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Category: Winter Olympics 2014

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Skeleton: how to hurtle down an ice-track on a ‘tea tray’ – Winter Olympics video

Skeleton is a winter sport in which competitors hurl themselves head-first down an ice track on a sled resembling a tea tray and back in the news again thanks to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Before the 2014 Games, Barry Glendenning visited the U…

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Russians hail ‘triumph of justice’ as IOC doping bans are overturned

Decision that puts country back top of Sochi medals table welcomed by athletes and politiciansRussian officials and athletes have hailed a decision by the court of arbitration for sport to overturn Olympic doping bans on 28 of the country’s athletes, w…

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‘Collaborators and traitors’: Russia goes to war with Winter Olympics ban

The outraged Russian reaction to the IOC’s decision has been fuelled by comparisons with the great national triumph in the second world warOn sulphurous television chat shows this week, Russian athletes considering competing under a neutral flag at the…

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The IOC must do its duty this time and ban Russia from Winter Olympics | Sean Ingle

No amount of evidence or condemnation has so far had the desired response from a committee which must now take action to avoid a farcical countdownThis time there is no justifiable room for doubt, nor reason to go wobbly. When the International Olympic…

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Russian athletes admit taking banned substances supplied by Rodchenkov

• Scientist headed Russia’s main anti-doping laboratory from 2005 to 2015• Claims at least 14 medal winners took part in state-run doping programmeTwo Russian athletes have admitted taking banned performance-enhancing substances given to them by Grigor…

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Russian doping mastermind benefited from London 2012 drugs ‘preview’

• Grigory Rodchenkov was invited to inspect laboratory before Games
• ‘Without this, all Russian doping situation will be collapsed’

The mastermind behind the Russian doping programme has revealed that he was able to corrupt the London 2012 Olympics only because he was invited to Britain by organisers and shown how they planned to catch cheats.

Related: Russian state doped more than 1,000 athletes and corrupted London 2012

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Russian doping mastermind benefited from London 2012 drugs ‘preview’

• Grigory Rodchenkov was invited to inspect laboratory before Games
• ‘Without this, all Russian doping situation will be collapsed’

The mastermind behind the Russian doping programme has revealed that he was able to corrupt the London 2012 Olympics only because he was invited to Britain by organisers and shown how they planned to catch cheats.

Related: Russian state doped more than 1,000 athletes and corrupted London 2012

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Second McLaren report: five questions on the Russian doping scandal

After the damning second part of Richard McLaren’s report into Russia’s state doping programme, what now for world sport

Very little. Barring an unforeseen act of God, the 2018 World Cup is staying put. True, there are growing calls for Russia to be excluded from international competitions – with Richard Ask, the head of Denmark’s anti-doping agency, specifically referencing taking it away. Yet within football’s corridors of power nothing has changed: Fifa simply has no appetite to move the competition from Russia.

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Russia agrees to IOC demand over retesting for 2012 and 2014 Olympics

Vitaly Mutko, the Russian deputy prime minister and former sports minister has admitted: ‘The IOC has now decided to retest all the samples; let them retest’

Russia has said it will accept an International Olympic Committee plan to retest all drugs test samples given by Russian athletes at the 2012 and 2014 Olympics.

The IOC’s declaration on Friday followed the second and final part of an independent commission report by the World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Professor Richard McLaren. It said that more than 1,000 Russian athletes, including medal winners at the Summer Games in London and the Winter Olympics in Sochi, had benefited from a state-backed campaign of doping and drugs test cover-ups.

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IOC’s Rio ban failure exposed by deepening of Russian doping scandal

The IOC statement about Richard McLaren’s report referred to a ‘fundamental attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games’ but it contained no apology

Between 2011 and 2015 the Russian state orchestrated a doping programme that enabled 1,000 athletes in 30 sports to take banned performance-enhancing drugs. The sports ministry, the secret service and the national anti-doping agency collaborated in the systematic corruption of the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and Paralympics, and the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow. At a press conference in London on Friday morning, Professor Richard McLaren, head of the independent body appointed to investigate the conspiracy, provided irrefutable proof of both the scheme and its cover-up. And in doing so he exposed, with surgical precision, a great gaping wound in the Olympic movement.

Over the course of two hours, McLaren and his chief investigator, Martin Dubbey, detailed the evolution of the Russian doping programme. They moved from the “uncontrolled chaos” of its makeshift beginnings, where “top-level national-team coaches” were selling performance-enhancing drugs to athletes who would then be protected by corrupt doping control officers, to its final fruition as an “institutionalised and disciplined” strategy in which competitors were able to dope in the run-up to and even during major competitions. “Well-known and elite athletes” were protected by the false reporting of lab results and the practice of sample-swapping, in which tainted urine samples were replaced with clean substitutes.

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Russia may be banned from Rio Olympics over state-sponsored doping

• Richard McLaren’s report shows hundreds of positive drug tests were hidden
• IOC president says findings are ‘unprecedented attack on integrity of sports’

Russia could be banned from competing at the Rio Olympics after a damning report lifted the lid on a state-sponsored doping cover-up involving Vladimir Putin’s righthand man, the Russian intelligence services and top sports officials.

The International Olympic Committee’s executive board will discuss the results of the report by the Canadian law professor Richard McLaren in a teleconference on Tuesday.

