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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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The incredible story of Pita Taufatofua, Tonga’s shirtless Olympic flag bearer

Years of pain and crushing disappointment have not dissuaded the Instagram sensation from becoming an Olympian in two sports – and he’s about to announce a thirdWhen Pita Taufatofua began the walk towards the stadium at the 2016 Rio Olympics opening ce…

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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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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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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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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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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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Ryan Lochte cleared of criminal false robbery report charge in Rio incident

Appellate court in Brazil dismisses criminal case against US swimmerLochte had been charged with falsely reporting a crime to authoritiesRyan Lochte has been cleared of falsely communicating a crime to authorities for his role in vandalizing a gas stat…

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Olympic marathon gold medal winner Sumgong tests positive for EPO

• IAAF confirms positive ‘no-notice’ test for Rio 2016 marathon winner
• Kenyan became first from her country to win gold in the event

Jemima Sumgong, who last year became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic gold in the marathon, tested positive for the banned blood-booster EPO in an out-of-competition test carried out by the IAAF in February, the sport’s governing body said on Thursday.

“The IAAF can confirm that an anti-doping rule violation case concerning Jemima Sumgong has commenced this week,” the IAAF said in a statement.

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Joanna Rowsell Shand’s retirement leaves void in GB medal factory

• Double Olympic cycling champion calls it a day aged 28
• Team pursuiter began in 2004 and became mainstay of squad

In normal times the retirement of Joanna Rowsell Shand, the mainstay of the Great Britain women’s team pursuit squad for nine seasons, would no more than raise an eyebrow. But in the middle of a crisis at British Cycling, and coming as it does after Laura Trott’s announcement she has taken a break in order to have a baby, Rowsell Shand’s departure simply heightens the sense the “medal factory” is in a state of flux far beyond what would be expected in most post-Olympic years.

Rowsell Shand was full in her praise for the Olympic cycling system in her retirement statement on Tuesday . “I want to thank the amazing team at British Cycling; from the world‑class team behind the team who work tirelessly to ensure we have the best preparation for events, to the very first youth coaches who talent‑spotted me back when I was 15. I couldn’t have done it without you.”

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Joanna Rowsell Shand’s retirement leaves void in GB medal factory

• Double Olympic cycling champion calls it a day aged 28
• Team pursuiter began in 2004 and became mainstay of squad

In normal times the retirement of Joanna Rowsell Shand, the mainstay of the Great Britain women’s team pursuit squad for nine seasons, would no more than raise an eyebrow. But in the middle of a crisis at British Cycling, and coming as it does after Laura Trott’s announcement she has taken a break in order to have a baby, Rowsell Shand’s departure simply heightens the sense the “medal factory” is in a state of flux far beyond what would be expected in most post-Olympic years.

Rowsell Shand was full in her praise for the Olympic cycling system in her retirement statement on Tuesday . “I want to thank the amazing team at British Cycling; from the world‑class team behind the team who work tirelessly to ensure we have the best preparation for events, to the very first youth coaches who talent‑spotted me back when I was 15. I couldn’t have done it without you.”

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Rio Olympic venues already falling into a state of disrepair

  • Six months on from Games, key venues lay empty in Rio de Janeiro
  • Maracana Stadium looted and damaged, golf course closed down

Just six months on from the 2016 Games, a number of Rio’s major Olympic venues have fallen into a state of disrepair. Since the closing ceremony in late August, the Maracana Stadium has been looted, the key Games precinct has been shut down and so has the city’s Olympic golf course.

The most alarming visual deterioration can be seen at the Maracana, where worms have damaged the now-threadbare playing surface, windows inside the stadium have been smashed, copper wire stolen from walls and ceilings, and a reported 10% of the 78,000 seats have been torn up. Late in January local electric utility company Light cut off power to the stadium in response to unpaid bills, claimed to be in the region of three million reals (USD$940,000).

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The alternative 2016 sports awards: the year’s best quotes, gaffes and meltdowns

Forget the medal tables: it was another big year for sporting soap opera. The quotes, the rows and the capybaras that made the past 12 months special

Cristiano Ronaldo – won a fourth Ballon d’Or, launched a range of CR7 blankets, tossed a microphone into a lake, inspired a tantrum meme, and hosted the era’s defining football press conference, with the press banned from asking questions. He denied it was his idea to have all the questions posed by a Uefa media officer instead: “I decide nothing.” He also appeared to spit out a magic fully-formed Euro 2016 TV graphic during Portugal’s quarter-final. Flawless.

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Australia’s sporting year in review – fairytales, flops and fiascos of 2016

A trio of rags-to-riches stories did their best to mask an underwhelming year for Australian sport on the international stage

If there remains a stoical band of Australians who believe in the inherent superiority of Athleticus australis, 2016 must surely have given them pause. Seldom have so many Australian athletes given so much for such little return.

We’ll get to the woes of Australia’s First XI and the Wallabies soon enough, but the new world order – which looks remarkably like the old one, when you put aside the halcyon years of the 1990s and early 2000s – was most starkly illustrated at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, when Australia’s 421-strong team won 29 medals, eight of them gold.

