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Call for athletes to be fitted with microchips in fight against drug cheats

• Chief executive of World Olympians Association makes implant suggestion
• ‘We’re prepared to chip our dogs, so why aren’t we prepared to chip ourselves?’

Athletes need to be fitted with microchips, in a similar way that dogs are, in the fight against drug cheats in sport, according to a leading representative of international sports people.

Mike Miller, the World Olympians Association chief executive, claimed that radical anti-doping methods – including implants to recognise the effects of banned substances – are needed to protect clean sport.

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IOC suspends Carlos Nuzman after gold bar corruption allegation

• Rio 2016 chief involved in commission organising Tokyo 2020 Olympics
• Brazilian police accused 75-year-old of involvement in alleged bribery

The International Olympic Committee has suspended the head of the Rio Games after his arrest on bribery and fraud charges linked to a bid vote-buying scandal, which he denies.

Carlos Nuzman, 75, was involved in a commission organising the Tokyo 2020 Olympics but has been removed from the role after Brazilian police accused him of involvement in alleged bribery of IOC members to vote for the Rio Games during campaigning in 2009. Because he is president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee that body has also been suspended, meaning any IOC payments are frozen and its right to vote on Olympic-related matters is revoked.

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Birmingham’s solo Commonwealth Games 2022 bid ‘not fully compliant’

• The deadline for rival bid has been extended by two months
• Commonweath Games England are ‘confident’ despite the hurdles

Birmingham’s bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games has been deemed “not fully compliant” despite being the only city to submit to host the event.

The Commonwealth Games Federation said it would extend the deadline for those interested in bidding by two months in an effort to encourage a rival bid.

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Athletics will look at copying Indian Premier League, says Sebastian Coe

• IAAF president wants to give the sport a facelift to gain more fans
• ‘I’m not ruling anything out – what about cities and franchises?’

Sebastian Coe is considering introducing an Indian Premier League-style auction to athletics as one of a number of radical proposals in an effort to revive the ailing sport.

Lord Coe, president of the IAAF, admitted athletics needs a facelift if it is to compete for audiences, advertising and sponsorship deals with other mainstream sports. This could include athletes being bid for by city franchises in a similar format to cricket’s IPL or even having temporary athletics tracks built inside football stadiums.

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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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IAAF’s Sergey Bubka faces investigation on payment to disgraced Balakhnichev

• $45,000 paid to Monaco firm a day after same amount paid to Diack company
• Newly formed Athletics Integrity Unit investigating 2009 payment

A payment made by Sergey Bubka, the senior vice-president of athletics’ world governing body, to a now disgraced senior figure is to be investigated by the independent Athletics Integrity Unit, the Guardian can reveal.

Bubka, who is also an executive board member of the International Olympic Committee and an Olympic gold medallist, was reported by the French newspaper Le Monde to have paid $45,000 into the Monaco account of the Nevis-registered firm of Valentin Balakhnichev, the former IAAF treasurer and head of Russian athletics, on 18 June 2009.

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Anna Burnett obituary

My daughter, Anna Burnett, who has died aged 32 of a post-transplant disorder, packed more into her life than many people do over a much longer timespan.Anna was born with a rare genetic condition, Crigler-Najjar syndrome, which affected her liver and …

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Mo Farah becomes first athlete to win Great North Run four times in a row

• Farah came home in one hour and six seconds
• Runner equals Benson Masya’s four titles won in the 1990s

Mo Farah made history on Sunday as he won his fourth successive Great North Run title.

Related: Mo Farah calls time on GB career after victory in final track outing

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Charities still waiting for millions raided to build West Ham stadium | Rachel Cain

The government has reneged on a pledge to refund £425m to charities after the Olympics, instead leasing the stadium to West Ham for a mere £2.5m a year

  • Rachel Cain is senior researcher at the Directory of Social Change

As West Ham United kick off a new season in the Olympic Stadium where the nation cheered Mo Farah and Usain Bolt in the World Athletics Championships this summer, few will be aware that this fabulous venue, now the London Stadium, was partly funded by money intended for charities, which are still waiting for repayment.

The story so far: back in 2007, the government raided millions from lottery funds to pay for the infrastructure of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. More than £400m of this money should have been distributed by the Big Lottery Fund in grants enabling charities to do vital work in communities.

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Familiar whiff of corruption continues to taint Olympic Games

Investigations in France and Brazil offer hope that IOC members may be targeted and Tokyo’s bid for 2020 is likely to be scrutinised

For years the International Olympic Committee has insisted the wild west era of the late 1990s, when members’ votes were bought for vast sums during feverish races to host the Games, were a distant memory. But who would believe that now?

How could they when Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the head of Rio’s 2016 Olympic bid, stands accused of orchestrating a scheme where members of the IOC were paid bungs days before the vote?

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David Torrence, Olympic 5000m finalist, found dead at age of 31

  • Peruvian-American’s body found in Arizona swimming pool
  • Scottsdale police are not treating death as suspicious

The Olympic 5000m runner David Torrence has been found dead in a swimming pool in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Peruvian-American was 31-years-old.

Torrence was from California and had come to Scottsdale to train a few weeks ago. Police said they were not treating the death as suspicious. “Firefighters removed the male subject from the pool and he was pronounced deceased,” said Sergeant Ben Hoster of the Scottsdale Police Department. “Detectives learned that there were no obvious signs of foul play.”