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Russia orchestrated state-sponsored doping cover-up, says Wada report

• Richard McLaren finds evidence of programme in ‘vast majority of sports’
• IOC says it will not hesitate to take ‘toughest sanctions available’

A devastating and damning report into Russian sport has found that the country’s government, security services and sporting authorities colluded to hide widespread doping across “a vast majority” of winter and summer sports, with the International Olympic Committee promising it will not hesitate to take “toughest sanctions available” against those implicated.

Related: Wada: Russian government oversaw widespread doping – as it happened

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Wada report confirms state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes at Sochi – video

A report by an independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency confirms evidence of widespread state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes at the Sochi Olympics. Speaking in Toronto on Monday, Dr Richard McLaren says the Russian ministry of sport ‘directed, controlled and oversaw’ the manipulation of urine samples, both in Moscow and in Sochi ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics

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Russian doctors and athletes ‘switched urine samples’ at Sochi Olympics

• Former head of Russia’s national anti-doping lab admits to cheating tests
• Grigory Rodchenkov tells New York Times of widespread conspiracy

The former head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency has revealed his part in an astonishing state-run doping programme before and during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, which included supplying banned performance-enhancing substances to at least 15 medal winners and substituting tainted urine samples with clean ones during the Games so that they passed doping tests.

Related: French financial prosecutors confirm investigation into Tokyo 2020 bid

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The race to bring Afghanistan to the Winter Olympics

Last week 80 skiers from around the world competed for glory at the Afghan Ski Challenge in the Hindu Kush. Does skiing have a future in Afghanistan?

For the hundreds of spectators who walk for hours to watch the annual Afghan Ski Challenge in the remote Hindu Kush mountain range, the wrecks are the best part. It’s been only six years since the first ski mountaineering competition was held in Afghanistan, and the people of the nearby town of Bamyan aren’t as inured with skiing as the race’s founder, Christoph Zuercher, a journalist from Switzerland. But they do like to laugh, says Zuercher, even at bad crashes. The organizers have learned to build ski jumps at key points along the course, like the finish line, “so you have something for the spectators”.

While Afghans in the region have historically used long wooden planks as a sort of snow shoe, downhill skiing is alien to locals. Or it was until six years ago, when Zuercher found himself bored and stuck in Bamyan for a few days, dreaming of skiing the untracked peaks that rose up on all sides. That same year, he returned to launch the Afghan Ski Challenge, a ski mountaineering race open to locals and anyone able to get to the start.

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Vanessa Mae’s skiing result at Winter Olympics stands following IOC ruling

• IOC decides not to annul Mae’s result after her appeal against ban
• 37-year-old finished 67th in the giant slalom at Sochi 2014

The violinist Vanessa Mae is expected to return to competitive skiing in March after it was ruled that she would not be disqualified from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, meaning she will be allowed to call herself an Olympian.

Related: Vanessa-Mae has four-year competitive skiing ban overturned

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No Olympics until 2018, but America’s stellar women enjoy winter hot streak

Household names like Lindsey Vonn, plus a raft of youngsters, are enjoying huge success in skiing and sliding this winter – and it bodes well for Pyeongchang

Can we schedule another Olympics this year?

That’s the question a lot of US women in winter sports have to be asking now. Like the 60 and 70F weather sweeping the north-east in December, American women in skiing and sliding sports – household names and unknown youngsters – are having an atypical winter.

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Suicide bombers ‘planned to smuggle explosives on to plane in hand cream’ at Sochi Olympics

• Russian minister reveals plot for Winter Games
• Women were detained in in Austria and France

A Russian official has revealed a possible plot ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, saying female suicide bombers had planned to smuggle explosives on to an aircraft in hand cream.

The deputy foreign minister Oleg Syromolotov, who has responsibility for counter-terrorism, said the women were detained in Austria and France.

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Cas confirms Vanessa-Mae broke no rules in Olympic qualification

• Court absolves musician over use of system put in place by International Ski Federation
• Four-year ban lifted last month, clearing Vanessa-Mae of rigging low-level races in Slovenia

Vanessa-Mae exploited weak International Ski Federation rules and got help from alpine race officials “smitten” by her celebrity to qualify for the Sochi Olympics, according to sport’s highest court.

The court of arbitration for sport cleared the musician last month of rigging low-level races in Slovenia organised by her entourage in January 2014, and lifted her four-year ban on appeal.

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The alternative 2014 sports awards: the year’s best gaffes, rows and grasshoppers

Forget the title triumphs and golden goals – 2014 was the year a baboon chased Luke Donald, Barack Obama was mistaken for Chris Smalling, and Felix Magath wowed Fulham with his cheese

… in a special 12 months for Fifa.com: a report on Sepp Blatter’s keynote speech at Fifa’s Congress in June – an address listened to by 750 Fifa delegates all wearing free luxury watches: “Football as a catalyst for social change: no football without ethics and integrity”.

Jonathan Pearce at half time today pic.twitter.com/YrcTIe0NwB

Ahhh The Queen photo-bombed our selfie!! #royalty #sheevensmiled #amazing #Glasgow2014 @Hockeyroos @AusComGames pic.twitter.com/ZMtHYFUqHk

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