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Are the Olympics heading to Australia again? Key questions about Brisbane 2032 answered | Kieran Pender

Brisbane has been installed as the IOC’s ‘preferred partner’ to host the 2032 Games and it appears the event is now Queensland’s to loseOn Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee named Brisbane as the “preferred partner” to host the 2032 Olympic…

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Fijian rugby league team sing from balconies to thank Sydney hotel quarantine staff – video

The Kaiviti Silktails, a rugby league team from Fiji, have thanked hotel staff after their mandatory quarantine by singing from their balconies. The squad has relocated to Sydney to play in the Ron Massey Cup competition that sits two levels below the …

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Brisbane chosen as ‘preferred partner’ to host 2032 Olympic Games, IOC says

The Gold Coast hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the Queensland government claims that 80% of venues for the games are already builtBrisbane has been picked as the “preferred partner” to start talks over staging the 2032 Olympic Games, the Interna…

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Eddie McGuire overshadows the work Collingwood needs to do, say AFL Indigenous leaders

Two women working inside the AFL to tackle racism say nothing should distract from the recommendations of the Do Better reportTwo of the most senior Indigenous people in the AFL say they’re disappointed the departure of Eddie McGuire as Collingwood pre…

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Former Collingwood player Leon Davis: ‘We don’t want our kids to have to go through the bullshit’

Drafted as an excited teenager, the First Nations man was stunned and isolated by racist bullying. ‘I don’t take any pleasure from Eddie stepping down,’ he says today. ‘The issues have not gone away’For the past few weeks, proud Balardong Whadjuk man L…

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Collingwood establishes anti-racism group following resignation of Eddie McGuire

The group – comprising Indigenous leaders, directors and former players – will implement the Do Better report’s recommendationsCollingwood has appointed a group to address a culture of “systemic racism” at the AFL club amid the fallout from a report th…

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The AFL has much ground to make up on the issue of concussion and player welfare | Stephanie Convery

Putting $2bn behind the health and wellbeing of those who suffer brain injuries on its behalf is a pretty good place to startSlowly, reluctantly, painstakingly, the sporting world has been coming to terms with concussion.It’s taken decades for the corp…

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Australian Open: fans to be shut out as Covid-19 lockdown impacts tennis

Entire state of Victoria to enter stage 4 lockdown for five daysConcern over spread of ‘hyper-infectious’ UK strain of virusCrowds will be barred from the Australian Open as Melbourne heads into a hard five-day lockdown in response to the Holiday Inn C…

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Indigenous leaders welcome Eddie McGuire’s resignation as president of Collingwood AFL club

McGuire’s departure comes after days of pressure following damning independent report into racism at the clubEddie McGuire failed to identify his use-by date, writes Barrie CassidyThe Indigenous senator for Victoria, Lidia Thorpe, has hailed Eddie McGu…

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Indigenous leaders welcome Eddie McGuire’s resignation as president of Collingwood AFL club

McGuire’s departure comes after days of pressure following damning independent report into racism at the clubEddie McGuire failed to identify his use-by date, writes Barrie CassidyThe Indigenous senator for Victoria, Lidia Thorpe, has hailed Eddie McGu…

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Sam Burgess, former NRL and England rugby player, found guilty of intimidation

Former South Sydney Rabbitohs captain has been found guilty after saying ‘I’m going to get you’ centimetres from his then father-in-law’s faceFormer South Sydney NRL captain and English rugby star Sam Burgess has been found guilty of intimidating his t…

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Collingwood players write open letter apologising to anyone who suffered racism at the AFL club

The letter, signed by 150 footballers and netballers, states that ‘through our silence we feel responsible for these injustices’ Collingwood players have issued an apology for their part in allowing a culture of racism to develop at the club.In an open…

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Why a beachside Australian village turned down the World Surf League

When the opportunity to host a world championship tour event came knocking, Lennox Heads said noHosting a world championship tour event is an opportunity most cities, let alone towns, would jump at – even bid large amounts of money for.But the village …

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Game on: the ballkids getting the 2021 Australian Open over the line

The delayed tennis tournament means 380 Melbourne teenagers will be ditching school to run after Rafael Nadal in a year when strict Covid protocols mean they’ll effectively be living in a bubble Unlike some of tennis’s biggest names, Marlo Jenkins is t…

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Australian Open players and officials isolate after Covid-19 positive at hotel

Setback as worker at Grand Hyatt tests positive for virusMelbourne health officials ‘ramping up a response’Up to 600 players, officials and support staff preparing for the Australian Open will have to isolate until they return a negative test for Covid…

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‘Shameful’: Héritier Lumumba condemns Eddie McGuire’s response to Collingwood racism report

Exclusive: star AFL player who complained about racist behaviour at Collingwood football club said the review was only held because he spoke outStar AFL player Héritier Lumumba – who over 10 years endured racist taunts while playing for the Collingwood…

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Collingwood AFL club’s culture of ‘structural racism’ condemned in scathing report

Leadership on antiracism from highest levels, including the board, called to replace ‘deny, double-down and deflect’ response Collingwood has a problem with structural racism that its senior leadership must address and it should publicly make amends to…

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Rugby Australia makes surprise offer to host Lions series against South Africa

Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan confirms offerCovid-19 means tour is unlikely to go ahead in South AfricaHopes that the British & Irish Lions Tests against South Africa could take place this summer, and with fans in attendance, look a litt…

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Australian Open gets green light for 30,000 a day as WA loosens border restrictions

WA premier Mark McGowan says travellers from Queensland and Victoria will no longer have to quarantine upon arrivalFollow today’s coronavirus liveblogAustralia’s coronavirus vaccine rollout hit as EU gives itself power to block exportsAustralia’s Covid…

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Australian Open tennis players leave quarantine as those remaining express frustration

Players in ‘hard quarantine’ told they will have to wait extra day to leave their roomsAustralia news live: Covid restrictions in Sydney ease as plans for vaccine rollout detailedAustralian Open tennis players have started to leave hotel quarantine aft…