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Aly Raisman, six-time Olympic medalist, says she was molested by team doctor

Star gymnast confirms she was sexually abused by Lawrence G NassarSix-time Olympic medalist was team captain at London and Rio GamesNassar currently faces 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conductAly Raisman, one of the most decorated American …

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Cracking the vault: Artificial intelligence judging comes to gymnastics

Japanese IT giant Fujitsu is developing a 3D sensory system that will make scoring easier. But will computers ever fully replace human judges?A light blinks on the black box alerting the gymnast to begin her routine. She launches off the vault, lands a…

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The day a non-league defender marked Aubameyang … after running a 10k

Gabon were looking for a warm-up match before the 2012 Olympics. Newcastle United were busy and their U21s were away, so up stepped Heaton StanningtonBy Tom Nicholson for The Set Pieces, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkIn July 2012 Geoff Walker, the …

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China ‘compulsorily doped’ athletes in 1980s and 90s, claims whistleblower

• Former China Olympic doctor alleges systematic doping in all sports• ‘More than 10,000 athletes’ were affected, says Xue YinxianA former doctor for the Chinese Olympic team has revealed that more than 10,000 of the country’s athletes were involved in…

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McKayla Maroney says sexual abuse by team doctor started when she was 13

Olympic gold medalist details years of molestation by team doctorMaroney says abuse started when she was 13 under guise of treatmentAlleged abuser already faces criminal charges for abuse of gymnastsOlympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney said on Wednesd…

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Tokyo Olympic stadium worker’s death follows 190 hours of overtime in a month

• Man logged 90 hours of overtime more than the monthly threshold for karoshi
• Japan again forced to confront work culture after 23-year-old’s death

Japanese labour inspectors have determined that the suicide of a 23-year-old man who worked at Tokyo’s new Olympic stadium construction site stemmed from overwork, and that his family was eligible for government compensation.

Hiroshi Kawahito, a lawyer representing the bereaved family, said that the victim, in charge of quality control of materials at the stadium site, recorded 190 hours of overtime in one month before killing himself in March, according to Japan’s NHK public television. The worker had been in the role for less than a year.

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IOC suspends Carlos Nuzman after gold bar corruption allegation

• Rio 2016 chief involved in commission organising Tokyo 2020 Olympics
• Brazilian police accused 75-year-old of involvement in alleged bribery

The International Olympic Committee has suspended the head of the Rio Games after his arrest on bribery and fraud charges linked to a bid vote-buying scandal, which he denies.

Carlos Nuzman, 75, was involved in a commission organising the Tokyo 2020 Olympics but has been removed from the role after Brazilian police accused him of involvement in alleged bribery of IOC members to vote for the Rio Games during campaigning in 2009. Because he is president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee that body has also been suspended, meaning any IOC payments are frozen and its right to vote on Olympic-related matters is revoked.

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Brazilian police arrest Olympics chief in bribery investigation

Investigators say head of national Olympics committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, arranged $2m bribe to win games for RioBrazilian police have arrested the head of the national Olympics committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, who is accused of conspiring to bribe …

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Skier Lindsey Vonn makes bid to race against men in World Cup downhill

  • USSA to propose for Vonn to ski in World Cup men’s downhill race
  • Vonn wants to “beat some boys and then call it a day” before retiring

The US Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) will put forth a formal proposal to the International Ski Federation (FIS) next week for Lindsey Vonn to participate in a men’s World Cup downhill race next year.

The bid would pitch Vonn, the most decorated skier in American history with 77 wins and 130 podiums, opposite men over the last weekend of November 2018 at Lake Louise, the lone Canadian stop on the circuit where she’s notched 14 of her record 39 World Cup downhill wins.

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Jason Kenny refreshed and targeting Tokyo Olympics after almost quitting

• ‘After Rio, I’d pretty much made my decision to walk away from cycling’
• ‘I feel like I’m 18 and starting again,’ says six-times Olympic gold medallist

The six-times Olympic champion Jason Kenny plans to race on to the Tokyo 2020 Games after previously contemplating retirement. The 29-year-old Bolton rider won three gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics to take his tally to six gold and one silver, level with the British record holder and former team-mate Sir Chris Hoy.

Related: Peter Sagan times sprint to perfection to win third world title in a row

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The ‘fix’ is in but is it right that Russia will compete in the Winter Olympics? | Sean Ingle

Despite calls from UK and US anti-doping bodies for shamed nation to be banned from February’s games, IOC and Wada inaction could let them off the hook

‘It wouldn’t surprise me if the fix is already in,” warned Travis Tygart, the venerable head of the US Anti-Doping Agency, when I asked him on Thursday whether Russia will compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics. It was not so much pessimism as prophecy. Twenty-four hours later Alexander Zhukov, the head of the Russian Olympic Committee, confidently predicted at the 131st IOC summit in Lima: “It will be a Russian team with the Russian anthem and Russian flag” in Pyeongchang.

Of course it will be. No one who follows the arcane politics of the International Olympic Committee believes otherwise. The fix is indeed in, just as it was before the Rio Olympics, when the IOC niftily side-stepped massive evidence of state-sponsored doping and allowed hundreds of Russians to compete, and again in what is now claimed to have been corrupted bidding processes for the Rio and Tokyo Games, in 2009 and 2013, when votes were allegedly traded for cash.

