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Champions Cup pulled into firing line in Premiership ring-fencing wrangle

• Ring-fencing of Premiership expected from 2020-21 season• Premiership clubs do not want to expand beyond 12-team leagueDownsizing the European Champions Cup has been proposed as a way to protect player welfare if the Premiership is ring-fenced with m…

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Sebastian Coe accused of misleading inquiry into Russian doping

• IAAF president criticised for wilful ignorance by new report• ‘It stretches credibility to believe he was not aware of allegations’Sebastian Coe has today been accused of misleading a government inquiry about the extent to which he was aware of Russi…

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Sebastian Coe tells Russia: IAAF will still play hardball despite IOC decision

• IAAF president says body’s tough stance on Russia will not soften• Russia has been banned from track and field since November 2015Sebastian Coe has promised that athletics will continue to play hardball with Russia despite the International Olympic C…

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Sebastian Coe tells Russia: IAAF will still play hardball despite IOC decision

• IAAF president says body’s tough stance on Russia will not soften• Russia has been banned from track and field since November 2015Sebastian Coe has promised that athletics will continue to play hardball with Russia despite the International Olympic C…

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Russia says IOC has reinstated its membership after doping allegations

Alexander Zhukov claims on state TV Russia’s rights are restoredRussians competed as neutral athletes at Winter OlympicsThe head of Russia’s Olympic Committee has claimed that the International Olympic Committee has reinstated his organisation’s member…

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Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018: ‘the Games of new horizons’? | Sean Ingle

Russian scandal couldn’t overshadow spectacular sport and thawing relations between North and South KoreaMoments before the XXIII Winter Games ended amid a furious barrage of K-pop and firecrackers, the president of the International Olympic Committee,…

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Will joint ice hockey team warm up frosty Korea relations?

North and South Korea will play as a united team for the first time at the Winter OlympicsFor decades, the Olympics have shunned politics, hoping to keep the Games focused on sport rather than world affairs.But while this year’s women’s ice hockey team…

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IOC considering appeal against Cas ruling on Russian doping bans

• Cas says there is ‘insufficient evidence’ to uphold suspensions• Aiba governance could threaten boxing place at 2020 OlympicsThomas Bach has confirmed the International Olympic Committee is contemplating an appeal against the Court of Arbitration for…

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Russia’s backdoor Olympics | Sean Ingle

Russia was banned last year from the Winter Games because of its state-sponsored doping system but the IOC will still allow 169 of its athletes to compete in Pyeongchang this monthIt is a plotline worthy of Mikhail Bulgakov, or another of the great Sov…

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IOC in the dock as Russia rejoices in absolution of its doping damned | Martha Kelner

Ruling by the court of arbitration for sport, overturning lifetime Olympic bans on 28 Russian athletes, leaves Olympic movement in state of chaos on the eve of Pyeongchang GamesA month before Rio 2016 a report authored by the Canadian lawyer Richard Mc…

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Badminton and archery get Olympic funding reprieve for Tokyo 2020

• Athletes in badminton, archery, climbing and karate get funding• UK Sport has increased Olympic medal target for 2020 as a resultBadminton is one of four sports to benefit from increased National Lottery funding targeting potential medal-winning athl…

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US prosecutors issue subpoenas seeking information from Fifa, IOC and IAAF

Prosecutors looking into racketeering, fraud and money launderingParticular interest in world athletics championshipsUS federal prosecutors are conducting an extensive investigation into global sports corruption, including at Fifa and the international…

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Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand run ragged by IAAF’s moving goalposts | Andy Bull

Semenya and Chand will race at the Commonwealth Games in April but their fight for the right of hyperandrogenic athletes to compete is far from overIt’s been just under six months since Caster Semenya ran at the world championships, which makes it just…

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North and South Korea are talking but let’s not give the IOC all the credit | Marina Hyde

The idea that Kim Jong-un’s heart has been melted because North Korea has been permitted to send a figure skating pair across the DMZ to compete in Pyeongchang next month feels a bit of a stretchFor an event that claims to exist in the rarefied air far…

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Fifa’s desperate dependence on Russia exposed in flimsy response to IOC ban | David Conn

The governing body’s willingness to let Vitaly Mutko, a man banned from the Olympics over state-sponsored doping, run next year’s World Cup shows how ethically compromised it remainsHow awkward it has been for Fifa and its president, Gianni Infantino, …

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Of course Russian sport is corrupt, but then so are the Olympics | Simon Jenkins

The whole project needs a rethink. Scrap all the flags: let athletes compete as citizens of the worldI have some sympathy for Vladimir Putin. For years, he was playing footsie with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC had surely known per…

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Russia banned from Winter Olympics over state-sponsored doping

• Vitaly Mutko, former sports minister and 2018 World Cup chief, banned for life • Some athletes will be able to compete at Pyeongchang 2018 under neutral flagThe Russian Olympic Committee has been banned from next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang…

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The IOC must do its duty this time and ban Russia from Winter Olympics | Sean Ingle

No amount of evidence or condemnation has so far had the desired response from a committee which must now take action to avoid a farcical countdownThis time there is no justifiable room for doubt, nor reason to go wobbly. When the International Olympic…

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Premiership may be reduced to 10 teams in bid to avert player strike

• Idea to be discussed at Professional Game Board meeting on Wednesday• Plans would free up internationals to play more matches for their clubs Reducing the Premiership to 10 teams is one of a host of ideas being floated as a potential solution to the …

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Bravo, France, but at what cost to rugby’s transparency and integrity? | Robert Kitson

Gallic nation will put on a good show but the vote to award it rather than South Africa a second World Cup has all the hallmarks of naked self interestIt is worth keeping in mind on these occasions that rugby union usually strikes gold with its World C…