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Category: UK Sport

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UK Sport investigates British Bobsleigh over fresh racism and bullying claims

Colin Rattigan understood to have made complaintsBBSA stripped of £5m funding after Pyeongchang OlympicsUK Sport has launched an independent investigation into British Bobsleigh after the only black member of its board reported that he had suffered dis…

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UK Sport chair Katherine Grainger says bullying and abuse will be eradicated

Grainger saddened and angered by claims of abuseSports could have funding cut if behaviour does not improveUK Sport has pledged to “identify, confront and eradicate” bullying and abuse in the high-performance system in the wake of the staggering allega…

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UK Sport denies win-at-any-cost Olympic mentality after testing revelations

Experimental trial conducted on 91 athletes before London 2012Questions raised about excessive medication in British sportUK Sport has denied seeking to win Olympic medals at any cost following revelations it secretly spent hundreds of thousands of pou…

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British Gymnastics to investigate alleged abuse of elite athletes

Independent inquiry to examine ‘shocking’ claims of physical and emotional abuseBritish Gymnastics has announced an independent inquiry into “shocking and upsetting” allegations of serious physical and emotional abuse made by multiple elite athletes, i…

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‘An ugly truth’: British sports bodies admit failure to confront racism

80 governing bodies publish unprecedented statement‘Sport and recreation has role to bring about meaningful change’The governing bodies of 80 of the nation’s leading sports – including British Athletics, British Cycling and England Netball – have publi…

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Katherine Grainger: ‘We’re suddenly in a very different world’ | Donald McRae

Former Olympic champion is still excited about UK Sport’s future – not only in terms of medals but having a positive impact on society“We are asking hard questions like who might be facing bankruptcy in the short term, because that’s the reality right …

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British sports bodies fear financial ruin because of coronavirus pandemic

Handful of national governing bodies face an existential threat‘Sports like ours will find it very difficult to recover’Some British sporting bodies, including those sending athletes to next year’s Olympics, fear they could go under because of the coro…

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Castleford cast off ‘eerie feeling’ to defeat St Helens

Castleford 28-14 St HelensFans critical of decision to play during coronavirus outbreakFor 80 minutes at least everything felt normal. The roar when Derrell Olpherts scored a sensational one-handed try was what one would expect in this part of the worl…

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Mako Vunipola out of England’s Six Nations showdown with Ireland

Loosehead prop has travelled to Tonga for family reasonsBen Obano added to squad, with Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade England have received a huge blow before their crucial Six Nations match against Ireland on Sunday with Mako Vunipola ruled out, having …

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Manchester United fan Odion Ighalo ready to realise childhood dream

Nigeria striker has taken a long road to the summit as he prepares to make his Manchester United debut at ChelseaAfter Odion Ighalo’s unexpected loan move at the end of January and his coronavirus-related quarantine, at Stamford Bridge on Monday he is …

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Mitchell’s 35-yarder fires Spurs back from red to WSL point against Everton

Everton missed out on the chance to overtake Manchester United in their race to be best of the rest in the Women’s Super League as a stunning long-range free-kick from Arsenal loanee Emma Mitchell with 12 minutes remaining – just after the home side ha…

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Lungi Ngidi stalls England charge to win thrilling first T20 international

South Africa 177-8; England 176-9; South Africa win by one runRoy and Morgan hit fifties before tourists collapseAdil Rashid must have wondered exactly what had happened in between.Two hours earlier, as the shadows lengthened over East London, Rashid h…

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UK Sport launches review into ailing UK Athletics amid ‘major concerns’

• Review aims to make athletics governing body ‘fit for the future’• UK Athletics in disarray following a series of crises and scandalsUK Sport has begun an unprecedented comprehensive review into UK Athletics after admitting it had “major concerns” fo…

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Premier League clubs’ best players of the decade

Our writers name the outstanding performer during the past 10 years for each of the current 20 top-flight sidesIt took the midfielder over a year to recover from the injury he suffered in a tackle from Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross in February 2010 but Arsène…

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UK Sport confident of breaking GB Olympic medal record at Tokyo 2020

• Team GB finished second overall in Rio with 67 medals• Warr says ‘bases are loaded’ when it comes to medal potentialUK Sport is “quietly confident” that the Tokyo Olympics will be the best ever for British athletes, surpassing the record-breaking me…

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Forest Green launch investigation after racial abuse delays Scunthorpe game

• Club have identified supporter involved in reported incident• Fan will be handed lifetime ban if found guilty of racist abuseForest Green Rovers have launched an investigation and promised to take stringent action following a reported incident of rac…

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UK Athletics risks cut in £27m funding, warns UK Sport’s Sally Munday

• We have a responsibility, Munday adds• Zara Hyde Peters left UK Athletics before taking up her postThe UK Sport chief executive, Sally Munday, has warned UK Athletics it risks having a cut in its £27m funding if it fails to address the problems that …

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Freeman case is great theatre but is it a couple of bad apples – or a barrel? | Sean Ingle

Neither Shane Sutton nor Dr Richard Freeman comes out well from the GMC tribunal but it invites wider questions about the whole culture of British Cycling and UK SportEveryone who has met Shane Sutton has a story. Here’s one of mine. During a UK Sport …

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Stefanos Tsitsipas fights back to overcome Dominic Thiem and secure ATP Finals

• Greek becomes youngest winner of event since 2001• The 21-year-old wins 6-7 (6), 6-2, 7-6 (4)Three years ago, Stefanos Tsitsipas arrived in London as a wide-eyed teenager, happy to offer his services as a hitting partner for Dominic Thiem, whom he kn…

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‘Groundbreaking’ gene test to detect doping may be ready for Tokyo 2020

• Tests would allow blood doping to be identified for months• Ground-breaking test pioneered at University of BrightonA “groundbreaking” new method of using gene testing to catch doping cheats could be ready in time for next year’s Olympic Games in Tok…