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Category: Olympic Games 2016

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Mo Farah backs ban on Russian athletes – video

Olympic champion Mo Farah gives his response to the ban on Russia for doping. Farah says on Friday he only wants to run against ‘clean athletes’. The Court of Arbitration for Sport decided on Thursday to reject Russia’s appeal against its ban from Rio Olympics athletics

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Mariya Kuchina leads Russian athletes’ lament over Cas Olympics decision

• High jump champion describes ‘disappointment’ and ‘incomprehension’
• Discus thrower Gleb Sidorchenko says ‘whole generation could disappear’

The scene was idyllic at the Russian track and field championships in this leafy Moscow suburb on Thursday as young hopefuls and world champions competed in the sun.

Related: Cas upholds Rio Olympics ban on 68 Russian athletes

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IOC must decide which way to jump over Russia at the Olympics | Owen Gibson

Vast database of damning evidence should help root out more offenders but new global anti-doping system is needed after Rio Games

It was one of those vignettes that, even at the time, was clearly worth filing away for future reference. As Thomas Bach exited the hall of the Buenos Aires Hilton after realising his long-held ambition and securing the presidency of the International Olympic Committee in 2013, a phone was thrust into his hand amid the scrum. On the other end of the line was Vladimir Putin, the first to offer his congratulations to the man who was now among the most powerful in sport.

Less than a year later, the German was shoulder to shoulder with Putin to hail the “excellent Games” in Sochi, a $51bn show of excess and Russian success that as we now know was underpinned by an elaborate doping scam taking in steroid cocktails nicknamed Duchess, secret agents disguised as sewer workers, fake walls and a mouse hole through which dirty samples were swapped for clean ones.

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Anti-doping agencies urge IOC to suspend Russian team from Olympics

• 14 national organisations write letter calling for sanctions
• Russians could be allowed to compete in Rio under a neutral flag

The International Olympic Committee received an urgent letter from more than a dozen national anti-doping organisations on Wednesday night urging it to immediately suspend the Russian Olympic Committee and provisionally ban all Russian athletes from the Rio Olympics.

The letter, seen by the Guardian and addressed directly to IOC president Thomas Bach, warned him that he needed to fulfil his obligation to take the toughest possible sanctions against “institutionalised, government-run doping and abuse of athletes” to ensure the integrity of the Olympic Games.

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Russia’s Olympic hopefuls are not hopeful of getting green light from Cas

• Viktoria Komova, Russian gymnast: ‘We’re worried but it is not up to us’
• Hammer thrower Sergei Litvinov: ‘There’s nothing to be happy about’

Rain was in the forecast as the Russian track and field championships began outside Moscow on Wednesday, but that was not the only cloud hanging over competitors. On Thursday, the court of arbitration for sport will decide whether to allow 68 Russian track and field athletes to participate in the Rio Olympics after findings of widespread performance-enhancing drug use.

“Of course it was sad, it has been the whole year,” said Sergei Litvinov, who won the hammer throw at the championships on Wednesday. “The youth are OK, they don’t really feel it, it’s the older ones and the rest of team that understand what’s going on. There’s nothing to be happy about.”

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‘I’m having a blast’: USA rugby sevens star Perry Baker flies to Rio Olympics

Named in the US men’s sevens squad for the Games, the former wide receiver says the Eagles, Nate Ebner among them, can bring home gold from Brazil

At 11.01pm on Friday, 12 men were informed of their selection to represent the USA in rugby sevens at the Rio Olympics. Perry Baker, the lanky “Speed Stick” from Daytona Beach, Florida, was among them.

Related: NFL player Nate Ebner selected for US Olympic rugby sevens squad

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Dick Pound believes IOC reluctant to ban entire Russia team from Olympics

• Pound: ‘You’ve got to send a message that will deter doping’
• IOC member Pound sure doping is going on in other countries

Dick Pound, the International Olympic Committee member whose report into Russia doping led to the country’s track and field athletes being banned last year, has broken ranks to suggest he believes the IOC is “very reluctant” to ban the entire Russia team from the Rio Games.

The IOC has decided against a quick decision over whether to exclude Russia from Rio while it waits for legal advice over whether a ban would be enforceable as well as Thursday’s ruling from the court of arbitration for sport, which is separately considering whether 68 Russian track and field stars should be allowed to compete in Rio.

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Australian Rohan Dennis pulls out of Tour de France to focus on Olympics

  • Dennis joins Mark Cavendish in withdrawing with Rio Games on horizon
  • Time trial specialist’s Olympic preparations now ‘best done at home’

Australian Rohan Dennis has joined British cycling star Mark Cavendish in leaving the Tour de France early ahead of the Olympics. Like Cavendish, Dennis has decided it will not help his Rio preparations by staying on the Tour until Sunday’s final stage in Paris.

Cavendish is aiming for the omnium on the track at the Games, while Dennis will be a medal contender in the road time trial and will also provide support for compatriot and BMC team-mate Richie Porte in the Olympics road race.

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Russia’s Olympic crisis lays bare a prevailing political apathy in sport | Gideon Haigh

That Russia’s participation could only be threatened by doping transgressions ignores what might be the least politically appealing Games in a generation

It’s hard work for a country to get turfed out of the Olympics. You must seriously dedicate yourself to the task.

It’s not enough to have a brutal, devious autocracy that flagrantly intimidates its domestic critics and is author of miseries all over the world. It’s not even enough to dope your athletes until they virtually glow in the dark.

