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‘The Kremlin wants me dead’: Russia’s sports doping whistleblower speaks out

Grigory Rodchenkov was head of Russia’s ‘anti-doping’ centre but, in 2015, he fled to the US. He talks to the Observer’s former Moscow correspondent about the lies, the truth and life on the runThe man in front of me is wearing a disguise. We are talki…

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Russian bid to host 2027 Rugby World Cup gets backing of Vladimir Putin

RRF prepares application to host tournamentAustralia favourite to win bidding processThe Russian Rugby Federation has confirmed the country is preparing an application to host the 2027 World Cup and that president Vladimir Putin is backing the bid.Russ…

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Russian bid to host 2027 Rugby World Cup gets backing of Vladimir Putin

RRF prepares application to host tournamentAustralia favourite to win bidding processThe Russian Rugby Federation has confirmed the country is preparing an application to host the 2027 World Cup and that president Vladimir Putin is backing the bid.Russ…

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World Athletics puts brakes on Russia return after $5m fine goes unpaid

Prospect of blanket ban on all Russian athletes increasesCoe warns Russia has fallen ‘well short of expectations’The prospect of a blanket ban on all Russian track and field athletes has increased after World Athletics froze the process allowing them t…

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My favourite game: Panini pest Zoltan Peter comes unstuck against USSR | Paul Doyle

Before the 1986 World Cup my brother and I had nearly 100 stickers of the Hungarian and we wanted him to lose, badlyBefore the internet ruined the World Cup there was wonder in ignorance. You could look forward to discovering great players and teams ab…

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Garry Kasparov to take part in online Nations Cup chess tournament

Six teams of four players will compete for the prizeFast-rising Alireza Firouzja also among those taking partThe former world champion Garry Kasparov will be among the competitors in an online Nations Cup, a new chess competition featuring six teams of…

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Lokomotiv Moscow player dies aged 22 after falling ill in home training session

Innokenty Samokhvalov suffers suspected heart failureDefender had been training on his own during quarantineLokomotiv Moscow have said that their player, Innokenty Samokhvalov, has died aged 22 after suffering suspected heart failure during a solo trai…

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Russian Athletics Federation fined $10m for breaching anti-doping rules

World Athletics imposes unprecedented financial penaltyTen Russians will be allowed to compete as neutrals at OlympicsThe Russian Athletics Federation has been hit with an unprecedented $10m fine for repeatedly breaching anti-doping rules. World Athlet…

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Claims of Russian doping deal as trial begins of former IAAF president Diack

Offer to delay sanctions against 23 athletes, say prosecutorsDiack denies allegations to be made as trial begins in Paris Lamine Diack, the former president of the governing body of world athletics, offered a deal to delay doping sanctions against 23 R…

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Shock among Russian athletes over Wada four-year global ban for doping

Svetlana Romashina, the five-time Olympic champion, says the ban is a ‘blow to the reputation of clean athletes’The five-times Olympic gold medallist Svetlana Romashina was in the pool when she received the news that Russia had been slapped with a four…

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Vladimir Putin signals Russia will appeal against four-year Wada ban

• Russian president indicates there are ‘reasons to appeal’• Country has 21 days to respond to proposed sanctionsRussian president Vladimir Putin has said his country have ’reason to appeal’ against the four-year ban imposed by the World Anti-Doping Ag…

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Wada acts on Russian doping but has it gone far enough?

Caveats and compromises in the small print mean there is a good chance Russian athletes and footballers will appear at the 2020 Olympics and the 2022 World CupIt makes for an alluring headline: Russia finally banned from international sport for four ye…

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Wada acts on Russian doping but has it gone far enough?

Caveats and compromises in the small print mean there is a good chance Russian athletes and footballers will appear at the 2020 Olympics and the 2022 World CupIt makes for an alluring headline: Russia finally banned from international sport for four ye…

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Russian PM labels doping ban ‘anti-Russian hysteria’ – video

Russia’s prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has called the decision by the World Anti Doping Agency (Wada) to ban Russia for four years ‘anti-Russian hysteria’. The decision made on Monday will see Russia banned from competing at the Tokyo Olympics and the…

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Euro 2020 draw: team-by-team guide to the 20 qualified nations

All you need to know about the teams entering the draw on Saturday for next summer’s European Championship finals Continue reading…

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Euro 2020 draw: team-by-team guide to the 20 qualified nations

All you need to know about the teams entering the draw on Saturday for next summer’s European Championship finals Continue reading…

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Chelsea are back in fashion – but Roman Abramovich is out in the cold

Special report: A young, resurgent side are delighting fans but the club’s billionaire owner is feeling the chill after years of being welcomed by the British establishmentIn the final minutes of Chelsea’s crisp win over Crystal Palace in their last ho…

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Euro 2020 qualifier roundup: Wijnaldum hat-trick sparks Netherlands rout

• Netherlands beat Estonia 5-0 in Group C• Benteke and De Bruyne give Belgium 6-1 win over CyprusGeorginio Wijnaldum struck a hat-trick as the Netherlands, who had already booked a spot at Euro 2020, eased to a 5-0 victory over Estonia in their final G…

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Russia could be banned from Olympics and Euro 2020 over drug anomalies

• Wada expected to recommend Russia be found ‘non-compliant’• Data relates to period from 2012 to 2015Russia could be banned from next year’s Olympic Games and the European Championship in football after the World Anti-Doping Agency was expected to rec…

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Emails about Russia’s 2018 World Cup bid appear to be for sale online

Anonymous Telegram account indicates emails for sale after reports emerge of dossier on how to bribe Fifa officialsAn anonymously run Telegram account has indicated that it wants to sell a tranche of emails relating to Russia’s 2018 World Cup bid, afte…