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Russia’s Paralympic doping ban lifted after IPC praises ‘significant reforms’

• Governing body says 69 of 70 reinstatement criteria met• Russia has still not officially responded to McLaren reportRussia will rejoin the Paralympics community next month after the International Paralympic Committee decide to lift a suspension impos…

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Surfing and skateboarding receive huge Olympic boost from UK Sport

• Softball and goalball are others to gain from ‘aspirational fund’• Mims Davies lauds chance for athletes to shine at Tokyo 2020Britain’s surfers, skateboarders and softball players are to receive official funding for the first time to help them quali…

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‘Catastrophe for clean sport’: British athletes oppose Russia’s return

• Letter sent to Wada signed by top Olympic and Paralympic stars• Russia’s potential reinstatement to be discussed next weekBritish athletes have sent an unprecedented letter to the World Anti-Doping Agency warning that it will be a “catastrophe for cl…

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Kare Adenegan finds ambition and sacrifice is a winning combination

Record-breaking 17-year-old British Paralympian is making great strides in her charge towards gold at Tokyo 2020The custom-built £4,000 racing wheelchair that transported Kare Adenegan to a world record in London earlier this month has been accord…

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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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Winter Paralympics 2018 opening ceremony – in pictures

Athletes and performers put on a vivid display at the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, South KoreaParalympics 2018: 10 potential highlights at the Winter Games Continue reading…

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‘They’ll think I’m a traitor’: North Korean defector makes Winter Paralympics debut

South Korea para ice hockey star Choi Kwang-hyouk expects awkward meeting with former compatriots as Pyongyang sends first Winter Games athletesChoi Kwang-hyouk has been unable to escape his past, and every new encounter conjures the same images from h…

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‘They’ll think I’m a traitor’: North Korean defector makes Winter Paralympics debut

South Korea para ice hockey star Choi Kwang-hyouk expects awkward meeting with former compatriots as Pyongyang sends first Winter Games athletesChoi Kwang-hyouk has been unable to escape his past, and every new encounter conjures the same images from h…

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Jonnie Peacock: ‘My most embarrassing moment? Stepping out in front of millions in glitter’

The Paralympian on being late, changing perceptions and the things life teaches youBorn in Cambridge, Peacock, 24, had meningitis when he was five. As a result, his right leg was amputated below the knee. After training as a sprinter for four years, he…

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British para-snowboarder accuses governing body of disability and sex discrimination

• Cassie Cava had funding cut while in psychiatric hospital• ‘I was pushed to suicidal feelings and given no support’An independent investigation has been launched after a British para-snowboarding athlete, who had her UK Sport funding cut while she wa…

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Suspected Russian hoaxers target former IPC head Philip Craven

• Recordings of Craven’s voice used in calls to high-profile figures• German journalists Hajo Seppelt raises alarm after phone contactThe former head of the International Paralympic Committee suspects he was targeted by Russian hoaxers for the second t…

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Second Paralympian says she was stopped from racing Tanni Grey-Thompson

Tracy Lewis says she was not selected to race in 1996 Paralympics after ‘highly unethical’ selection process A second Paralympic athlete has told MPs she was denied the chance to race when she was a direct rival to Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.In writt…

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Para scandal: calla doctor or British cheats will continue to prosper | Sean Ingle

Classification scandal gripping British Para-sport is a consequence of its medal-based funding systemNot so long ago the gloriously grumpy playwright and national treasure Alan Bennett was asked what England excelled at the most. Hypocrisy, he replied,…

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Taped limbs, Valium and cold showers: Paralympic ‘cheating’ claims mount

• Athletes have drugged themselves and rolled in snow says former IPC expert• IPC insists system is ‘robust’ as allegations mount of intentional misleadingA former classification expert for the International Paralympic Committee has lifted the lid on a…

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Taped limbs, Valium and cold showers: Paralympic ‘cheating’ claims mount

• Athletes have drugged themselves and rolled in snow says former IPC expert• IPC insists system is ‘robust’ as allegations mount of intentional misleadingA former classification expert for the International Paralympic Committee has lifted the lid on a…

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‘Not fit for purpose’: MPs hear claims of cheating in Paralympic sport

Those involved with sport tell of athletes allegedly cheating classification system in written submissions to committee inquiryAthletes, coaches, parents and officials have shed new light on the depth of their concerns about cheating in Paralympic spor…

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The Para-athletics rules work against me, but I’m in favour of them. Here’s why | Hannah Dines

The classification system for Paralympic athletes is always being refined, and is as scientific as it can be. It’s not fair to cast aspersions on individualsAll Hallows Eve is a fitting day to find skeletons in the Paralympic classification cupboard. T…

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Classification controversy marks terrible coming of age for Paralympic sport

The growth of Paralympic sport into an elite and lucrative competition means allegations of corruption and foul play have also increasedA couple of decades ago very few people paid attention to Paralympic sport. It was patronisingly considered by some …

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GB para-swimming coach left police after ‘mocking disabled person’

• Rob Greenwood alleged to have made jokes at takeaway restaurant• He was working for Lancashire police in 2002The coach who is at the centre of the Paralympic swimming bullying scandal resigned from a previous job with the police after it was alleged …

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Para-swimmers bullied and verbally abused in coach’s ‘climate of fear’

• British Swimming takes rare step of apologising
• UK sport looking at independent report which spoke to 13 athletes

The duty of care scandal engulfing Olympic and Paralympic sport has plunged to a new low as British Swimming admitted disabled swimmers, including vulnerable teenagers, were subjected to a “climate of fear” while training for Rio 2016.

The former head coach of British Para-Swimming, Rob Greenwood, has left his post and the governing body took the rare step of publicly apologising to athletes he was found to have verbally abused and used discriminatory language about, as well as their families.

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