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Spring-heeled: concept that could see Usain Bolt rocket to 50mph

Prototype of revolutionary running device being worked on by scientists at US universityA wearable spring-based contraption that attaches to the legs has the potential to boost human running speeds by 50%, according to researchers who hope to build the…

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Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic

Japan’s prime minister and IOC president agree delayFate essentially sealed when Canada and Australia pulled outCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Tokyo Olympics are to be postponed until 2021 after talks between Japan’s pr…

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Why suspending the NBA season was a glorious act of patriotism | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The NBA has led by example and put public health above self-interest, which is more than the Trump administration can sayThose too busy emptying the Costco shelves of hand sanitizer and toilet paper might have missed the news that the National Basketba…

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Sport fans, how is the coronavirus affecting you?

Whether you have lost money on tickets, cancelled travel plans or decided against attending events, we want to hear from youEvery day that passes brings more announcements about sporting events being postponed, cancelled or played in empty stadiums. Sp…

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Sports bodies and TV bosses summoned for coronavirus crisis talks

DCMS officials to discuss plans for staging sporting events without fans if crisis worsensCoronavirus – live updatesSports bodies and broadcasters have been summoned by the government to discuss plans for staging sporting events without fans if the cor…

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Sports bodies and TV bosses summoned for coronavirus crisis talks

DCMS officials to discuss plans for staging sporting events without fans if crisis worsensCoronavirus – live updatesSports bodies and broadcasters have been summoned by the government to discuss plans for staging sporting events without fans if the cor…

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World Indoor Athletics and Chinese Grand Prix at risk over coronavirus outbreak

• Team GB expected to pull out of next month’s championships • F1 race on 19 April in Shanghai at risk, says virus expertThe Chinese Grand Prix has joined the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Nanjing as being under threat unless the coronavirus …

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World Indoor Athletics and Chinese Grand Prix at risk over coronavirus outbreak

• Team GB expected to pull out of next month’s championships • F1 race on 19 April in Shanghai at risk, says virus expertThe Chinese Grand Prix has joined the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Nanjing as being under threat unless the coronavirus …

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World Indoor Athletics and Chinese Grand Prix at risk over coronavirus outbreak

• Team GB expected to pull out of next month’s championships • F1 race on 19 April in Shanghai at risk, says virus expertThe Chinese Grand Prix has joined the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Nanjing as being under threat unless the coronavirus …

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Coronavirus threatens World Indoor Athletics championships in Nanjing

• World Athletics confirms talks with World Health Organization• Asian Athletics Association cancels Hangzhoux championshipsDoubts are growing over whether the World Indoor Athletics championships will be staged in Nanjing in March after China’s leader…

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Can heading a football lead to dementia? The evidence is growing

Concussion can have lifelong consequences and children are particularly at riskThe death in 2002 of the former England and West Bromwich Albion striker Jeff Astle from degenerative brain disease placed the spotlight firmly on the possibility of a link …

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‘I wake up and I’m a baby’: an NFL star’s journey into ayahuasca

The former Jets and Cardinals player says a series of hallucinogenic trips he took as part of a documentary helped him understand himself more deeplyIt was a few hours into his first ayahuasca treatment that Kerry Rhodes vomited a foetus into a bucket …

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Is fair play in running more important than fairness to Caster Semenya as a human? | Gaby Hinsliff

All her life, the South African athlete has been portrayed as a freak. Her case is as much about ethics as about sport or scienceWhen she was a girl, growing up in rural South Africa, the runner Caster Semenya would sometimes face a humiliating ritual …

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‘I had a huge swelling’: why my life as a female cyclist led to vulva surgery

There needs to be serious, urgent research into better saddles for female cyclists, says Hannah Dines, who has endured years of pain and swelling caused by friction as she ridesThe plastic surgeon, in that particularly endearing way of surgeons, was tr…

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Stop talking about testosterone – there’s no such thing as a ‘true sex’ | Katrina Karkazis

Sports bodies want a biological criterion to indicate an athlete’s sex. But it’s mind-bogglingly more complicated than thatDebates are raging again over who should be allowed to compete in women’s sport. Take two recent examples that inflamed the inter…

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Ski president sorry for praising dictators and attacking ‘so-called’ climate change

Gian Franco Kasper said dictators make good event hosts75-year-old once said women shouldn’t ski jumpThe president of the International Ski Federation has apologised after an interview in which he questioned climate change and said he preferred countri…

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Fake moon landings and a flat Earth: why do athletes love conspiracy theories?

Sports stars as varied as Stephen Curry and Andrew Flintoff have flirted with conspiracy theories. But they are guided by very human emotionsWith Christmas Day just gone, it seems fitting that Steph Curry already has something he’d probably like to tak…

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A sub-two-hour marathon is not as fanciful as some might imagine | Sean Ingle

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge finished the Berlin marathon in 2hr 1min 39sec on Sunday but advances in shoe technology, carbohydrate drinks and mindsets may close the gap furtherWhen Eliud Kipchoge woke to a dazzling Monday morning in Berlin he was greeted wi…

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More young footballers dying of heart problems than thought, FA study finds

FA increases number of screenings for youth players after study finds several players died of heart problems not spotted by testsYoung footballers are dying from heart problems at a higher rate than was previously thought, according to doctors who over…

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Transatlantic tales of Morris Minors | Brief letters

Graham Kelly on football psychology | A Minor marriage | Morris Minus | Jeremy Hunt | PuffinsAlthough a respected sports scientist accompanied England manager Bobby Robson to Italia 90, the Football Association was not so attuned then to the psychology…