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Keeping gyms closed risks ‘catastrophic’ impact, Grey-Thompson warns Johnson

Letter claims more than 2,800 facilities are at risk‘The loss would be catastrophic to communities’Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has written to Boris Johnson warning that public health may be harmed for a generation if leisure facilities continue to st…

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Getting girls active is key to future of women’s sport, say coaches | Sean Ingle

Athletes and administrators warn that gains at the top will be lost if attention is not paid to the grassrootsGetting more girls and young women active must be a central part of the jigsaw if women’s sport is to continue to grow and thrive, according t…

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Covid-19 has rocked women’s sport but its future remains bright

Hope and determination abound throughout professional women’s sport despite the profound challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemicThe images come from a different time and place: before the sporting world became submerged in sepia and nostalgia, b…

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Second Paralympian says she was stopped from racing Tanni Grey-Thompson

Tracy Lewis says she was not selected to race in 1996 Paralympics after ‘highly unethical’ selection process A second Paralympic athlete has told MPs she was denied the chance to race when she was a direct rival to Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.In writt…

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Para scandal: calla doctor or British cheats will continue to prosper | Sean Ingle

Classification scandal gripping British Para-sport is a consequence of its medal-based funding systemNot so long ago the gloriously grumpy playwright and national treasure Alan Bennett was asked what England excelled at the most. Hypocrisy, he replied,…

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Tanni Grey-Thompson’s husband accused over rival’s reclassification

Ian Thompson was ‘unethically’ involved in Anne Wafula Strike being moved out of his wife’s category, says former head coachA former senior UK Athletics official has spoken out for the first time to condemn the role played by the husband of the 11-time…

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Para-swimmers are ‘exaggerating their disability’, MPs told

• Levana Hanson’s father Mark says concerns have been ignored • Tanni Grey-Thomson: athletes who raised alarm feared deselectionThe crisis facing the Paralympic movement over alleged abuse of the classification system deepened on Wednesday after claims…

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Classification controversy marks terrible coming of age for Paralympic sport

The growth of Paralympic sport into an elite and lucrative competition means allegations of corruption and foul play have also increasedA couple of decades ago very few people paid attention to Paralympic sport. It was patronisingly considered by some …

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GB Para athletes threatened with losing places if they spoke on classification row

• Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson questions if system is fit for purpose• Breen supports claims made at DCMS select committee hearing British Paralympic athletes have been threatened with losing their places if they speak out on issues with classification…

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GB Para athletes threatened with losing places if they spoke on classification row

• Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson questions if system is fit for purpose• Breen supports claims made at DCMS select committee hearing British Paralympic athletes have been threatened with losing their places if they speak out on issues with classification…

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GB Para athletes threatened with losing places if they spoke on classification row

• Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson questions if system is fit for purpose• Breen supports claims made at DCMS select committee hearing British Paralympic athletes have been threatened with losing their places if they speak out on issues with classification…

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Paralympic athletes face reclassification in row over exaggerated disabilities

World Para Athletics announces changes to classification rules for several classes as MPs investigate claims some athletes have misrepresented impairmentsSome of the UK’s top Paralympic stars have been warned they could be reclassified ahead of a key p…

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Classification system for Paralympic track and field ‘open to abuse’

Review by UK Athletics, the sport’s governing body, finds number of ways in which ‘flawed’ system can be undermined

The classification system for Paralympic track and field athletes is flawed and open to abuse by the unscrupulous, according to a report into the subject by the sport’s own governing body.

UK Athletics’ review found a variety of ways in which the existing classification rules could be undermined, and uncovered a widespread belief inside Paralympic sport that a system designed to ensure fairness can be exploited.

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Sarah Storey hails influence of Tanni Grey-Thompson after Paralympic record

• Cyclist beat Grey-Thompson’s British female record of 11 golds on Thursday
• ‘To think that I’m above her in anybody’s record books is surreal’

An emotional Dame Sarah Storey paid tribute to Tanni Grey-Thompson after becoming the most decorated British female Paralympian of all time on a golden evening for ParalympicsGB in the Velodrome.

Related: Sarah Storey makes history on golden day of cycling for Great Britain

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Tanni Grey-Thompson quits 2017 world championships over ‘tokenistic’ role

• Fourth official to resign from London organising committee in two months
• ‘I was being seen as the person to carry the torch of inclusion,’ she says

Tanni Grey-Thompson has become the fourth official from the 2017 World Athletics Championships to resign from the London organising committee in the space of two months saying she felt her role was “a bit too tokenistic”.

The 11-times Paralympic wheelchair champion has quit the board in frustration over her role.

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Steve Davis comments about women in snooker draw condemnation

Lady Grey-Thompson leads criticism of Davis for saying that women lack the determination needed for top-level snooker Continue reading…

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The 10 best marathon moments in pictures

As runners hit the roads of London this weekend, we pick the most memorable 26.2-mile featsIs there a moment missing from this list? Have your say in the comments below and your suggestion could feature in the alternative list next week Continue readin…

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Ex-pros criticise concussion controls

• Players can’t be trusted to be honest, says Lamont
• Moody adds that the OK should be in specialist hands

Lewis Moody and Rory Lamont have both called for rugby union to introduce stricter controls around concussion. The former players made their remarks at a parliamentary roundtable discussion about concussion in sport, called by the Labour MP Chris Bryant and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. Bryant, a former amateur player, said he was “concerned that not enough is being done to ensure players and coaches are aware of the dangers from concussion”.

Bryant warned that “if sporting authorities don’t act now, lawsuits in this country are a real possibility”. In the US, a judge recently rejected a proposed settlement of $765m between the NFL and a group of former players on the grounds that it was too low. Such a sum, Bryant added, would bankrupt professional rugby in Britain.

Lamont, who played 29 Tests for Scotland, explained that he had been “knocked out a dozen times” in his career, and had suffered concussion on countless other occasions, but had never admitted the extent of the problem to medical staff because he “wasn’t aware of the long-term issues”. Recent research has established a likely link between repeated concussions incurred while playing rugby and the disease CTE, formerly known as punch-drunk syndrome. Evidence is also emerging that there may be a link between CTE and football, a sport that has not yet introduced specific concussion treatment protocols.

“Every time I was knocked out I was able to pass the concussion tests and return to play within a week,” Lamont said. “Even after passing all the tests I would still be getting concussion symptoms.” He added that players could not be trusted “to be open and honest about the fact that they are still concussed because their careers are on the line and they stand to lose so much by missing matches.”

Moody, a former England captain, echoed that sentiment. “It is in your fibre to want to stay on the pitch and be with your team-mates,” he said. “So ultimately we have to take this process away from the players and put it in the hands of the doctors.” The Rugby Football Union is introducing a mandatory concussion education programme for professional players and coaches at the start of next season. Peter Robinson, whose son Ben died of concussion-related illness in 2011, is among the campaigners calling for still more to be done.

More progress has been made in Scotland. James Robson, the doctor for the national team, said that he feels a cultural change is taking place, and pointed out that of the last five cases of concussion he treated on the field, two had been identified by team-mates of the injured player. The SRU has just launched a study into the long-term effects of concussion, to explore the potential links to CTE.

Bryant concluded that the two main aims must be to achieve greater consistency regarding concussion identification and treatment across all sports, and to improve co-operation between relevant agencies in health, education, and sport. He and Grey-Thompson are preparing a report that will be presented this year.

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