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African nations boycott Montreal Olympics – archive, 19 July 1976

19 July 1976: More than 20 African and Arab countries withdraw from the Games in protest at New Zealand’s sporting links with apartheid South AfricaThe United Nations secretary-general, Dr Waldheim and the Commonwealth secretary-general, Mr Shridath Ra…

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Uganda Olympic athlete arriving in Tokyo tests positive for coronavirus

Infection in team that had been fully vaccinated is first Covid-19 case detected among athletes visiting for next month’s GamesSee all our coronavirus coverageA member of Uganda’s Olympic team has tested positive for coronavirus and was barred entry in…

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The NBA’s alignment with Rwanda’s repressive leader was headscratching

The league, as ever, projects lofty goals. But joining itself with a president who has been accused of human rights abuses was not a good lookLast month, just two days after releasing his sixth studio album, J. Cole made his professional basketball deb…

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Migrant guards in Qatar ‘still paid under £1 an hour’ ahead of World Cup

Promises of better working conditions ring hollow for tens of thousands of security guards, who say they still work long hours for low payEvery day at 5pm, Samuel boards the company bus that takes him to his night shift as a guard at a luxury high-rise…

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How rugby star Maro Itoje found his voice: ‘For black people, the road is often trickier’

From highlighting black history to tackling everyday racism, the powerful athlete is determined to use his platform for changeJust under a year ago, Maro Itoje popped into his local branch of Waitrose to do some shopping. Despite being one of this coun…

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No play, no pay: Covid drives Zimbabwe’s pros to unofficial football matches

Informal games are a lifeline while the Premier League is locked down, but at what risk to players?Sweaty and tired, the players tussle before the winning goal is scored on a red-dust pitch at the No 1 ground in Mufakose, a township west of Harare. The…

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Papa Douba Diop, Senegal’s World Cup hero and FA Cup winner, dies aged 42

Former midfielder dies after reportedly suffering long illnessDiop played for Fulham and Portsmouth after 2002 heroicsPapa Bouba Diop, the former Senegal midfielder who scored the first goal of the 2002 World Cup against France, has died at the age of …

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Former England boxer turns pro after winning fight with Home Office

Kelvin Bilal Fawaz, who was trafficked as a child and has won right to stay in UK, signs with top promoterThe former England amateur boxer Kelvin Bilal Fawaz, who won his 16-year legal battle with the Home Office for the right to remain in the UK, is l…

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Khololwam Montsi: ‘If you come from Africa and make it, you’re someone big’

The 17-year-old South African tennis star on climbing the world rankings, meeting Nick Kyrgios and finding his self-beliefKhololwam Montsi has always been a dreamer. Before he had ever entered a tennis tournament, he was imagining himself winning Wimbl…

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Former England boxer Kelvin Bilal Fawaz wins 16-year battle to stay in UK

Exclusive: Fawaz, who was trafficked to the UK from Nigeria as a child, won his Home Office appeal last weekThe former England boxer Kelvin Bilal Fawaz has won his 16-year legal battle to live and work in the UK after the Home Office granted him leave …

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London Marathon winner Wanjiru suspended for alleged doping violation

Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru won the men’s race in 2017Wanjiru charged with ‘use of prohibited substance’Kenyan runner Daniel Wanjiru, winner of the 2017 London Marathon, has been provisionally suspended following an alleged anti-doping violation.Wanjiru’s sa…

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Field of broken dreams: football’s slave trade – photo essay

All they want is to do is play professionally, but for many young hopefuls from Africa their expensive journey to Turkey ends in exploitation • Photographs by Italo RondinellaFor months, Yves Kibendo woke up every morning at 6am. He would leave his hou…

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Croatia wrongly deports Nigerian table tennis players to Bosnia

Organisers of competition students travelled to attend demand their return to Nigeria The organisers of an international student sports competition have called for two Nigerian table tennis players to be returned to their own country after Croatian pol…

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Women’s rugby in Morocco – a photo essay

Playing rugby as a woman in a Muslim country is not an easy task. Even in Morocco, with its more modern approach to Islam, the sport is usually regarded as being strictly for men. However, the women of the all-female rugby team AMAR (or Association Mar…

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‘We are a special country’: South Africa hopes World Cup win can bring unity

Desmond Tutu: victory can boost ‘self-doubting nation’President Cyril Ramaphosa says win is ‘historic moment’South Africans continued to celebrate their Rugby World Cup triumph on Sunday, with many in the sometimes fractious and troubled nation echoing…

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‘It makes me hopeful for my country’: Springbok rugby fans celebrate

World victory in game that once symbolised apartheid brings unity to South African streetsThe crowd swelled as the game went on. From scores to hundreds to a thousand or more, young and old, men and women, all gathered in front of the big screen in the…

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South Africans pin hopes on rugby win to lift gloom of troubled country

Many dream of the Springboks repeating success of 1995 World Cup to give nation a morale boostThe beers are on ice, the traditional spiced sausages bought, the barbecue coals stacked, and government advisories on the rules of the game circulated on soc…

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Chester Williams obituary

South African wing who was part of the Springbok team that won the Rugby World Club in 1995In 1994, one year after he had won his first cap for South Africa and become only the third non-white person to play rugby for the Springboks, Chester Williams, …

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Chester Williams obituary

South African wing who was part of the Springbok team that won the Rugby World Club in 1995In 1994, one year after he had won his first cap for South Africa and become only the third non-white person to play rugby for the Springboks, Chester Williams, …

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Algeria fans light up London after Afcon triumph – in pictures

Finsbury Park and Trafalgar Square were deluged with more than a thousand Algerian supporters as they won the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday night. The 1-0 win over Senegal was greeted with fireworks and jubilation Continue reading…