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No-deal Brexit could remove Kolpak cricketers from county game, says ECB

• Players’ eligibility affected by UK’s withdrawal from EU• New Kolpak signings impossible in event of no-deal departureKolpak cricketers could be gone from the county game by 2021 in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to updated guidance from th…

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No-deal Brexit could remove Kolpak cricketers from county game, says ECB

• Players’ eligibility affected by UK’s withdrawal from EU• New Kolpak signings impossible in event of no-deal departureKolpak cricketers could be gone from the county game by 2021 in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to updated guidance from th…

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IOC ‘very satisfied’ with Tokyo 2020 preparations, say organisers

• More than 7.5 million people in Japan register for tickets• Concerns remain about heat, cost overruns and accommodationDespite concerns about extreme heat, ballooning costs and accommodation shortages, organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paraly…

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Ireland should bask in Open-driven time in the sun, not English shade at Lord’s | Andy Bull

Portrush has finally hosted the Open but, as Ireland make their Test bow at Lord’s, they must do so as guinea pigs – is it a snub?It’s a wonder the Irish are so well known for their hospitality when you consider the state of some of the people they hav…

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Zimbabwe’s participation in World T20 qualifiers in doubt after ICC suspension

• Zimbabwe suspended over concerns of ‘political interference’• ICC also approve concussion replacements at board meetingZimbabwe’s participation in the upcoming World T20 qualifiers is in doubt after the International Cricket Council (ICC) suspended t…

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IOC investigates allegations of bribery over Rio’s 2016 Olympic bid

• Former state governor accuses nine members of corruption• Sergei Bubka among those named by Sérgio CabralThe International Olympic Committee has promised to investigate startling new allegations that nine of its members – including pole vault legend …

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Breaking news: Street dance moves closer to Olympic debut at Paris 2024

Breaking among four sports Paris looks to add for 2024 programFinal decision on added sports to be made in December 2020Breakdancing, known as breaking in Olympic circles, moved a step closer to the 2024 Olympics on Tuesday, and now organizers can look…

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Lamine Diack to stand trial for money laundering and corruption

• Former IAAF president, 86, charged by French authorities• His son Papa Massata Diack and four others also face trialLamine Diack, the disgraced former IAAF president, has been ordered to stand trial on charges of corruption and money laundering. It f…

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World Rugby scraps plans for Nations Championship due to lack of support

• Project dead after ‘lack of consensus on key issues’• Six Nations unions resistant to idea of promotion and relegationGlobal rugby union is braced for fresh turmoil after the governing body announced it had discontinued plans to introduce a Nations C…

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‘I’m hurt’: Platini says questioning over Qatar World Cup was painful – video

Former Uefa president Michel Platini said he was hurt by questioning from French authorities after he was detained over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Platini, who has never denied voting for the Gulf state in December 2010, was ques…

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Caster Semenya accuses IAAF of using her as a ‘guinea pig experiment’

• IAAF ruled athlete must take medication to control testosterone• Semenya: ‘I will not allow the IAAF to use me and my body again’Caster Semenya has accused athletics’ governing body of using her body “as a human guinea pig experiment” by forcing her …

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Caster Semenya accuses IAAF of using her as a ‘guinea pig experiment’

• IAAF ruled athlete must take medication to control testosterone• Semenya: ‘I will not allow the IAAF to use me and my body again’Caster Semenya has accused athletics’ governing body of using her body “as a human guinea pig experiment” by forcing her …

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Nations Championship proposals face World Rugby deadline of Friday

• Governing body needs unanimous support of 10 major unions• France omit Mathieu Bastareaud from World Cup preparationsLeading rugby nations face a deadline of Friday to back or reject World Rugby’s Nations Championship plan.The governing body has conf…

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‘I’ll never take drugs’: Caster Semenya tells IAAF to focus on dopers ‘not us’ – video

Caster Semenya has urged athletic’s governing body to drop its pursuit of female runners with high testosterone levels and instead focus on catching dope cheats. Speaking after winning a 2000m race on the outskirts of Paris, the South African made…

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British Olympians call for IOC to shelve ‘unfair’ transgender guidelines

• Survey of 15 female athletes finds frustration over current policy• Group in favour of suspension of rules pending further researchThe International Olympic Committee’s guidelines for transgender athletes are unfair on female athletes and should be s…

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Caster Semenya free to run 800m with no medication as Swiss court floors IAAF

• Swiss court tells IAAF to suspend testosterone regulations• Olympic champion can compete without medication to 25 JuneCaster Semenya is once again free to run the 800m without having to take medication – at least for the time being – after the Swiss …

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Pressure mounts on IAAF as criticism of Caster Semenya ruling grows

• Women’s sport organisations say rules are ‘discriminatory’• Semenya to appeal against testosterone limit for female athletesThree global organisations that promote women’s sport have written to athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, to say its rules fo…

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‘The IAAF will not drug me or stop me being who I am’: Semenya appeals against Cas ruling

• South African files appeal to Swiss supreme court• ‘I am a woman and I am a world-class athlete’Caster Semenya has filed an appeal to the federal supreme court of Switzerland challenging the recent ruling against her by the court of arbitration for s…

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Paris Saint-Germain president faces corruption inquiry

Nasser al-Khelaifi suspected of paying $3.5m to IAAF chief to help Qatar land world eventThe president of Paris Saint-Germain football club, Nasser al-Khelaifi, has been placed under investigation for suspected corruption, a French judicial official sa…

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Athletics South Africa to appeal against Caster Semenya ruling

South African sports ministry confirm challenge to rulingClaim made two of three judges in case were ‘conflicted’South Africa’s track federation will appeal against the recent Caster Semenya ruling, the country’s sports ministry has confirmed.The gover…