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Category: Sport politics

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RFL accused of trying to ‘cajole’ smaller clubs over Super League reform vote

• EGM to vote on scrapping Super 8s and changes to funding• Championship clubs fear proposals could threaten financesThe Rugby Football League has been accused of “working underhandedly” with Super League to try to manipulate the outcome of arguably th…

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IAAF vice-president Sergey Bubka cleared of making suspicious payment

• AIU says payment to former IAAF treasurer did not breach rules• Valentin Balakhnichev banned from athletics for life in 2016Sergey Bubka, the IAAF senior vice-president, has been cleared of making a suspicious money transfer. Related: Tiger Woods and…

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Human Rights Watch: testosterone limit for female athletes is discrimination

• Body calls for IAAF to scrap new rules on hyperandrogenism• IAAF ‘forcing women to have unnecessary interventions’Human Rights Watch has accused the International Association of Athletics Federations of discriminating against female athletes with nat…

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Report finds 40% of women face discrimination in sport jobs

• Women in Sport calls for urgent action into findings• Ruth Holdaway: ‘This is a problem we have to solve urgently’Research from Women in Sport has found 40% of women in the sports industry say they face discrimination because of their sex but 72% of …

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Review of standing ban a step forward but must be handled with great care | David Conn

A review over the reintroduction of safe standing must be sensitive, thorough and consultative given the association with the Hillsborough tragedy that brought about the original banMake no mistake, the sports minister Tracey Crouch’s decision to revie…

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Safe standing at football: government to review all-seat policy

• Sports minister responds to growing public enthusiasm • Tracey Crouch to address Westminster debate on 25 JuneThe government is poised to make its most significant shift towards allowing safe standing at football matches by commissioning a review of …

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Olympic success under threat from funding cuts, says UK Sport chair

• Dame Katherine Grainger warns of implications of budget cuts• Finances are set to get tighter for 2020-2024 Olympic cycleDame Katherine Grainger, the chair of UK Sport, has warned that Britain’s extraordinary record of Olympic and Paralympic success …

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Neville Southall: ‘I’ve got a bit of flak because I stick up for sex workers’ | Donald McRae

The former Wales and Everton goalkeeper discusses LGBT issues, Theresa May, skeletons, the agony of Loris Karius and why he really dislikes Piers MorganDoubt settles over Neville Southall like a brooding cloud on an otherwise sunny afternoon in Liverpo…

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Australia becomes the latest host country unwilling to ‘share its dream’ | Marina Hyde

Reaction to the 250 or so Commonwealth Games athletes and officials seeking to stay underlines a basic rule of thumb: never believe what a country says about itself during a mega-eventAfter the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne 61 athletes and officials …

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Australia becomes the latest host country unwilling to ‘share its dream’ | Marina Hyde

Reaction to the 250 or so Commonwealth Games athletes and officials seeking to stay underlines a basic rule of thumb: never believe what a country says about itself during a mega-eventAfter the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne 61 athletes and officials …

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Australia becomes the latest host country unwilling to ‘share its dream’ | Marina Hyde

Reaction to the 250 or so Commonwealth Games athletes and officials seeking to stay underlines a basic rule of thumb: never believe what a country says about itself during a mega-eventAfter the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne 61 athletes and officials …

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Colin Graves: the blazered Terminator with his sights locked on cricket | Marina Hyde

The ECB chairman seems determined to push on with his plans for The Hundred despite the outcry the prospect of the new format has caused across the gameThere is no fiercer battle than the one to be the least appealing individual in British sporting gov…

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ECB introduces Rooney Rule as part of drive to increase Asian involvement

• At least one BAME candidate to be interviewed for coaching roles• ECB launches action plan to improve minority representationThe England and Wales Cricket Board has introduced the Rooney Rule for all national coaching positions to guarantee that at l…

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Hey England fans, everything’ll be fine in Russia. Probably | John Crace

Supporters’ chief tells MPs he can’t promise all will be OK. But can’t everyone just chill a bit?How things change. Time was when the name “England football supporter” meant something. Someone who could get completely drunk in a foreign city centre by …

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UK Athletics chairman raises doubts over IAAF rule that targets Semenya

• There are ‘a lot of questions and challenges’ says Richard Bowker• Semenya will be welcomed to London World Cup event in JulyThe chairman of UK Athletics has warned that there are “a lot of questions and challenges” with the IAAF’s controversial new …

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Caster Semenya the obvious target in IAAF changes that only create a legal minefield | Hannah Mouncey

When the IAAF’s new policy regarding testosterone levels is challenged it will more than likely be found to be discriminatory; so what’s really going on?It was with little shock this week that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAA…

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IAAF accused of ‘blatant racism’ over new testosterone level regulations

• Rules will impact on world 800m champion Caster Semenya• Minister says regulations designed to ‘disadvantage’ South AfricanThe IAAF has been accused of “blatant racism” by the ruling party of South Africa, the African National Congress, over its new …

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Wolves’ link with agent Jorge Mendes to face Premier League scrutiny

• Portuguese’s Molineux relationship will have to pass top-flight test• FA and EFL fail to explain how arrangement complies with rulesWolves will have to satisfy the Premier League that their relationship with Jorge Mendes does not break league or FA r…

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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…