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BOA hits back at Team GB athletes in Olympic sponsorship row

• Mo Farah among those in marketing rights dispute• Adam Gemili: ‘We want to recognise our sponsors’The British Olympic Association has entered into a legal dispute with its own athletes as a row over marketing rights looks set to overshadow the countd…

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Too many heads remain in the sand when it comes to hosting of sport | Sean Ingle

Anthony Joshua’s fight in Saudi Arabia this week once more raises questions about the choice of venue for big eventsTwo scenes. Two British sporting icons. Variations on a theme. Scene one: a supremely jet-lagged Anthony Joshua in a Heathrow hotel in S…

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Too many heads remain in the sand when it comes to hosting of sport | Sean Ingle

Anthony Joshua’s fight in Saudi Arabia this week once more raises questions about the choice of venue for big eventsTwo scenes. Two British sporting icons. Variations on a theme. Scene one: a supremely jet-lagged Anthony Joshua in a Heathrow hotel in S…

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British and Irish chances of 2030 World Cup bid made more ‘credible’

• Football Association of Ireland: ‘This bid is on front foot’• Uefa’s president lent his backing in 2018The chances of a British and Irish bid to host the 2030 World Cup appear to have improved, according to the general manager of the Football Associa…

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Russian athletics chief quits amid fresh corruption accusation by Wada

• Medical records allegedly faked during doping probe• Russia’s participation at 2020 Tokyo Olympics under threatDmitry Shlyakhtin, the president of the Russian track and field federation, has resigned two days after he was accused of obstructing an an…

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Olympic committee’s deal with Airbnb angers Paris authorities

Mayor of 2024 host city has promised to rein in website, blamed for pushing up rentsParis city authorities have reacted angrily to what they call a “risky” deal between the Olympic committee and the short-term tourist rental company Airbnb.Officials in…

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High time that Nike and the IAAF did the right thing by athletes | Sean Ingle

The stars of track and field need a powerful and independent union to protect them from abuse from the sportswear giant and the mismanagement of the governing bodyWhat more can one say about Nike except that in a hotly contested field it once again lea…

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‘Greatest’ Rugby World Cup provides a springboard for growth | Paul Rees

World Rugby hopes the success of the tournament in Japan will inspire countries from outside the traditional strongholds The hosts for the 2027 and 2031 Rugby World Cups will be decided at the same time with the organisers hoping that the success of th…

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US senator Rick Scott says 2022 Winter Olympics should not be held in China

Republican senator says 2022 Games should be movedFormer Florida governor doubles down on letter to IOCScott blasts Fifa for awarding Club World Cup to ChinaUS senator Rick Scott said on Tuesday the 2022 Winter Olympics should not be held in Beijing, c…

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LTA faces questions over abuse case reform after elevating Martin Corrie

• Nomination ‘undermines’ improvements says abuse victim• LTA president stepped down admitting safeguarding failingsSports confronted by nightmare revelations of sexual abuse have dramatically improved their safeguarding cultures, but a whiff of the ba…

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Sebastian Coe admits he has not read report which led to Alberto Salazar’s ban

• Coe defends the sport’s approach to catching drug cheats• IAAF president also cautions criticism of Sifan HassanSebastian Coe says he has not yet read the report that led to Alberto Salazar being banned for four years by the US Anti-Doping Agency – b…

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Sebastian Coe admits he has not read report which led to Alberto Salazar’s ban

• Coe defends the sport’s approach to catching drug cheats• IAAF president also cautions criticism of Sifan HassanSebastian Coe says he has not yet read the report that led to Alberto Salazar being banned for four years by the US Anti-Doping Agency – b…

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Sebastian Coe criticises BBC and Gabby Logan for world championships coverage

• Coe feels too there has been too much focus on poor crowds• IAAF president singles out Logan and has ‘problem’ with studioThe IAAF president, Sebastian Coe, has launched an extraordinary attack on the BBC and its presenter Gabby Logan for criticising…

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Rugby World Cup refereeing confusion is hindering drive to grow game | Andy Bull

Mixed messages from officials and disciplinary panels suggests a breakdown in communication as the sport tries to evolveThere is a plaque on the wall at Rugby School, commemorating the exploits of William Webb Ellis, who “with a fine disregard for the …

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Dire in Doha: world championships ‘catastrophe’ leaves athletics reeling | Sean Ingle

Empty seats and ghostly silence have been the sad feature of these world championships – it is a PR disaster for the sportMoments after the greatest 10.83 seconds of her life, Dina Asher?Smith grabbed a union flag from her mother, Julie, and began a la…

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World Athletics Championships: $4.5m Doha cash plan investigated by judges

Leaked documents involve firm linked to Papa Massata Diack Former IAAF official at centre of French corruption inquiryFrench judges are investigating whether $4.5m was paid by the organisers of the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Qatar to a contr…

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IOC delays announcing new transgender guidelines for 2020 Olympics

• Draft proposals have ‘gone around the houses’• Sporting federations urged to create own policiesPlans by the International Olympic Committee to introduce stricter guidelines for transgender athletes before the Tokyo 2020 Games have run into the sand …

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World Rugby admits concerns over proposed CVC and Six Nations deal

• Private equity firm has agreed £300m package in principle• CVC already backs Gallagher Premiership and in Pro14 talksWorld Rugby officials have expressed their concern at the potential implications of Europe’s major rugby-playing nations signing a ga…

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Fiji pose World Cup threat but Pacific Islands need a much fairer deal | Ben Ryan

Fiji, Samoa and Tonga export masses of rugby talent but need more resource sharing and better domestic managementBehind sugar, rugby players are the second biggest export from Fiji. Combined with Samoa and Tonga they provide almost 20% of the world’s p…

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Old instincts of World Rugby are preventing a true global union

The authorities – who always were slow to change – are making sure the game is in no fit shape to expandW hen the International Rugby Board (now World Rugby) voted on the idea of the World Cup in 1985, the result was 10–6 in favour, 16 votes shared equ…