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Diacks’ $55m of suspicious bank transfers linked to Tokyo Olympic bid

French prosecutors investigate Lamine Diack and his sonLamine and Papa Massata Diack jailed for role in Russian dopingMore than $55m was transferred in and out of suspicious bank accounts linked to Lamine Diack, the disgraced former head of global athl…

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Covid spike leads government to pause return of fans to sports stadiums

Supporters very unlikely to be allowed on 1 October as plannedPrime minister pressured to create ‘support package’ for sport The government is set to pause its plans for the partial return of fans to all sports stadiums on 1 October because of the rapi…

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How Lamine Diack’s 16-year reign in charge of IAAF led to a jail term

Diack’s corruption, covering up Russian doping cases for bribes, was discovered after police raided a Paris hotel The unmasking of Lamine Diack as one of the great sinners in the history of sport began with a police raid on All Saints’ Day in 2015. At …

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UK Athletics to cut costs by culling its Diamond League and anti-doping staff

Fears grow for future of London and Gateshead eventsAnti-doping team to be cut from three people to twoUK Athletics is planning to cut all its major events staff responsible for staging prestigious Diamond League meetings and also intends to reduce its…

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Caster Semenya’s Olympic hopes fade as runner loses testosterone rules appeal

Swiss tribunal says Cas ruling ‘cannot be challenged’Double Olympic 800m champion vows to fight onThe double Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya appears to have lost her long-running legal battle against regulations requiring women with high testoster…

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Champions Cup squeezes schedule to kick off week after eight nations

EPRC reveals new 24-team tournament for next seasonLittle rest for international players involved in tight scheduleEuropean Professional Club Rugby officials have revealed the format of a revised 24-team tournament for next season, with two-leg quarter…

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Government must act to stop Covid fallout from killing grassroots sport | Sean Ingle

Coronavirus has left local sport creaking under financial strain and the public’s health is at serious risk if it collapsesIs sport overwhelmingly a force for good? In the days of Boy’s Own and brilliantine the answer would have been an unblinking yes….

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Julie Paterson: ‘It’s not just older ones who have a problem with women”

The WRU’s head of operations and the most influential woman in rugby says the game has changed but there is still work to do Julie Paterson is probably the most influential woman in the world of rugby, sitting on every major board the Welsh Rugby Union…

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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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UK Sport denies win-at-any-cost Olympic mentality after testing revelations

Experimental trial conducted on 91 athletes before London 2012Questions raised about excessive medication in British sportUK Sport has denied seeking to win Olympic medals at any cost following revelations it secretly spent hundreds of thousands of pou…

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World club championship could start in 2022, says European club rugby chief

Simon Halliday claims idea has solid supportPlans still fluid ‘but there is a lot of dialogue going on’Simon Halliday hopes a world club championship will start in 2022 following a groundbreaking World Rugby conference this month that involved delegate…

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Leading athletes write to government for clarity on children’s sport funding

Mo Farah and Hannah Cockroft among those to sign letterPE and sport premium is meant to be ringfenced for schoolsSir Mo Farah, Hannah Cockroft and Manu Tuilagi are among 100 athletes and sporting figures who have written to the government calling for a…

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Rugby’s failure to reach calendar consensus is warning of bleak future | Robert Kitson

Talks will continue regarding the global season but ignorance of mounting problems in the Covid-19 fallout is alarmingNo one could ever accuse rugby union of rushing into big decisions. It is 25 years and counting since the sport was effectively ushere…

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Rugby’s failure to reach calendar consensus is warning of bleak future | Robert Kitson

Talks will continue regarding the global season but ignorance of mounting problems in the Covid-19 fallout is alarmingNo one could ever accuse rugby union of rushing into big decisions. It is 25 years and counting since the sport was effectively ushere…

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Premiership clubs’ row with Rugby Players’ Association escalates

Clubs feel players’ union has ‘sown division and uncertainty’RPA calls argument a sad day in the history of rugby’A fresh war of words over pay cuts in English rugby has erupted, with the Premiership clubs and the players’ union engaged in a furious sl…

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Premiership clubs’ row with Rugby Players’ Association escalates

Clubs feel players’ union has ‘sown division and uncertainty’RPA calls argument a sad day in the history of rugby’A fresh war of words over pay cuts in English rugby has erupted, with the Premiership clubs and the players’ union engaged in a furious sl…

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Rancour in the ranks grows as SPFL heads back to ballot box

The SPFL can expect fierce criticism regarding the controversial vote to abandon the season at Tuesday’s EGMThose immersed in the campaign for an independent Scotland know this movie well. For six years, following defeat in a referendum, they have been…

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Premiership players and clubs face hard choice over waivers on rugby’s return

Players may be forced to sign disclaimers before playingInsurers may not offer adequate level of indemnityPremiership players face having to sign disclaimers before returning to training due to fears clubs and their doctors will not have the necessary …

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What a global rugby season should and shouldn’t look like in the future | Robert Kitson

Bill Beaumont, World Rugby’s chairman, wants the best for his sport but is a safe pair of hands when innovation is neededEvery household in the world is currently playing the same game. Where would you most like to go when all this is over? How does th…

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What a global rugby season should and shouldn’t look like in the future | Robert Kitson

Bill Beaumont, World Rugby’s chairman, wants the best for his sport but is a safe pair of hands when innovation is neededEvery household in the world is currently playing the same game. Where would you most like to go when all this is over? How does th…