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Why calls for athletes to compete as a homogenised group should be resisted | Sean Ingle

In response to the impact of transgender athletes some advocate the sexes competing together, a move others argue would banish women from top-level sportCan you imagine sport without separate men’s and women’s categories? A world where Serena Williams …

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Why calls for athletes to compete as a homogenised group should be resisted | Sean Ingle

In response to the impact of transgender athletes some advocate the sexes competing together, a move others argue would banish women from top-level sportCan you imagine sport without separate men’s and women’s categories? A world where Serena Williams …

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Why calls for athletes to compete as a homogenised group should be resisted | Sean Ingle

In response to the impact of transgender athletes some advocate the sexes competing together, a move others argue would banish women from top-level sportCan you imagine sport without separate men’s and women’s categories? A world where Serena Williams …

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Ben Stokes and Alex Hales to find out if they face further punishment over fight

• Cricket discipline commission hearing begins on Wednesday • Players face two ECB charges of bringing game into disrepute After 14 months of what has at times felt like glacial progress, English cricket is finally approaching closure over Ben Stokes, …

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Jofra Archer available for England in January after ECB changes rules

• In demand fast bowler could play on West Indies tour• ECB signs off playing regulations for 100-ball competitionJofra Archer, the highly-rated Sussex fast bowler who was born in Barbados but holds a British passport, will be available to play for Eng…

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Contentious Davis Cup revamp may be stepping-stone towards ATP merger | Kevin Mitchell

Tournament director admits new format is a gamble but vying for prestige with 2020 World Cup is ‘not good for any of us’Albert Costa, who won the Davis Cup for Spain three times, as player and captain, hopes tradition will be enough to stave off opposi…

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Sheikh Ahmad al-Sabah stands down from IOC amid forgery allegations

• Kuwaiti accused of faking videos against government officials• Sheikh Ahmad steps down pending ethics committee hearingSheikh Ahmad al-Sabah, whose influence and wealth made him one of the most powerful figures in the Olympic movement and football’s …

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Sheikh Ahmad al-Sabah stands down from IOC amid forgery allegations

• Kuwaiti accused of faking videos against government officials• Sheikh Ahmad steps down pending ethics committee hearingSheikh Ahmad al-Sabah, whose influence and wealth made him one of the most powerful figures in the Olympic movement and football’s …

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Blow for IOC as Calgary set to be latest city to stop bid for 2026 Winter Olympics

Referendum looks likely to oppose bid for GamesOnly two cities have officially declared for hosting rightsCalgary’s bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics was rebuffed on Tuesday when local voters said “no” in a non-binding referendum. Unofficial results…

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Ben Ryan: ‘If rugby were a company people would be comparing it to an Enron’

Fiji’s gold-medal winning sevens coach is unhappy with the direction he believes the game is moving in – from the treatment of tier-two nations to laws being overlooked by refereesIf you love rugby union what follows will be a tough read. According to …

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Tributes flow for UK Sport’s ‘incredible’ departing CEO Liz Nicholl

• Nicholl to step down after spearheading huge success• Katherine Grainger praises ‘tireless work, humour, resilience’For the past eight years Liz Nicholl has been one of the most powerful figures in British sport, the high priestess of UK Sport’s cont…

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Dulwich Hamlet: the improbable tale of a tiny football club that lost its home to developers – and won it back

After they were locked out of their own stadium, an unlikely band of supporters came together to save the club. By Tom Lamont. Photographs by Tom JenkinsStood in his traditional place, at the back of the main spectator stand, radio microphone in pocket…

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Nobody can afford to host the Olympics but at the IOC the largesse never stops | Andy Bull

Potential host cities are dwindling to an embarrassing low and yet the International Olympic Committee seems to still be living in the era when money is no objectLord but the IOC makes it hard to love the Olympics, and this last month has been especial…

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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 …