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Category: Olympic Games

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Faster, higher, stronger? Not in Olympic women’s road cycling | Stephanie Constand

A watered-down Tokyo 2020 course suggests the Olympic motto ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ is relevant only to menThe routes for the Olympic road races were recently announced by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the UCI, and something is yet again co…

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Beijing’s crumbling Olympic legacy – in pictures

A decade after Beijing hosted the 2008 Olympics, signs of the event, most in disrepair, can be seen around the Chinese capital Continue reading…

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Beijing’s crumbling Olympic legacy – in pictures

A decade after Beijing hosted the 2008 Olympics, signs of the event, most in disrepair, can be seen around the Chinese capital Continue reading…

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UK Sport’s ‘no compromise’ policy finally comes up for debate | Sean Ingle

Ed Warner’s call for change in the ‘bloated’ and ‘flawed’ Olympic sport funding system puts the focus on medals in the spotlightThe battle for UK Sport’s soul has raged for years but it has been a one-sided skirmish. The policy of “no compromise” …

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Olympic sport funding is hugely bloated and needs radical overhaul – Ed Warner

• Former UK Athletics chair says governing bodies must pay 25%• ‘Wealthy names like Mo Farah should pay their own way’The funding of Olympic sport in Britain is “bloated”, “flawed” and needs a “radical overhaul” to end the dependency on national lotter…

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Boules v darts: which deserves Olympic recognition?

France wants boules on the bill when it hosts the games in 2024 and darts organisers are pushing for recognition, too. Here’s how the two sports compareFrench cultural power is fanning out across the world in a way not seen since Le Petit Caporal. Unde…

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North Korea: US blocks sanctions exemption for sports equipment

IOC had asked for exemption to help Olympic athletes prepareUS raises objection on security council committeeThe United States has blocked a request by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to transfer sports equipment to North Korea so its athlete…

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UK Sport urged to change funding model for Olympic and Paralympic Games

• Dozen disenfranchised sports call for less emphasis on medals• Badminton England and Wheelchair Rugby among the 12The governing bodies of 12 British sports have demanded an end to a funding policy that puts Olympic medals above all else.Describing th…

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Steve Redgrave: ‘I feared diabetes would end my rowing career’

The five-time Olympic gold medallist discusses competing after his diagnosis – and breaking down barriers for othersWhen Sir Steve Redgrave was diagnosed with diabetes 20 years ago at the age of 35, he thought it would mean the end of his rowing career…

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‘Immense pressure’: Ian Thorpe calls for an end to medal targets

‘It’s not beneficial,’ says former Olympic champion Hopes to influence change on athletes’ mental healthIan Thorpe has called for change with how sporting bodies approach major competitions like the Olympics in a bid to ease the burden on athletes. The…

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Olympic success under threat from funding cuts, says UK Sport chair

• Dame Katherine Grainger warns of implications of budget cuts• Finances are set to get tighter for 2020-2024 Olympic cycleDame Katherine Grainger, the chair of UK Sport, has warned that Britain’s extraordinary record of Olympic and Paralympic success …

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Lawmakers choke back tears, rail at US Olympic leaders at emotional hearing

USA Gymnastics CEO apologizes for abuse: ‘Those days are over’One lawmaker fights back tears at emotionally charged hearingLawmakers used an emotionally charged House subcommittee hearing to get answers about what they portrayed as the US Olympic Commi…

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Whistleblowers’ fears revealed in landmark UK Sport report

‘Culture health check’ shows widespread pride but reports almost a third of Olympic athletes fear reprisals for speaking outThe optimistic tone of the UK Sport hierarchy as they presented the results of what they called a “culture health check” has rar…

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Olympic hero Katie Ledecky set to make professional debut in Indianapolis

Five-time Olympic champion will make pro debut next weekLedecky announced in March she was forgoing amateur eligibilityKatie Ledecky will make her professional swimming debut at a Pro Series meet in Indianapolis next week.The five-time Olympic champion…

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Sir Roger Bannister, British athlete who broke four-minute mile – video obituary

Sir Roger Bannister, the first athlete to break the four-minute mile, has died aged 88. At the time many people had though his achievement – posting a time of three minutes, 59.4 seconds in 1954 – a near-impossible feat. Sir Roger Bannister obitua…

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Sir Roger Bannister, British athlete who broke four-minute mile – video obituary

Sir Roger Bannister, the first athlete to break the four-minute mile, has died aged 88. At the time many people had though his achievement – posting a time of three minutes, 59.4 seconds in 1954 – a near-impossible feat. Sir Roger Bannister obitua…

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USOC CEO Scott Blackmun resigns for health reasons in wake of Nassar scandal

60-year-old had faced calls to quit after gymnastics abuse caseBlackmun has been receiving treatment for prostate cancerThe US Olympic Committee chief executive Scott Blackmun is resigning for health reasons, the organization said on Wednesda…

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Well done Team GB but can we have a decade off the Olympics, please? | Paul MacInnes

We should not be obsessed with winning sporting medals, we should be obsessed with playing sport and getting as many people as possible to do itIt’s been a month of incredible success at the Winter Olympics. It was a month, right? It certainly felt lik…

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Russia says IOC has reinstated its membership after doping allegations

Alexander Zhukov claims on state TV Russia’s rights are restoredRussians competed as neutral athletes at Winter OlympicsThe head of Russia’s Olympic Committee has claimed that the International Olympic Committee has reinstated his organisation’s member…

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Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018: ‘the Games of new horizons’? | Sean Ingle

Russian scandal couldn’t overshadow spectacular sport and thawing relations between North and South KoreaMoments before the XXIII Winter Games ended amid a furious barrage of K-pop and firecrackers, the president of the International Olympic Committee,…