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Category: Olympic Games

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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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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…

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Sebastian Coe backs ‘purple patch’ Laura Muir to paint Tokyo gold in 2020

• Ability to change pace puts Muir among the greats, says Coe • Coe: there is ‘no question’ Muir can win Olympic goldSebastian Coe believes there is “absolutely no question” Laura Muir can win Olympic gold at Tokyo 2020 after her “double-double” at the…

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Michael Conlan: ‘It’s prize fighting and it’s up to me to deliver for my family’

The unbeaten featherweight speaks about brotherly love, how to be friends with other boxers and his impatience before fightsNot far from Epsom Downs Racecourse, Irish featherweight boxer Michael Conlan sits in his rented accommodation and reflects on h…

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Breakdancing at the Olympics? Bring it on… | Alex Clark

The Games are now far removed from their origins, so let’s embrace all arcane pursuitsGood for Paco Boxy, the face of British breakdancing, who came out with a punchy – one might say nominatively characteristic – comment on hearing that the sport was t…

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Will MMA ever be an Olympic sport?

Global popularity and an ancient pedigree make MMA a sensible fit for today’s Olympics. The reasons why it’s not even being considered – too violent? too popular? – are less clearGatekeepers charged with determining which sports can qualify for the Oly…

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‘A huge step forward’: British breakers hail Olympic proposal

Prospective inclusion of breaking in Olympics goes down well among UK crewsIt was the early 1970s and dancers couldn’t get enough of the instrumental “breaks” on a record. DJ Kool Herc, now widely hailed the father of hip-hop, was just a teen DJing at …

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Sports quiz of the week: losing, posing, dancing and talking trash

Who isn’t tough? Who didn’t show up? Who is going arty?Liverpool visit Manchester United on Sunday. Who were the world champions the last time Liverpool won at Old Trafford?FranceGermanySpainBrazilThe organisers of the Olympics are considering four new…

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Feel the vibe – breakdancing could be Olympic Games sport in 2024

• IOC to make decision for Paris 2024 by December 2020• Squash, billiard sports and chess rejectedBreakdancing has been proposed for inclusion in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee will consider the proposal and must reac…

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North and South Korea to launch joint bid to host 2032 summer Olympics

Seoul’s mayor calls Games a chance ‘to change the fate of the Korean peninsula’Seoul is hoping to “change the fate of the Korean peninsula” with the launch of a bid to jointly host the 2032 Olympic Games with North Korea.Representatives from both Korea…

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Tokyo 2020 medals to be made from discarded smartphones and laptops

Organizers say Tokyo 2020 medals will be made from e-wasteGold, silver and bronze to be extracted from obsolete gadgetsWaste collected includes smartphones, cameras and laptopsAll medals at next summer’s Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo will be made f…

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Tokyo 2020 organisers cut crowds at sailing events over tsunami risk

Olympic authorities reduce crowd size to make evacuations easier The organisers of next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo have decided to cut the number of spectators for the sailing events by a third so they can be quickly evacuated to higher ground in th…

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What happens when a boxer loses his shot at glory and goes back to real life?

A year ago Luke Jackson was preparing for the biggest night of his life. How does he recover after missing his one big chance?Luke Jackson calmly and politely pauses the interview. “Excuse me mate, I’ve just got to save a mother duck and all of her chi…

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Five-time Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian diagnosed with cancer

Five-time Olympic champion diagnosed with testicular cancerAdrian, 30, won gold in 100m free at 2012 London OlympicsFive-time Olympic champion swimmer Nathan Adrian has been diagnosed with testicular cancer, but he plans to continue training for the 20…

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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…