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Category: Olympic Games

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Team GB to send biggest ever team to overseas Olympics at Tokyo 2020

• Chef de mission hoping for 380 athletes in Tokyo• Paralympic team to decrease slightly on RioGreat Britain is on course to send its biggest team to an overseas Olympics, with the aim of staying in the “upper echelons” of the medal table at Tokyo 2020…

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Pernell Whitaker obituary

Former world champion boxer who won gold at the 1984 OlympicsDuring debates about who is the best boxer of all time, the former four-weight world champion Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker is sometimes overlooked. He was not a fearsome puncher, nor was he a…

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Thousands of Tokyo commuters told to work from home to avoid Olympic crush

Employees will stay home for two weeks as part of mass trial to take pressure off crowded public transport systemHundreds of thousands of employees in Tokyo will work from home for two weeks as part of a trial of measures designed to reduce congestion …

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IOC investigates allegations of bribery over Rio’s 2016 Olympic bid

• Former state governor accuses nine members of corruption• Sergei Bubka among those named by Sérgio CabralThe International Olympic Committee has promised to investigate startling new allegations that nine of its members – including pole vault legend …

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Breaking news: Street dance moves closer to Olympic debut at Paris 2024

Breaking among four sports Paris looks to add for 2024 programFinal decision on added sports to be made in December 2020Breakdancing, known as breaking in Olympic circles, moved a step closer to the 2024 Olympics on Tuesday, and now organizers can look…

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IAAF agent ‘asked Qatari royal’ for $5m in bid for sporting events

Emails suggest aide to the crown prince received request from Papa Massata Diack, who is wanted on corruption chargesLeaked emails appear to link a member of the Qatari royal family to a deal that is being investigated as part of a inquiry into alleged…

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Robots and reconstruction: can Tokyo 2020 top 1964’s Olympic legacy?

The Japanese capital’s futuristic first Games in 1964 set a dazzlingly high bar it will struggle to reach next yearThere is a simple riposte to anyone who doubts an Olympics can truly transform a city: Tokyo. When Japan’s capital first won the right to…

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Robots and reconstruction: can Tokyo 2020 top 1964’s Olympic legacy?

The Japanese capital’s futuristic first Games in 1964 set a dazzlingly high bar it will struggle to reach next yearThere is a simple riposte to anyone who doubts an Olympics can truly transform a city: Tokyo. When Japan’s capital first won the right to…

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USA sevens sparkle at Twickenham to secure Olympic spot

Eagles and Fiji ensure qualification for Tokyo Games next yearCoach Mike Friday: ‘I’m so proud and pleased for all the boys’ USA have become the first men’s rugby sevens team to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year, after winning their thre…

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Aiba stripped of right to run boxing tournament at Tokyo Olympics

• IOC announcement folows six-month Deloitte review• New organisation to be in place by JuneAmateur boxing’s governing body, Aiba, has been stripped of its right to host the Tokyo 2020 Olympic boxing tournament.However the International Olympic Committ…

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Rory McIlroy declares intention to play for Ireland at 2020 Olympic Games

• McIlroy did not play at 2016 Games in Rio• World No4 said: ‘I’m excited to play for Ireland’Rory McIlroy is expected to compete for Ireland at next year’s Olympics after revealing a change of stance regarding his participation. McIlroy was one of a n…

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Is fair play in running more important than fairness to Caster Semenya as a human? | Gaby Hinsliff

All her life, the South African athlete has been portrayed as a freak. Her case is as much about ethics as about sport or scienceWhen she was a girl, growing up in rural South Africa, the runner Caster Semenya would sometimes face a humiliating ritual …

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Shirtless Tongan flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua in bid for third Olympic sport

Cult hero of Rio 2016 targets sprint kayaking for 2020Taufatofua will also attempt to qualify in taekwondoPita Taufatofua, the Tongan who attracted 250 million Google hits when he appeared oiled and shirtless in his national costume at the Rio Olympics…

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Shirtless Tongan flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua in bid for third Olympic sport

Cult hero of Rio 2016 targets sprint kayaking for 2020Taufatofua will also attempt to qualify in taekwondoPita Taufatofua, the Tongan who attracted 250 million Google hits when he appeared oiled and shirtless in his national costume at the Rio Olympics…

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Amanda Spratt: ‘I think about Tokyo 2020 every day’

After her ‘best year yet’ in 2018, Australian cyclist Amanda Spratt is eyeing off Giro Rosa success and the OlympicsAmanda Spratt is on a high. After more than a decade of hard work on the gruelling international cycling circuit, the 31-year-old from P…

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Paralympics GB stunned after Yokohama hotels demand payment for accessibility

• Paralympics GB team hit with ‘huge headache’ for training camp• Senior figure says hotels have shown a ‘total lack of interest’British Paralympic officials say they were left stunned when hotels near their training camp for the 2020 Games demanded th…

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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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James Cracknell, 46, rows himself into the Boat Race record books

Former Olympian will become the event’s oldest competitor as he takes his place in the Cambridge crewOlympic gold-winning rower James Cracknell is expected to make history on Sunday when, at 46, he becomes the oldest person to compete in the Boat Race,…

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Peter Kennaugh takes break from cycling ‘to rediscover happiness’

• Former Team Sky rider has mental health problems• Kennaugh has had ‘years of struggling on and off the bike’Peter Kennaugh is to take an indefinite break because of mental health problems. The 2012 Olympic gold medallist and former British champion i…

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Jordan Thomas: ‘I can go forward and create my own history. I make my own story’ | Giles Richards

Tokyo 2020 is the latest goal for the British karateka whose career has been defined by determination and self-beliefIt was in 2016 when Jordan Thomas won karate’s world championship in Austria, that he knew his destiny was firmly in his hands long bef…