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Australia’s sporting year in review – fairytales, flops and fiascos of 2016

A trio of rags-to-riches stories did their best to mask an underwhelming year for Australian sport on the international stage

If there remains a stoical band of Australians who believe in the inherent superiority of Athleticus australis, 2016 must surely have given them pause. Seldom have so many Australian athletes given so much for such little return.

We’ll get to the woes of Australia’s First XI and the Wallabies soon enough, but the new world order – which looks remarkably like the old one, when you put aside the halcyon years of the 1990s and early 2000s – was most starkly illustrated at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, when Australia’s 421-strong team won 29 medals, eight of them gold.

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A 2016 football moment to remember: Brazil finally win Olympic gold | Barry Glendenning

After several visits to the Games podium but none to the top level of it, Brazil’s young footballers finally managed it in Rio last summer – and it had to be Neymar

With its epicentre at the Maracanã, the guttural roar of release that greeted Brazil’s opener rolled out in all directions across Rio de Janeiro and beyond, making quite the mockery of folk who sniffily claim that, in the cosmic scheme of things, the Olympic men’s football tournament is rather trifling and inconsequential. They are, of course, entitled to their wrong opinion but at 5.57pm on 20 August it became abundantly clear that for the people of Rio nothing mattered more.

Despite having been sent out to the countryside to cover golf, I figured that with a fair wind I could make the stadium in time for the football final unless everything went hideously wrong. My planning had been meticulous: imagine a strung-out Henry Hill in Goodfellas trying to fit in the preparation of his ziti with meat gravy around the unloading of the guns Jimmy didn’t want while organising the package for Lois to take to Pittsburgh. That was me.

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The 2016 Rusties: Guardian Australia’s alternative sporting awards

Who won the the Todd Carney cup for bad publicity? How about the Mile Jedinak golden microphone for unfortunate gaffes? And then there’s Warnie … Your host Russell Jackson hands out the prizes

It was a bumper year of on-field and off-field misbehaviour in the NRL, with incidents including but not limited to a player being knocked out with a fire poker at a charity party (admit it, nobody had that on their NRL player behaviour bingo card), a positive cocaine test, fraud squad raids, match-fixing allegations, coin toss deceit (where will it end?), the Corey Norman/MDMA/muscle relaxant/Star Casino quadrella (we’re actually leaving out a few items there, too), and Junior Paulo disguising himself as a third-grade player, which we thought was great fun.

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Lions tour is jewel in crown but rugby union approaches 2017 at crossroads | Robert Kitson

The trip to New Zealand, despite the schedule, can restore faith and the Six Nations is shaping up nicely but with the professional era now more than 20 years old, the sport’s administrators must show conviction in the next 12 months

The most pertinent rugby quote of 2016, inevitably, came from Eddie Jones. “There’s only pressure when you don’t know what you’re doing,” murmured England’s head coach shortly before guiding his adopted country to their 13th Test victory of a perfect calendar year. As a short, sharp Twitter-friendly summation of how and why the Australian guru has turned English fortunes around, it was inch-perfect.

What would England’s national cricket and football teams do for a milligram of Jones’s self-assurance right now? Maybe the government should give him a call: who better to negotiate a workable Brexit deal from a standing start? It is easy enough, too, to imagine him discussing the art of influential leadership with the US president-elect. “Trumpy, mate, come over to Twickenham and I’ll show you how it’s done.” The tide of global history could be turned for ever.

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Rio 2016: amid the politics Olympics were a kaleidoscopic fortnight of sport | Andy Bull

From Usain Bolt’s golden triumphs to a green pool and Michael Phelps’s herculean achievements, the Games were swept along by a crazy rhythm in Rio

On the seventh day of the Games, it seemed, for a brief, bewildering moment, as though a bomb had gone off in the Olympic Park. A thunderclap sounded around the aquatics stadium and echoed across the food court. No one fled. Instead everyone sped towards the scene. It turned out that Brazilian police had detonated a discarded rucksack – they later explained that it had contained a jacket and a pair of socks – and then opened the gates to the basketball arena, where Spain were about to play Nigeria. All those running people were just in a rush to take their seats. Otherwise, no one blinked because it was the third similar incident in a week. There had been another detonation during the men’s cycling road race and a third outside the Maracanã. That familiar phrase, “controlled explosion”, seems now to sum up the Rio Olympics.

Related: Simone Biles the bandleader of a US quintet that might never be bettered | Bryan Armen Graham

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Chloe Esposito interview: ‘Everything around me has changed’ | Mike Hytner

Australia’s Olympic gold medal-winning modern pentathlon star talks to Mike Hytner about her extraordinary 2016. And why, despite not having not yet found a sponsor, she’s determined not to lose focus

It seems barely conceivable, given her meteoric rise into the Australian public’s consciousness but, as Chloe Esposito reflects on the whirlwind that has been her life since winning gold for Australia at the Olympic Games, the modern pentathlete admits to a large hole in an otherwise tremendously fulfilling 2016.

“At the moment I don’t have a sponsor,” she tells Guardian Australia, far away from the spotlight of Rio, back at her family home in the western Sydney suburb of Casula. “I’ve had a whole bunch of people coming to me saying they wanted to do something but nothing has gone through just yet. I don’t know why.”

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