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Tokyo Olympics: Mo Farah’s bid for marathon gold will mean dawn start

• Nine athletics finals will take place in the morning sessions• Schedule ‘substantially different’ with men’s marathon at 6amMo Farah’s bid for Olympic gold in the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics will mean an early start after it was announced that the…

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Caster Semenya accuses Sebastian Coe of ‘opening old wounds’

• South African hits back over IAAF president’s comments• ‘He is wrong to think she is a threat to women’s sport’Caster Semenya has accused Sebastian Coe of “opening old wounds” after his comments about the double Olympic champion in a newspaper articl…

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Testosterone limits for female athletes not backed by science, say academics

Rules by IAAF would require some female track runners to lower their testosterone levels to competeProposed regulations on testosterone levels in women’s athletics have been criticised by academics who say they are not backed by scientific evidence and…

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Radical Diamond League plans will cut meeting length and ditch long races

• 5,000m and 10,000m to be scrapped under new plans• New format aims to make athletics more compelling to fansRadical new plans for athletics’ elite Diamond League circuit will see meetings cut to 90 minutes, fewer events, and the 5,000m and 10,000m sc…

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Proposed testosterone limit ’flawed’ and ‘hurtful’, say Caster Semenya’s lawyers

• Day two of challenge against IAAF’s revised eligibility rules• Regulations ‘do not empower anyone’, say lawyersCaster Semenya’s lawyers have hit back at the IAAF on day two of their hearing at the court of arbitration for sport, claiming the world go…

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Court has Semenya’s career in its hands – and decision could affect all of sport | Sean Ingle

The South African’s challenge to the IAAF’s testosterone rules could be as profound and far-reaching as the Bosman rulingIt is just one case, brought by just one athlete, against a single organisation. But Caster Semenya’s challenge to the IAAF’s testo…

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Caster Semenya gets government backing in IAAF testosterone row

• Minister calls proposed limits a ‘violation of human rights’• Double Olympic champion takes her fight to Cas on MondayThe South African government has thrown its weight behind Caster Semenya in her legal battle with world athletics’ governing body, t…

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Caster Semenya: IAAF denies it wants to classify athlete as biological male

• Case to be heard at the court of arbitration for sport next week• ‘IAAF has not said DSD athletes should be classified as male’The IAAF has emphatically rejected a report that it wants the women’s Olympic 800m champion, Caster Semenya, to be classifi…

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‘This debt must be settled’: IAAF extends Russia’s doping ban

• Athletics governing body demands access to drug-test samples• Unclear whether Russian athletes will compete at world championshipsThe IAAF extended its ban on Russia’s participation in international competitions on Tuesday, with no clarity on whether…

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How far has fight against doping really come since ‘dirtiest race in history’? | Sean Ingle

Exactly 30 years on from the Seoul Olympics 100m, the ineffectiveness of the anti-doping system remains a concernThirty years ago today, Ben Johnson crouched on his starting blocks before the 100m Olympic final in Seoul, waiting. A gun went off. And he…

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World 800m bronze medallist Kipyegon Bett tests positive for EPO

• Bett beat Kyle Langford at 2017 world championships• 20-year-old is awaiting tests on B sampleKipyegon Bett, Kenya’s world 800 metres bronze medallist, has tested positive for banned blood booster Erythropoeitin (EPO), Athletics Kenya (AK) officials …

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IAAF vice-president Sergey Bubka cleared of making suspicious payment

• AIU says payment to former IAAF treasurer did not breach rules• Valentin Balakhnichev banned from athletics for life in 2016Sergey Bubka, the IAAF senior vice-president, has been cleared of making a suspicious money transfer. Related: Tiger Woods and…

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Human Rights Watch: testosterone limit for female athletes is discrimination

• Body calls for IAAF to scrap new rules on hyperandrogenism• IAAF ‘forcing women to have unnecessary interventions’Human Rights Watch has accused the International Association of Athletics Federations of discriminating against female athletes with nat…

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UK Athletics chairman raises doubts over IAAF rule that targets Semenya

• There are ‘a lot of questions and challenges’ says Richard Bowker• Semenya will be welcomed to London World Cup event in JulyThe chairman of UK Athletics has warned that there are “a lot of questions and challenges” with the IAAF’s controversial new …

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Caster Semenya the obvious target in IAAF changes that only create a legal minefield | Hannah Mouncey

When the IAAF’s new policy regarding testosterone levels is challenged it will more than likely be found to be discriminatory; so what’s really going on?It was with little shock this week that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAA…

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IAAF accused of ‘blatant racism’ over new testosterone level regulations

• Rules will impact on world 800m champion Caster Semenya• Minister says regulations designed to ‘disadvantage’ South AfricanThe IAAF has been accused of “blatant racism” by the ruling party of South Africa, the African National Congress, over its new …

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IAAF doctor calls for intersex category in athletics within five to 10 years

• Dr Stéphane Bermon admits public opinion could be an obstacle• Comments come after IAAF announces new testosterone rulesA leading scientist at international athletics’ governing body has said he is in favour of a third category for intersex athletes …

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New IAAF testosterone rules could slow Caster Semenya by up to seven seconds

• IAAF set to introduce new limits for female athletes• Sports scientist: ‘She will go from a 1:54 to 2:01-2:03’ in 800mThe Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya could run up to seven seconds slower under new rules requiring her to lower her natural te…

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New IAAF testosterone rules could slow Caster Semenya by up to seven seconds

• IAAF set to introduce new limits for female athletes• Sports scientist: ‘She will go from a 1:54 to 2:01-2:03’ in 800mThe Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya could run up to seven seconds slower under new rules requiring her to lower her natural te…

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Sebastian Coe accused of misleading inquiry into Russian doping

• IAAF president criticised for wilful ignorance by new report• ‘It stretches credibility to believe he was not aware of allegations’Sebastian Coe has today been accused of misleading a government inquiry about the extent to which he was aware of Russi…