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Category: Olympic Games

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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…

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Rebagliati’s free the weed campaign aims to show Wada ban is all to pot | Andy Bull

Moral and medical arguments for banning cannabis use in sport have fallen away and former Olympic snowboarder Ross Rebagliati wants the authorities to take noteIn the years after he gave up snowboarding, Ross Rebagliati tried selling real estate, runni…

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Peony Knight hoping to ride wave of success all the way to Tokyo Olympics | Giles Richards

British surfer is still only 21 years old but is a formidable talent and fiercely determined to take her board to the GamesBritain’s Peony Knight is an athlete with her sights set on riding the crest of a wave when surfing makes it debut at the Tokyo O…

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Gafur Rakhimov to stand down as Aiba president during investigation

• Rakhimov branded one of Uzbekistan ‘leading criminals’ • Rakhimov claims to have ‘revitalised and energised’ AibaGafur Rakhimov, who is accused of being one of Uzbekistan’s “leading criminals” with “links to the heroin trade” by the US Treasury, has …

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Simone Biles looks ahead to Tokyo 2020 positively after Larry Nassar abuse scandal – video

Simone Biles believes US gymnastics is moving in a positive direction after the ‘dark place’ it found itself in a year ago following a sex abuse scandal.The 22-year-old, winner of a record-equalling four gold medals at the Rio Olympics, was one of more…

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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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Japanese Olympic chief to quit amid corruption allegations scandal

Tsunekazu Takeda denies claims relating to payments to consultancy linked to son of disgraced ex-Olympic officialThe president of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) has said he will resign amid allegations of corruption over Tokyo’s successful bid to…

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Annie Vernon: ‘That silver medal was devastating – like a broken heart’ | Donald McRae

Desperate to win, terrified of defeat – the Olympic silver medallist tells of dealing with this profound challenge for elite athletesOut of heartache, sometimes, clarity can emerge. For Annie Vernon – a former Olympic and world champion rower who is no…

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Sky Brown: a 10-year-old skater who could become the UK’s youngest summer Olympian – video

Sky Brown is the 10-year-old skateboard prodigy who has taken her sport by storm. Since signing her first professional deal at the age of seven, she has gone on to compete – and win – against women twice her size. She will seek to qualify for Tokyo 202…

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Sky Brown: 10-year-old skateboarder set to compete for Team GB at Olympics

Youngster set to become Britain’s youngest summer OlympianBrown will be 12 years old at start of Tokyo Games in 2020She’s already the world’s youngest professional skateboarder, with an Instagram following of 300,000 hanging on her every video, from le…

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Women in line to form majority of Team GB at Tokyo Olympics

• BOA believes history will be made in next year’s selection• Investment and IOC’s gender balance pledge among reasonsThe British Olympic Association is expecting to make history by selecting more women than men for next year’s Olympics, the Guardian c…