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Sport doping study revealing wider usage published after ‘scandalous’ delay

Almost six-year wrangle delays release of anonymous surveys done after elite athletics events in 2011, in which 57% of competitors doing admitted doping compared to under 4% in Wada resultsA controversial study suggesting that doping in sport is far mo…

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Olympic medallist Colin Jackson announces he is gay

Former world champion hurdler and BBC presenter recalls in Swedish documentary how he told his parents of his sexuality

The British Olympic silver medallist and BBC sports presenter Colin Jackson has spoken publicly for the first time about being gay, saying he thought the time was right to reveal his sexuality.

In an interview for a Swedish documentary called Rainbow Heroes, the Welsh two-time 110m hurdles world champion said the reason he had not previously spoken of his sexuality was to avoid it being “sensationalised”.

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Mo Farah makes farewell gesture to mark symbolic changing of GB guard

• Farah signs off British track career with Diamond League 3,000m win
• Shows vested interest in inspiring next generation: ‘Now it’s finally done’

Mo Farah ended his final track race on British soil by rattling through his greatest hits – the surge to the front with a lap to go, the mulish kick off the final bend, the Mobot at the finish – but then applied an unexpected twist as he ripped off his cherished British vest and passed it to his team-mate Andy Butchart.

It was, as Farah revealed afterwards, a symbolic changing of the guard. For not only does he want Butchart to follow in his path – but he also believes that, at 34, he will never race in a British vest at a major championships again.

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Adam Gemili disqualified as Britain’s top sprinters are brought back to reality

• Gemili false starts in the 100m at the Birmingham grand prix
• Mitchell-Blake and Talbot struggle in 200m, Asher-Smith fifth in 100m

A week after soaring to scarcely imagined heights at the world championships many of Britain’s top sprinters came tumbling back down to reality at the Birmingham grand prix on Sunday.

Poor Adam Gemili, who ran a storming second leg as Britain’s 4x100m men’s relay team took gold, felt it hardest as he was controversially false started in the 100m. Meanwhile his relay team‑mates Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Danny Talbot faded to finish fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 200m. With Dina Asher-Smith, who inspired the women’s 4x100m team to silver, also coming fifth in a high-quality women’s 100m final, it was left to CJ Ujah to fly the flag highest for British sprinting by winning the men’s 100m in 10.08sec.

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Mo Farah at a crossroads on day of his UK track farewell

Britain’s greatest distance runner will get a hero’s welcome at Diamond League curtain-call in Birmingham, but needs to take action to counter suspicion

It is not widely known that when the BBC’s Panorama alleged that Alberto Salazar had broken or bent several anti-doping rules in June 2015, Mo Farah’s initial instinct was to split from the American coach who had guided him to Olympic and world championship glory. That was certainly his position when he boarded a flight from Portland to the United Kingdom, via Amsterdam, two days later. Yet by the time he arrived in Birmingham for a Diamond League meeting he had dramatically changed his mind.

According to one source, Farah decided it would be unfair to ditch his coach and thus throw him to the wolves, when he had seen no evidence of wrongdoing. Another believes that, deep down, the urge to stay with the man who had transformed him from a decent distance runner, finishing sixth and seventh in the 5,000m at the 2007 and 2009 world championships, into the world’s best was simply too strong.

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Usain Bolt to miss Manchester United legends match due to injury

• Retired sprinter reveals left hamstring will need three months’ rehab
• Bolt had been due to play in match v Barcelona on 2 September

Usain Bolt will be prevented from achieving his lifelong dream of playing for Manchester United by the hamstring injury sustained in his farewell race.

United Legends take on their Barcelona counterparts at Old Trafford on 2 September in a charity match, raising money for the Manchester United Foundation and its work in the local community.

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Michael Johnson warns Britain not to get carried away with relay medal burst

• Four relay medals plus Mo Farah’s 5,000m silver took GB total to six
• Johnson questions whether £27m UK Sport investment is bearing fruit

The former world 400m record holder Michael Johnson has urged the public not to get carried away with Britain’s late haul of medals at the world championships and says he is concerned that athletics is not doing enough to justify its £27m investment from UK Sport.

The British team won five medals in 24 hours on the final Saturday and Sunday night, four of them in the relays, to ensure they finished with six overall. That also meant they scraped inside the UK Sport target of six to eight, and ended up in sixth place in the medal table.

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Usain Bolt leaves athletics behind with final warning to drug cheats

• Jamaican retires with a swipe at doping athletes
• Seb Coe admits regret at sprinter’s retirement

As Usain Bolt performed his final lap of honour, illuminated by thousands of flashbulbs and with the scent of fireworks hanging in the air, he paused at the start mark of both the 200m and 100m and crouched down, eyes beginning to moisten.

I was saying goodbye to the fans and saying goodbye to my events also,” he said. “These are my two events that I have dominated for years. I was saying goodbye to everything. I almost cried. It was close but it didn’t come.”

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Britain win two more relay medals in upbeat finish to World Athletics

• 4x400m women take silver with Allyson Felix inspiring US to gold
• Martyn Rooney anchors men to bronze behind Trinidad and Tobago and US

Almost from the moment Neil Black became British Athletics’ performance director in 2012 he targeted the relays because he knew they were the lowest of low-hanging fruit. Five years on, during the final day of the world championships, he watched as his team gorged on the juicy flesh on offer – and, in doing so, perhaps saved his job.

Related: World Athletics: GB win silver and bronze in 4x400m relays, plus Semenya wins gold – as it happened

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