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Category: Olympic Games

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Man Utd v Arsenal, Ali’s debut and the incredible Didrikson Zaharias | Classic YouTube

Also featuring George Best, ‘Hitman’ Hearns and the late, great Ron Pickering on We Are The Champions1) Manchester United meet Arsenal on Sunday, and it seems the two clubs have enjoyed some acceptable tussles in the past. Here’s a Friday night special…

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The Olympics are about unity and diversity, not politics and profit. Boycotts don’t work | Thomas Bach

As athlete and administrator, I have seen how the Games unite people, which also means participants being politically neutralParticipating in the Olympic Games is an incredible experience for every athlete. But it is also humbling when you realise that…

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Russia planned cyber-attack on Tokyo Olympics, says UK

Foreign secretary condemns ‘cynical and reckless’ bid to disrupt Games, before they were postponedRussian military intelligence services were planning a cyber-attack on the Japanese-hosted Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo this summer in a bid to disru…

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Donation helps long jumper drop delivery job and revive Olympic dream

British indoor champion Dan Bramble worked for AmazonGymshark helps athlete reach £12,000 target for OlympicsA British long jump champion who had to work for Amazon after suffering financial problems during the pandemic has been told he can “quit deliv…

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Diacks’ $55m of suspicious bank transfers linked to Tokyo Olympic bid

French prosecutors investigate Lamine Diack and his sonLamine and Papa Massata Diack jailed for role in Russian dopingMore than $55m was transferred in and out of suspicious bank accounts linked to Lamine Diack, the disgraced former head of global athl…

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Phil Neville eager to lead Team GB at rescheduled Tokyo Olympics

Neville stood down as England Women’s manager in April‘Olympics is a massive ambition of mine. The FA know that’Phil Neville has said he wants to lead Team GB at the Olympics and expects the Football Association to make a decision “pretty quickly” on w…

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Going for gold: looking back at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, 20 years on – in pictures

The torch relay, Fatso the wombat, Cathy Freeman’s winning sprint and an opening ceremony that stopped the nation: these photographs capture a golden moment Continue reading…

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Premier League origins, 1980s fan footage and the great Gail Devers | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Andy Murray being a mensch and more1) The Premier League season begins this weekend, so here’s Sky’s Premier League launch from 1992, here’s Norwich beating Arsenal on the opening day, in front…

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Tokyo Olympics must be held at ‘any cost’, says Japanese minister

Seiko Hashimoto says country is planning for event next year even though a widely available vaccine is unlikelyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Tokyo Olympics must be held “at any cost”, Japan’s Games minister, Seiko Hash…

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Christian Malcolm named as British Athletics’ first black head coach for Olympics

Former Olympic sprinter has been coaching in AustraliaMalcolm will lead Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021Christian Malcolm has been confirmed as the new Olympic programme head coach for British Athletics. The 41-year-old, who was head of performanc…

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Black power: the fists and the fury that shook America – and inspired generations | Sean Ingle

Fifty-two years after Tommie Smith and John Carlos used the Olympic podium to protest against racial injustice, a new documentary examines the legacy of the gestureChaos on the streets. Poison seeping into minds. Athletes speaking out against racial in…

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Kelly Holmes’ double gold, honest interviews and mountainside cricket | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features Roger Federer skills, footballers playing cricket and swimming with beer1) Ronnie O’Sullivan attracted some attention this week with his comments about the depth of talent (or lack of) in snooker, so let’s enjoy some m…

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Freestyle skateboarding brilliance, the Uefa Cup and Ronnie O’Sullivan | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features Fanny Blankers-Koen, Robin van Persie, and ‘the best coach in the Premier League’1) Things are hotting up at the Crucible, where the World Snooker Championships are in full swing. So here’s Ronnie O’Sullivan talking us…

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Sky Brown: ‘Sometimes you fall but I wanted to show me getting up again’

Great Britain’s 12-year-old world skateboarding bronze medallist is recuperating after a horrific accident but already thinking of next year’s Olympic Games“I thought it was kind of cool,” Sky Brown says as she remembers the first time she watched foot…

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‘The Kremlin wants me dead’: Russia’s sports doping whistleblower speaks out

Grigory Rodchenkov was head of Russia’s ‘anti-doping’ centre but, in 2015, he fled to the US. He talks to the Observer’s former Moscow correspondent about the lies, the truth and life on the runThe man in front of me is wearing a disguise. We are talki…

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Sport’s cascading tales of abuse and fear demand action from the very top | Sean Ingle

Victims have spoken out and some culprits have even admitted regret. Now it’s time for the governing bodies to show they careIn safer and saner times, the world’s eyes would now be fixed on the Tokyo Olympics: the gleaming smiles, the shiny medals, the…

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Eilidh McIntyre: ‘I’ll be nervous about the Olympics going ahead until I’m at the start line’

With one year to go until the postponed Tokyo Olympics begin, Britain’s gold-medal hopeful in sailing talks about how the delay of a lifetime dream has affected herEilidh McIntyre offers profuse apologies that are completely unnecessary. A gentle quest…

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Sebastian Coe: ‘I wouldn’t have missed Ovett rivalry for the world’

Forty years on from a pair of middle-distance classics at the Moscow Olympics, Coe recalls complaining telegrams, Daley Thompson’s psychology and his opinion on the boycottPrecisely 40 years since the greatest two-act drama in British sporting history …

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Rescheduled Tokyo Olympics must be simple and safe, says Games official

John Coates says health of athletes must be securedThis week marks one year until postponed Games beginSenior Olympic official John Coates has reiterated that Tokyo must stage a simplified summer Games next year with the health and safety of athletes t…

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Team GB told to focus on athletes’ dreams, not just Olympic medals

Change of focus needed in wake of abuse scandalChef de mission: ‘Medal table outcome is irrelevant’Team GB should focus on “more than just medals” as a barometer of success in the wake of the gymnastics abuse scandal and the global pandemic, believes i…