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IOC president promises ‘safe’ Olympics despite athletes’ village Covid case

Thomas Bach insists Tokyo Games are ‘secure’Anonymous visitor in 14-day quarantine after positive testThe president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, has urged the Japanese public to welcome the Olympics when it starts on 23 July and…

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Sport science body to track female athletes’ hormonal changes linked to menstruation

English Institute of Sport to roll out saliva tests tracking hormones that may drive fluctuation in women’s performanceHighs and lows are a feature of any athlete’s career, but for some female contestants, these peaks and troughs in performance may com…

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How Emma Raducanu raised the profile of performance anxiety

The 18-year-old’s withdrawal from Wimbledon has focused attention on the pressure stars faceWhen Emma Raducanu quit Wimbledon after suffering breathing difficulties, she said she felt the experience of competing in the championship’s last-16 had “caugh…

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Tokyo to be put under state of emergency for duration of 2020 Olympic Games

Measure increases the likelihood that the Games in Japan will be held without a single spectatorSee all our coronavirus coverageJapan’s government is to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo that will be in force during the Olympics, as the capital bat…

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Surge in Covid-19 cases in Tokyo, less than a month out from Olympics

Fears of a possible fifth week as Tokyo reported 317 infections on Monday and the ninth week-on-week riseA rise in daily cases of the coronavirus in Tokyo has triggered fears of a possible fifth wave of infections, less than a month before the city is …

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‘They’re not treating us as small men’: Team GB women get the right bras

Female Olympic athletes have been fitted with individually designed sports bras to enhance performanceAs Tokyo hopefuls debate the marginal gains afforded by Vaporfly running shoes, Britain’s sportswomen have been keeping another secret weapon close to…

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‘They’re not treating us as small men’: Team GB women get the right bras

Female Olympic athletes have been fitted with individually designed sports bras to enhance performanceAs Tokyo hopefuls debate the marginal gains afforded by Vaporfly running shoes, Britain’s sportswomen have been keeping another secret weapon close to…

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‘The Silicon Valley of turf’: how the UK’s pursuit of the perfect pitch changed football

They used to look like quagmires, ice rinks or dustbowls, depending on the time of year. But as big money entered football, pristine pitches became crucial to the sport’s image – and groundskeepers became starsIt was a big moment for English football t…

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‘I’m a lighter me’: Can Mike Tyson and psychedelics help boxers with brain trauma?

The former heavyweight champion says psychedelics would have helped him with his mental health during his career. Some scientists and companies agreeThe peyote cactus is central to many of the rituals of the indigenous Huichol tribe of Mexico. The brig…

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The Spin | The Essex village cricket club going in to bat against climate crisis

Eight Ash Green have been concerned about their carbon footprint for years. This summer they hope to spread the wordWith 2020 the joint hottest year on record, extreme weather events stoking up and a plethora of bad new stories in he past few weeks – t…

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Football teams retain home advantage with no crowd, study finds

Research carried out during Covid spectator bans suggests support is not a key factor in match resultsWhile football players sweat it out on the field, their supporters in the stadium shout and sing, giving those playing at home an advantage. When Covi…

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Tokyo Olympics: definitely going ahead unless cancelled again?

Billed as a celebration of humankind’s victory over coronavirus, Games could fall foul of pandemic for a second timeThe Olympic rings have been spruced up and are once again overlooking Tokyo Bay. Countdown clocks have been reset, telling passersby the…

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Will Covid-19 sniffing dogs allow fans back into sporting events?

The Miami Heat will employ canines to sniff out the virus among fans attending games. But can dogs be trained in time to work at the Super Bowl?Nearly 100 million people are expected to watch Super Bowl LV in Tampa, the first time the big game has been…

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Australian Open tennis players leave quarantine as those remaining express frustration

Players in ‘hard quarantine’ told they will have to wait extra day to leave their roomsAustralia news live: Covid restrictions in Sydney ease as plans for vaccine rollout detailedAustralian Open tennis players have started to leave hotel quarantine aft…

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Forget winning streaks, it’s the bad times that fuse us together | Adrian Chiles

The latest research into the fans of rival football teams indicates what I’ve long suspected – adversity has a surprisingly powerful bonding effectI once wrote a book that sought to explore exactly what goes on between the ears of football fans. It was…

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Coronavirus sacks New England Patriots again as disruptions mount across NFL

Patriots cancel practice after another positive Covid-19 test Twice-postponed game against Broncos in danger againVirus-related disruptions continue to sweep through NFLThe New England Patriots canceled practice Friday after a member of the organizatio…

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Larger bottoms are key to male sprinting success, study finds

Researches find that athletes with larger gluteus maximus are more likely to be faster sprintersA large gluteus maximus – the muscle that forms the bottom – is key to athletes achieving top speeds on the track, according to a study.After examining the …

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Tokyo Olympics must be held at ‘any cost’, says Japanese minister

Seiko Hashimoto says country is planning for event next year even though a widely available vaccine is unlikelyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Tokyo Olympics must be held “at any cost”, Japan’s Games minister, Seiko Hash…

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Grassroots football gets green light to return to the training ground

Conditions include: no goal celebrations, no shared equipment and clean glovesThe phased return of outdoor competitive grassroots football in England has been confirmed, with amateur and youth clubs allowed to return to proper training immediately, the…

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Valencia criticise Atalanta coach who attended match with Covid-19

Gian Piero Gasperini admits he had symptoms prior to Champions League match in Spain Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Spanish football club Valencia have criticised the coach of Italian team Atalanta for “putting the…