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After McLaren report, why does Russia still have World Cup? | Sean Ingle

The IOC does not trust Russia to host any sporting event placing Fifa under more pressure ahead of the 2018 tournament

At least one thing became clear on Tuesday as the International Olympic Committee placed Russia’s athletes in a holding pattern high above Rio: it does not want – or trust – Russia to host any major international sporting events.

In a sometimes punchy statement that nevertheless lacked the knockout blow of a complete Olympic ban it warned: “The IOC will not organise or give patronage to any sports event or meeting in Russia. This includes plans for the European Games 2019 organised by the European Olympic Committees.”

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Russia and the Olympics: why the IOC’s love of inclusion must be sacrificed

Having nailed its colours to the mast of anti-doping, the IOC simply must exclude the Russian Olympic Committee and its athletes from the Rio Games

When an organisation aspires to stage a festival of universal humanity through sport it really matters that everyone is there. The boycotts of the late cold war era not only made for lopsided competition but displayed the painfully obvious truth that Olympian internationalism was a sham. Not surprisingly the International Olympic Committee has been loth to exclude athletes or nations from the Games.

Of course, in the era of amateurism key individual athletes who were deemed to be professionals – usually the most visible, successful and critical of the status quo – were summarily excluded from the Games: such as the Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi in 1932 and the Austrian skier Karl Schranz in 1972. However, given that the Olympic movement had entirely colluded with the fiction of communist athletic amateurism in the East and was unable to police the surging commercialisation of sport in the West, these exclusions can be considered sanctimonious outbursts of pique rather than policy.

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Team GB rugby sevens captains on playing at the 2016 Rio Olympics – video

The Team GB rugby sevens captains Tom Mitchell and Emily Scarratt talk about leading their squads at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. In London, the British Olympic Association announced the names of the 24 men and women who are set to compete in the sevens a…

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Russian doping: IOC delays decision on possible blanket ban for Rio Olympics

• IOC seeks legal advice over blanket ban versus athletes’ rights to justice
• McLaren report had revealed extent of Russian cover-up

The International Olympic Committee has delayed a decision on whether to ban all Russian athletes for next month’s Rio Olympics but has announced a raft of interim measures following Monday’s report into the country’s state-sponsored doping programme.

Related: Vladimir Putin warns of Olympic ‘schism’ after Russian doping revealed

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Why US women are likely to outperform the men again at the Olympics

The Americans are favorites in most team sports, and the gymnasts are as strong as ever. But staying ahead of the rest of the world remains a challenge

“The Year of the Woman,” the headlines proclaimed throughout the 2012 Olympics. Globally, participation was up to 44.3% of the total athletes at the Games, and several countries that had previously balked at sending women finally did so.

Related: USWNT’s stellar roster shows why they go to Olympics as favorites

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Russia may be banned from Rio Olympics over state-sponsored doping

• Richard McLaren’s report shows hundreds of positive drug tests were hidden
• IOC president says findings are ‘unprecedented attack on integrity of sports’

Russia could be banned from competing at the Rio Olympics after a damning report lifted the lid on a state-sponsored doping cover-up involving Vladimir Putin’s righthand man, the Russian intelligence services and top sports officials.

The International Olympic Committee’s executive board will discuss the results of the report by the Canadian law professor Richard McLaren in a teleconference on Tuesday.

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Andy Murray misses Rogers Cup to rest up before Olympic title defence

• Murray pulls out of Toronto event to recover following Wimbledon triumph
• Olympic tennis tournament in Rio takes place from 6-14 August

Andy Murray has pulled out of the Rogers Cup in Toronto next week so he can give his body time to rest before he sets out on the defence of his Olympic singles title at the Rio Games.

The two-times Wimbledon champion won his third Rogers Cup title last year in Montreal but said that after reaching the final in each of his past five events that he needed to take some time off.

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Rio 2016’s record-breaking haul: 42 condoms per athlete

The number of condoms provided to athletes suggests that the Olympic Village’s reputation as a hotbed of sexual activity is well-earned. Is that really the case?

Seventeen days, 10,500 athletes, 33 venues, and 450,000 condoms. That’s how many camisinhas (little shirts in Brazilian slang) are being supplied by the International Olympics Committee for the 2016 Rio Summer Games. Forty-two per athlete, to be specific, which, even by Olympic standards, is a hell of a lot.

Related: Australian Olympians to be given Zika virus-proof condoms at Rio Games

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NFL player Nate Ebner selected for US Olympic rugby sevens squad

  • Men’s and women’s squads for Rio Games named
  • Patriots special teams player and Saracens’ Chris Wyles will go to Brazil

The New England Patriots special teams player Nate Ebner will play rugby at the Rio Olympics next month, having earned selection to the USA men’s sevens squad named on Monday morning.

Related: Olympic rugby sevens: ‘A phenomenal game that the world is going to see’ | Matt Cleary

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‘Olympics for whom?’: Rio state workers struggle ahead of 2016 Games – video

On the eve of the 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro state employees and outsourced workers are struggling with the consequences of a severe financial crisis. While Rio has declared a ‘state of public calamity’, workers say they are left with few reasons to celebrate the games and many doubts about what will happen after the international party ends

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Cameron McEvoy puts Olympic record bid on hold to focus on team events

  • Australian medal prospect wants to remain fresh for other races
  • ‘I’m only human … I do have my limitations,’ he says

Cameron McEvoy has sacrificed his own personal pursuit of Olympic history for the greater good, the Australian swimmer announcing he will not race the 200m individual freestyle in a bid to remain fresher for the relays.

McEvoy’s decision to pull out of the race means he will be unable to become the first Australian in history to win six medals at a single Games. His hopes of a record-equalling five medals now rest with the three relays, the 50m and 100m individual freestyle races.

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