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The unequal battle: privilege, genes, gender and power | @Anna_Kessel

The tense debate around Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand demonstrate the intersection between race, gender and medical imperialismWhen I was eight years old I visited South Africa, my dad’s homeland, for the first time. I’ll never forget flying into Jo’b…

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Jarrod Bannister, Australian javelin thrower, dies aged 33

Shock over Commonwealth Games gold medallist’s sudden death in the NetherlandsAustralian javelin champion Jarrod Bannister has died suddenly in the Netherlands.Bannister, 33, had been living and training in Holland and there are no suspicious circumsta…

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Great Britain sprinter Nigel Levine suspended after failing a drugs test

• Levine tested positive for clenbuterol before Christmas• 28-year-old has been integral part of GB’s 4x400m relaySprinter Nigel Levine, who has been an integral part of Great Britain’s 4x400m relay squad for nearly a decade, has been provisionally sus…

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London Stadium to host new athletics World Cup in July

Eight nations to compete over two evening sessionsIAAF president Seb Coe hails ‘exhilarating experience’A new World Cup event featuring eight top nations will take place at the London Stadium on 14 and 15 July, British Athletics has announced. The form…

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IOC considering appeal against Cas ruling on Russian doping bans

• Cas says there is ‘insufficient evidence’ to uphold suspensions• Aiba governance could threaten boxing place at 2020 OlympicsThomas Bach has confirmed the International Olympic Committee is contemplating an appeal against the Court of Arbitration for…

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Russians hail ‘triumph of justice’ as IOC doping bans are overturned

Decision that puts country back top of Sochi medals table welcomed by athletes and politiciansRussian officials and athletes have hailed a decision by the court of arbitration for sport to overturn Olympic doping bans on 28 of the country’s athletes, w…

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Twenty-eight Russian athletes have doping bans overturned by Cas

• IOC’s policy on Russian doping thrown into turmoil• Eleven other athletes had lifetime bans cutTwenty-eight Russian athletes had their Olympic doping bans overturned on Thursday, throwing the International Olympic Committee’s policy on Russian doping…

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‘I feared my career was over,’ says Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford

• Long jumper targets World Indoors after surgery ends injury hell• Tokyo Olympics still a possible goal for London 2012 winnerGreg Rutherford has revealed he feared his career was over before undergoing groin reconstruction surgery and an ankle operat…

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US prosecutors issue subpoenas seeking information from Fifa, IOC and IAAF

Prosecutors looking into racketeering, fraud and money launderingParticular interest in world athletics championshipsUS federal prosecutors are conducting an extensive investigation into global sports corruption, including at Fifa and the international…

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Mind games promise a sporting edge but may miss the heart of the matter | Sean Ingle

Brain power is increasingly a major battleground in sports science as elite athletes search for a critical edgeTowards the end of Kyle Edmund’s breakout performance at the Australian Open, his coach Fredrik Rosengren was asked about his great leap forw…

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Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand run ragged by IAAF’s moving goalposts | Andy Bull

Semenya and Chand will race at the Commonwealth Games in April but their fight for the right of hyperandrogenic athletes to compete is far from overIt’s been just under six months since Caster Semenya ran at the world championships, which makes it just…

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Double first: the twin sprinters with the Tokyo Olympics in their sights | Tim Lewis

Champion athletes Cheriece and Shannon Hylton only started running competitively five years ago. Now both sisters aim to represent Britain in 2020. By Tim LewisWhen the Hylton sisters were teenagers – they are now 21 – they were netball ninjas, terrori…

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Maria Sharapova’s reception a reminder of indifference to doping | Sean Ingle

Melbourne crowds are likely to offer warm support to her this week and research suggests fans continue to back stars and sports laid low by doping scandalsHere is a prediction. Every time Maria Sharapova steps on to court at the Australian Open this ye…

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IOC accused of ‘backroom deals’ with Russia over doping scandal

Film-makers behind Olympic doping exposé say athletes may be allowed to take part as neutral competitorsThe film-makers behind the documentary which exposed Russia’s state-sponsored doping programme have accused the International Olympic Committee (IOC…

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Tom Jenkins’s best sports photos of 2017

The Guardian and Observer sport photographer Tom Jenkins selects his favourite images from 2017 and recalls how each one was created20mm lens 1/1250 f4 ISO 1000 Continue reading…

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The sporting year ahead: 18 dates for your diary in 2018

Russia’s ethical World Cup adventure, Nigeria’s bobsleigh stars at the Winter Olympics, and a welcome helping of London 2012 nostalgia Russia 14 June – 15 July Continue reading…

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From Korea to Russia, 2018 set to show again that sport is politics by other means | Andy Bull

The Winter Olympics, World Cup and Commonwealth Games will all have an unavoidable backdrop that reminds us that all international sport is politicalIn the winter of 1945, Dynamo Moscow came to Britain on a goodwill football tour that turned out to be …

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The best sports photos of 2017 – video

Here we’ve selected our favourite sports images from 2017: from surfers riding the Hawaiian waves and Rory Best’s encounter with a Maori Warrior to Mo Farah’s stunned reaction after another world title and David Warner taking a flying catch in the Ashe…

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The biggest sporting moments of 2017 in 60 seconds – video

Roger Federer’s stunning win over Rafa Nadal in the final of the Australian Open, Usain Bolt running in his final athletics championships, Neymar joining PSG – 2017 was packed full of huge moments in sport and here we look at the biggest, all in 60 sec…

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British sprinter Nigel Levine allegedly fails drugs test

• Levine understood to have tested positive for banned drug clenbuterol• 28-year-old who broke pelvis this year is waiting for his B sample resultThe British sprinter Nigel Levine has allegedly failed a drugs test. The 28-year-old is understood to have…