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Category: Olympic Games 2012

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The Dirty Games: how London 2012 became tainted | Andy Bull

It was supposed to be the ‘cleanest ever’ Games, yet more than 100 athletes – and dozens of medallists – cheated the systemSuper Saturday at the London Olympics, and at the ExCeL Centre a crowd of about 6,000 people are in arena three watching a young …

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The Dirty Games: how London 2012 became tainted | Andy Bull

It was supposed to be the ‘cleanest ever’ Games, yet more than 100 athletes – and dozens of medallists – cheated the systemSuper Saturday at the London Olympics, and at the ExCeL Centre a crowd of about 6,000 people are in arena three watching a young …

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Sha’Carri Richardson reportedly out of Olympic 100m after positive cannabis test

American star reportedly tested positive after US Olympic trialsRichardson ran 10.86sec to establish herself as gold contenderAmerican sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson has tested positive for cannabis, sources have told Reuters, and she is unlikely to get…

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Sha’Carri Richardson reportedly out of Olympic 100m after positive cannabis test

American star reportedly tested positive after US Olympic trialsRichardson ran 10.86sec to establish herself as gold contenderAmerican sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson has tested positive for cannabis, sources have told Reuters, and she is unlikely to get…

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UK Athletics set for legal action over July jamboree at London Stadium

Organisers furious as Anniversary Games switched from capitalUKA chief executive says decision trashes London 2012 legacyUK Athletics is planning legal action after being barred from staging the Anniversary Games at the London Stadium in July – with th…

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Olympics ‘gave each Londoner a £900 feelgood factor’

Critics balked at the price tag, but it turns out hosting the 2012 Games paid dividends for the city’s wellbeing The rocketing cost of staging Olympic Games has made it too expensive for many cities to contemplate. In the bidding to host the 2024 Games…

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BBC to broadcast summer of sport nostalgia during coronavirus crisis

Schedule to feature London 2012 opening ceremony and Euro 96Pundits pick top Premier League games for Match of their DayCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageThe BBC is preparing to unleash the power of nostalgia in a bid to he…

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BBC to broadcast summer of sport nostalgia during coronavirus crisis

Schedule to feature London 2012 opening ceremony and Euro 96Pundits pick top Premier League games for Match of their DayCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageThe BBC is preparing to unleash the power of nostalgia in a bid to he…

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USA Swimming urges USOPC to push for one-year delay of Tokyo Olympics

USA Swimming head urges USOPC to push for delay of OlympicsGrowing number of US athletes ask for more decision actionThe head of USA Swimming urged the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee to push for a 12-month postponement of the Tokyo Games, signalin…

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Olympics, World Cups and more: Tom Jenkins’ pictures of the decade

The Guardian and Observer sport photographer picks his favourite images from the thousands he shot during the past 10 yearsThis is a collection of images I have shot during the last decade. I wasn’t selecting them because they were necessarily the bigg…

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Nicola Adams’ glittering boxing career – in pictures

As the double Olympic champion hangs up her gloves over eyesight fears we take a look back at the career of the first woman to win Olympic gold in her sport Continue reading…

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Nicola Adams’ glittering boxing career – in pictures

As the double Olympic champion hangs up her gloves over eyesight fears we take a look back at the career of the first woman to win Olympic gold in her sport Continue reading…

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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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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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‘It’s soulless here’: why West Ham fans are in revolt

When a football club moves from its historic home to a shiny new stadium, it leaves more than memories behind – as West Ham supporters are discovering at the London StadiumIt’s a mild Monday evening in April and 56,795 people, officially at least, have…

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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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London 2017 world championships: how stadium has changed since Olympics

More noise, football branding, better conditions for athletes and the same old lousy food are among the descriptions from those involved in London 2012Chairman of London 2017 bid committee and former chairman of UK Athletics (2007-May 2017) Continue re…

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Russian doping mastermind benefited from London 2012 drugs ‘preview’

• Grigory Rodchenkov was invited to inspect laboratory before Games
• ‘Without this, all Russian doping situation will be collapsed’

The mastermind behind the Russian doping programme has revealed that he was able to corrupt the London 2012 Olympics only because he was invited to Britain by organisers and shown how they planned to catch cheats.

Related: Russian state doped more than 1,000 athletes and corrupted London 2012

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Russian doping mastermind benefited from London 2012 drugs ‘preview’

• Grigory Rodchenkov was invited to inspect laboratory before Games
• ‘Without this, all Russian doping situation will be collapsed’

The mastermind behind the Russian doping programme has revealed that he was able to corrupt the London 2012 Olympics only because he was invited to Britain by organisers and shown how they planned to catch cheats.

Related: Russian state doped more than 1,000 athletes and corrupted London 2012

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