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Category: Olympic Games

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Why Hakeem al-Araibi’s plight is a test of the Olympic movement itself | Nikki Dryden

The IOC cannot watch from the sidelines as an Australian athlete risks a return to tortureIn the 50 days since Hakeem al-Araibi has been held in a Bangkok jail, global events for Olympic sports have continued. The Hockey World Cup and the World Swimmin…

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The anti-Wada ‘lynch mob’ is not one Vernon Kay and co would recognise | Marina Hyde

Dick Pound’s defence of his latest successor as Wada president, Craig Reedie, just doesn’t stand upEncouraging news for the embattled Wada president, Sir Craig Reedie, as the founder Wada president, Dick Pound, rides eye-catchingly to his defence. By w…

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London 2012’s clean Games boast in ruins as failed doping tests pile up | Andy Bull

The IOC’s decision to keep 2012 Olympics samples for 10 years has led to a steady drip of retrospective failed tests that have given the London Games an unwanted recordTen or so years ago the Evening Standard ran the billboard headline “London Fashion …

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What makes London 2012 the ‘dirtiest ever’ Olympic Games? – video explainer

There have now been 116 failed drug tests from London 2012 – an Olympic record, and with the IOC keeping samples from the Games for another three years that figure could still rise. Organisers say they want to conduct retests on athletes’ samples and b…

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The incredible story of Pita Taufatofua, Tonga’s shirtless Olympic flag bearer

Years of pain and crushing disappointment have not dissuaded the Instagram sensation from becoming an Olympian in two sports – and he’s about to announce a thirdWhen Pita Taufatofua began the walk towards the stadium at the 2016 Rio Olympics opening ce…

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Surfing and skateboarding receive huge Olympic boost from UK Sport

• Softball and goalball are others to gain from ‘aspirational fund’• Mims Davies lauds chance for athletes to shine at Tokyo 2020Britain’s surfers, skateboarders and softball players are to receive official funding for the first time to help them quali…

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‘We are not gymnastics’: parkour fights to retain its soul | Andy Bull

The International Gymnastics Federation wants to recognise parkour as a new discipline, with a view to Olympic inclusion in 2024. But the parkour community is opposing the FIG’s effortsThe Dame du Lac lives an hour’s ride from Paris, in the suburb of L…

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Boxing at 2020 Olympic Games under threat as the IOC investigates

• Plans for Tokyo tournament frozen pending IOC investigation• Finances, governance and anti-doping problems all a concernOlympic boxing hopefuls have been left in limbo less than two years before the Tokyo 2020 Games after planning for the tournament …

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Australia’s Olympic cuts: ‘Simply not enough money in the system’ | Matt Cleary

There are always winners and losers in the fight for funding and the reality is there is only so much to go around In the post-footy, pre-cricket sporting otherworld of mid-November 2009, a review into public funding of Australian sport landed on the d…

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Mo Farah to run 2019 London marathon in preparation for 2020 Olympics

• Farah finished third in London race in 2018• ‘I can compete against the best marathon runners in the world’Mo Farah has confirmed that he will run in the 2019 London marathon as he continues his preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.In his first y…

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‘I hope my legacy inspires gymnasts’ – Olympic medallist Louis Smith retires

Smith won medals at three Olympics on the pommel horse‘Gym has given me everything … it made me the person I am’Louis Smith has announced his retirement from gymnastics at the age of 29.Smith was Great Britain’s first individual Olympic medallist in …

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Gafur Rakhimov elected president of Aiba despite IOC criticisms

Controversial figure beat Serik Konakbayev on Saturday’s voteIOC critical and yet to confirm boxing for 2020 OlympicsAn Uzbek businessman who denies accusations from the US Treasury that he is one of Uzbekistan’s leading criminals with links to the glo…

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Call for Tokyo Olympic marathon to start at 5.30am to avoid deaths

Japanese health bodies concerned that 7am start in intense heat may cause fatalitiesThe organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been urged to start the marathon events at 5.30am to avoid the risk of deaths from the intense heat later in the day.The …

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Nobody can afford to host the Olympics but at the IOC the largesse never stops | Andy Bull

Potential host cities are dwindling to an embarrassing low and yet the International Olympic Committee seems to still be living in the era when money is no objectLord but the IOC makes it hard to love the Olympics, and this last month has been especial…

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Black Power salute: 50 years on how much has changed? – video explainer

Fifty years ago, two 200m runners set the Olympics in Mexico City alight by giving Black Power salutes on the podium as they collected their medals. Tommie Smith and John Carlos said their clinched fists showed the solidarity of black America. The pair…

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Smith and Carlos embodied many African Americans’ Summer of Love and Reckoning

Fifty years ago this week, two proud Olympians raised their fists to call attention to social injustices. Their gesture made my heart swell with prideIn the summer of 1967, 100,000 fashion-forward and social-forward youth gathered in San Francisco in w…

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Olympics unlikely to be bridge too far for eSports if the money is right | Andy Bull

Distinctions between sports and games seem less important than the money that can be made from them, as one billionaire bridge ace proved by getting cards into the Asian GamesThe richest sportsman on the planet isn’t Floyd Mayweather, LeBron James, Lio…

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‘Catastrophe for clean sport’: British athletes oppose Russia’s return

• Letter sent to Wada signed by top Olympic and Paralympic stars• Russia’s potential reinstatement to be discussed next weekBritish athletes have sent an unprecedented letter to the World Anti-Doping Agency warning that it will be a “catastrophe for cl…

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Japan apologises for captive dolphin show during Olympic sailing test run

British sailor Luke Patience calls choice ‘embarrassing’ for a sport that is supposed to protect marine lifeThe Japan Sailing Federation has apologised after a dolphin show was held for sailors competing in the World Cup Series, an event that also doub…

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Japan apologises for captive dolphin show during Olympic sailing test run

British sailor Luke Patience calls choice ‘embarrassing’ for a sport that is supposed to protect marine lifeThe Japan Sailing Federation has apologised after a dolphin show was held for sailors competing in the World Cup Series, an event that also doub…