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Category: Olympic Games

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Sport and the climate crisis: time for the travelling circus to just stay put | Marina Hyde

How long can sport, like Hollywood, continue to wave away the contradictions between its activities and its supposed ideals?Someone once told me about a film actor who had developed a powerful ecological conscience, and in this spirit he bought every c…

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IOC’s oppressive podium rules ignore history of legitimate Olympic protest | Sean Ingle

Ever since Peter O’Connor scaled a flagpole in Athens to call out Olympic unfairness the stage was set for winning athletes to make powerful statements. So why outlaw it now?Some called him the Antelope. Others the King of Spring. But, above all, Peter…

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Unlikely US Olympic dressage hero Laura Graves to miss Tokyo Games

Former bartender to miss 2020 Olympics after retiring horseGraves and Verdades burst from obscurity to reach world No 1Dressage duo helped US to rare bronze in team event in 2016Laura Graves, an Olympic bronze medalist and the United States’ top medal …

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IOC lay down law over Olympic protests by athletes in Tokyo

Sanctions for raising fists or taking a knee at 2020 GamesPrevious protests ‘had no effect whatsoever’, says IOCPoliticians and athletes should keep politics out of this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games to protect the event’s neutrality and its status as a p…

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Tokyo 2020 beds to be made from cardboard and recycled after Games

Mattresses will also be recycled into plastics after Tokyo 2020Organisers will make medals and torch from recycled metalsAthletes competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will sleep on bed frames made from recyclable cardboard, with mat…

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Skater badly injured in Olympic ceremony rehearsal accident

Female skater severely injured after falling during rehearsalYouth Winter Olympics begin on Thursday in SwitzerlandA female skater was severely injured after falling to the ice from about 16 feet during a rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the Youth…

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics art posters revealed – in pictures

The official art posters for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, created by renowned artists such as Chris Ofili, Naoki Urasawa, Philippe Weisbecker and Viviane Sassen, have been unveiled. Each Games creates posters to promote cultural and spo…

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Sport in 2020 calendar: your month-by-month guide to the year ahead

The Olympics and Paralympics head to Tokyo, Euro 2020 sends football fans around Europe, plus the return of the Ryder CupThe sporting year’s traditional raucous curtain-raiser, the PDC world darts final, takes place on New Year’s Day. The BDO champions…

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Sports predictions for 2020: From Team GB’s medal haul to England’s Euro hopes | Sean Ingle

Visions of another record Olympic medal tally are unrealistic while Gareth Southgate’s men are likely to peak after Euro 2020A decade ago, Observer Sport Monthly tried to imagine what sport would look like in 2020. China, it daringly predicted, would b…

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Sports predictions for 2020: From Team GB’s medal haul to England’s Euro hopes | Sean Ingle

Visions of another record Olympic medal tally are unrealistic while Gareth Southgate’s men are likely to peak after Euro 2020A decade ago, Observer Sport Monthly tried to imagine what sport would look like in 2020. China, it daringly predicted, would b…

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Kelly Slater misses Tokyo Olympics as John John Florence takes final US spot

American surfing legend falls short of qualifying for Olympics John John Florence joins Kolohe Andino on two-man US teamJulian Wilson books place for Australia, joining Owen WrightEleven-time world champion Kelly Slater failed to qualify for the US Oly…

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UK Sport confident of breaking GB Olympic medal record at Tokyo 2020

• Team GB finished second overall in Rio with 67 medals• Warr says ‘bases are loaded’ when it comes to medal potentialUK Sport is “quietly confident” that the Tokyo Olympics will be the best ever for British athletes, surpassing the record-breaking me…

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Sir Peter Snell, New Zealand’s athlete of the century, dies aged 80

Snell won three Olympic gold medals in the 1960sThe runner was never beaten in a major global raceWe are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journalismNew Zealand is mourning the loss of its most revered …

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Swell news for Tahiti as Paris opts to host Olympic surfing 10,000 miles away

Organisers criticised over environmental impact as site is thousands of miles from host cityThe organisers of the 2024 Paris Olympics have chosen Tahiti as the site for surfing events, arguing that the waves are more dependable than the French coast, d…

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BOA demands the ‘fullest possible sanctions’ be taken against Russia

• British Olympic Association support calls over Wada ban• Russian speaker suggests country host alternative GamesThe British Olympic Association has called for the “fullest possible sanctions” to be taken against Russia following the four-year World A…

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Sky Brown, the 11-year-old Olympic hopeful: ‘I want to push boundaries for girls’

Skateboarder could become GB’s youngest summer Olympian. She talks falling, food and hopes for the future“Woah, did you see how high she went? That was four or five feet!” exclaims one of the kids at the Huntington Beach skatepark in California as Sky …

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Sky Brown, the 11-year-old Olympic hopeful: ‘I want to push boundaries for girls’

Skateboarder could become GB’s youngest summer Olympian. She talks falling, food and hopes for the future“Woah, did you see how high she went? That was four or five feet!” exclaims one of the kids at the Huntington Beach skatepark in California as Sky …

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BOA hits back at Team GB athletes in Olympic sponsorship row

• Mo Farah among those in marketing rights dispute• Adam Gemili: ‘We want to recognise our sponsors’The British Olympic Association has entered into a legal dispute with its own athletes as a row over marketing rights looks set to overshadow the countd…

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Tokyo 2020 receives unprecedented demand for Paralympic Games tickets

• Over three million requests for tickets in first lottery phase• Parsons: ‘This shows appetite Japanese society has for games’There have been more than three million requests for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics tickets in the first lottery phase, three times t…

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Vladimir Putin signals Russia will appeal against four-year Wada ban

• Russian president indicates there are ‘reasons to appeal’• Country has 21 days to respond to proposed sanctionsRussian president Vladimir Putin has said his country have ’reason to appeal’ against the four-year ban imposed by the World Anti-Doping Ag…