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Fresh claims that Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid teams bought votes

• Central figure in scandal ‘bought expensive jewellery’ days after each vote
• Revelations come on day 2024 Games awarded to Paris and 2028 to LA

On the day that the International Olympic Committee had hoped all eyes would be on Lima and the awarding of the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Games, it risked further embarrassment as fresh claims emerged surrounding the alleged buying of votes by bid teams for the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Related: ‘The biggest lie in the history of world sport’: Diack dismisses corruption allegations

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Charities still waiting for millions raided to build West Ham stadium | Rachel Cain

The government has reneged on a pledge to refund £425m to charities after the Olympics, instead leasing the stadium to West Ham for a mere £2.5m a year

  • Rachel Cain is senior researcher at the Directory of Social Change

As West Ham United kick off a new season in the Olympic Stadium where the nation cheered Mo Farah and Usain Bolt in the World Athletics Championships this summer, few will be aware that this fabulous venue, now the London Stadium, was partly funded by money intended for charities, which are still waiting for repayment.

The story so far: back in 2007, the government raided millions from lottery funds to pay for the infrastructure of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. More than £400m of this money should have been distributed by the Big Lottery Fund in grants enabling charities to do vital work in communities.

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Matt Carroll: the man tasked with restructuring the Australian Olympic Committee | Bret Harris

At a time when the AOC is facing an organisational overhaul in the wake of bullying claims, the new CEO says he is well positioned to action change

It did not take long for Matt Carroll to face his first major challenge as the new chief-executive of the Australian Olympic Committee: last month an independent review found the AOC’s workplace culture to be dysfunctional amid claims of bullying, favouritism and open hostility.

Related: AOC promises overhaul after review says it is ‘out of step’ with Olympic ideals

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David Torrence, Olympic 5000m finalist, found dead at age of 31

  • Peruvian-American’s body found in Arizona swimming pool
  • Scottsdale police are not treating death as suspicious

The Olympic 5000m runner David Torrence has been found dead in a swimming pool in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Peruvian-American was 31-years-old.

Torrence was from California and had come to Scottsdale to train a few weeks ago. Police said they were not treating the death as suspicious. “Firefighters removed the male subject from the pool and he was pronounced deceased,” said Sergeant Ben Hoster of the Scottsdale Police Department. “Detectives learned that there were no obvious signs of foul play.”

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eSports could be medal event at 2024 Olympics, Paris bid team says

  • Paris bid committee co-president to meet with IOC about competitive gaming
  • In April, it was announced eSports will be medal sport at 2022 Asian Games

eSports could be added to the Olympic programme as an official medal sport in 2024.

Tony Estanguet, co-president of the Paris bid committee, has confirmed that he will speak with the International Olympic Committee and eSports representatives about the full-fledged inclusion of competitive video gaming when the Games come to France in seven years’ time.

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Betty Cuthbert, four-time Olympic gold medallist, dies aged 79

Sprinter won three golds at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and added a fourth eight years later in TokyoAustralian sprinting legend Betty Cuthbert has died aged 79.Cuthbert was a four-time Olympic gold medallist, winning three at the 1956 Melbourne games …

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Bolt’s time finally runs out, but he departs as the greatest champion of all

Injury took its toll and perhaps his last 100m was one too many – a poignant end for a peerless competitor

The roar was not the same. This time around the cacophony of Super Saturday had a sadder, even an angrier note. Five years on from securing his legend at the 2012 Olympics, Usain Bolt had hoped to bow out of the sport he has for so long electrified, with one last trademark burst of unanswerable speed and joy. In the event, his last act as a solo athlete was to take a bronze medal behind his long-time rival, the American Justin Gatlin.

Few athletes know more about time than Bolt. Having chased it down and exploded it into unlikely tenths and hundredths for more than a decade, it finally caught up with him. His sweatshirt coming into the stadium before this final 100m race of a peerless career bore the motto“forever faster”, but his eyes and his manner told a slightly different story. He went through the motions of his pre-race hype routine, striking the poses, but his heart wasn’t quite in it.

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The brilliant Caeleb Dressel doesn’t need to be the next Michael Phelps

The young American sprinter, fresh off a record-tying seven golds at worlds, could be in position to become the face of swimming at the Tokyo Olympics

Caeleb Dressel knew the comparisons were inevitable. The 20-year-old University of Florida student had barely toweled off after capturing his seventh gold medal at last week’s world aquatics championships when he found himself cast as the heir to Michael Phelps as the face of swimming in the United States and, potentially, the world.

Not only had the American sprinter become the first swimmer to win seven golds at a single worlds since Phelps in 2007, Dressel joined Phelps and Mark Spitz as the only swimmers to win seven titles at any long-course international championship.

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LA has signed up but rapacious IOC is running out of conquests | Marina Hyde

The outrageous demands that the International Olympic Committee places on hosts means fewer cities in the democratic world are interested in the Games

There’s a scene in When Harry Met Sally where the two principals run into each other on a plane, some years after their first abrasive encounter. The previously relentlessly cynical Harry tells Sally he’s getting married. She lets out an involuntary peal of laughter. “What’s so funny about that?” he demands. “Well,” titters Sally, “it’s just … it’s just so OPTIMISTIC of you, Harry.”

I confess a similar reaction to the news that Los Angeles have come to a deal with the IOC, to host the 2028 Olympics. For this guarantee – and a cash advance and youth sports investment sweetener – they will stand aside to let Paris run unopposed for the 2024 Games. Congratulations and everything … but it’s just so optimistic of them.

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