is not safe to returnThe government has given its approval for professional sportsmen and women to resume training with immediate effect – but also promised …

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Athletes can return to training immediately after government approval

Athletes must undergo ‘1:1 check-in’ with medical expertNo punishment if competitor decides it is not safe to returnThe government has given its approval for professional sportsmen and women to resume training with immediate effect – but also promised …

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UK Athletics hit by devastating blow to finances as flagship event falls

July’s Anniversary Games in London is called offUKA insiders accept losses could amount to £2mUK Athletics is facing a devastating £2m blow to its finances after confirming that the Anniversary Games in July, its flagship event and biggest money-spinne…

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New shape of sport begins to emerge: team games and elite level set to lose out | Sean Ingle

Monday’s announcements from the government offer a little clarity but while some sports can see green shoots of recovery, for others there are few reasons for optimismFinally, after weeks of claustrophobia and a weekend of confusion, some clarity. From…

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Dawn of new golden age for cycling or just another empty promise? | Sean Ingle

Exercising is a better way to help the NHS than clapping once a week and more needs to be done to enact real changeFifteen years ago I was waiting by a red light when a dishevelled-looking cyclist, blond mop-top untamed by comb or helmet, pootled past …

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‘It couldn’t get any worse’ – review into UK Athletics demands sweeping change

Dame Sue Street finds ‘general culture of mistrust’UK Sport CEO Sally Munday hopes for ‘new chapter’An independent review into UK Athletics has found the crisis-hit organisation “couldn’t get any worse” – and demanded changes to its structures, culture…

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‘It couldn’t get any worse’ – review into UK Athletics demands sweeping change

Dame Sue Street finds ‘general culture of mistrust’UK Sport CEO Sally Munday hopes for ‘new chapter’An independent review into UK Athletics has found the crisis-hit organisation “couldn’t get any worse” – and demanded changes to its structures, culture…

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Parliament to be told sport faces ‘unprecedented challenge’ at every level

Sport England CEO to speak at DCMS select committee‘Grassroots sport can and should be part of the solution’Sport faces an unprecedented challenge at every level because of the coronavirus pandemic, parliament will be told on Tuesday. The stark warning…

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Fast and furious: Carlsen and Nakamura transform chess into an adrenaline sport

The online Magnus Carlsen Invitational produced a big-name final and a refreshing insight into the human side of chessStrange times these. In a parallel universe, middle-aged men with middle-aged bellies are still frothing over Arsenal’s controversial …

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Duplantis and Lavillenie scale the heights in Ultimate Garden Clash

Pole vault honours shared with 36 five-metre clearancesWorld Athletics looks to try shot put, long and high jumpsIt was not exactly an Olympic final in front of 80,000 screaming spectators, or even an ordinary track and field event, but for fans starve…

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Duplantis and Lavillenie scale the heights in Ultimate Garden Clash

Pole vault honours shared with 36 five-metre clearancesWorld Athletics looks to try shot put, long and high jumpsIt was not exactly an Olympic final in front of 80,000 screaming spectators, or even an ordinary track and field event, but for fans starve…

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Adam Peaty set to be among first individual athletes to resume training

High performance centres could reopen for elite performersMajor sports met to discuss how to return to actionAllowing individual athletes such as Adam Peaty to begin training again in high-performance centres will be the first step towards reopening Br…

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Adam Peaty set to be among first individual athletes to resume training

High performance centres could reopen for elite performersMajor sports met to discuss how to return to actionAllowing individual athletes such as Adam Peaty to begin training again in high-performance centres will be the first step towards reopening Br…