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Category: Sport politics

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Sport England announces ‘golden reset’ to transform fitness and tackle obesity

Additional £50m of support will be given to help grassrootsReport promises to help those traditionally left behindChildren and the most disadvantaged in society have been put at the heart of a “golden reset” for sport and activity, with Sport England a…

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‘Full steam ahead’: Team GB confident Olympics will go ahead – and with fans

Chef de mission Mark England believes ‘time is on our side’He says organisers are hopeful spectators can fill the stadiums Team GB’s chef de mission for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics has shot down suggestions the Games could be derailed again by Covid-1…

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UK gyms, pools and leisure centres on financial ‘cliff edge’ without support

Balance sheets ‘are being pushed to their limits’, MPs toldSector pleads for same VAT benefits as hospitality industryGyms, pools and leisure centres are facing a “huge cliff edge” and urgently need more government support as the impact of the third lo…

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UK gyms, pools and leisure centres on financial ‘cliff edge’ without support

Balance sheets ‘are being pushed to their limits’, MPs toldSector pleads for same VAT benefits as hospitality industryGyms, pools and leisure centres are facing a “huge cliff edge” and urgently need more government support as the impact of the third lo…

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French government move leaves European club rugby in limbo

French sides advised not to play cross-border matchesSoaring Covid infection rates in Britain prompt actionThe major European club cup competitions are set to be suspended after the French government advised its clubs not to take part in cross-border m…

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IOC seeks Covid vaccines for athletes in second wave so Olympics can go ahead

IOC: athletes do not want to ‘jump queue’ but must get jabsConfidence remains delayed 2020 Games will go ahead in July The International Olympic Committee is working on ways to get athletes the coronavirus jab in the second or third wave so that the To…

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‘Posh sports’ face funding cuts in buildup to Paris 2024 Olympics

UK Sport to cut funding for sailing, equestrianism and rowingBasketball and skateboarding among sports to get extra fundingUK Sport is to cut funding for the next Olympic cycle from more established sports and those played predominantly by competitors …

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RFU: concussion debate will add urgency to global season talks

Bill Sweeney says discussion needed about player workloadAmazon may be interested in next Six Nations TV dealBill Sweeney believes the concussion debate will be a catalyst in talks over a global season designed to harmonise the calendar and stop player…

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Ed Woodward distances Manchester United from European super league idea

Club’s vice-chairman says existing competitions are the focusWoodward denies that Project Big Picture was a ‘power grab’The Manchester United executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, has signalled the club would not take part in any mooted European breaka…

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Ed Woodward distances Manchester United from European super league idea

Club’s vice-chairman says existing competitions are the focusWoodward denies that Project Big Picture was a ‘power grab’The Manchester United executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, has signalled the club would not take part in any mooted European breaka…

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Football needs to catch up and get its house in order over concussion

Sunday’s incident involving Raúl Jiménez and David Luiz was a reminder that other sports have far more sophisticated protocols in placeFor too long football has played tiki-taka with the issue of concussion, rather than tackling it head on. It has been…

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Voting for Rugby World Cup hosts will no longer be secret after rules shake-up

World Rugby changes procedures for host selectionBids for tournaments from 2025-2031 invited from February World Rugby is shaking up the way it decides the hosts for the men’s and women’s World Cups and will no longer make a recommendation to council m…

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Disabled people facing drop-off in activity as well as threat of Covid

Sport England statistics show fall in disabled people exercisingActivity Alliance calls for change in thinking on inclusivityDisabled people face a two-pronged health risk from the Covid-19 pandemic, campaigners have warned, with the immediate danger o…

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Grassroots sport devastated by implications of England’s new lockdown

Gyms, swimming pools and clubs to close from Thursday‘Second period of closure will push many facilities over edge’Grassroots sport has been dealt a devastating blow after the government announced gyms, swimming pools and clubs in England will close fr…

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World Rugby bans trans women from elite women’s game due to injury risks

Body warns ‘ciswomen will be at significant risk of injury’However individual unions will be able to set grassroots policyTrans women will not be permitted to play elite women’s rugby for the foreseeable future because of ‘significant’ safety concerns,…

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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…