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Leaks show Chelsea owner Abramovich funded Israeli settler group

Russian oligarch’s firms donated £74m to Elad, who are accused of trying to seize Palestinian neighbourhoodsCompanies controlled by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich donated tens of millions of pounds to a highly controversial Israeli settler group accuse…

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Colin Kaepernick attacks NFL ‘propaganda’ as teams protest on opening weekend

Athletes across the US have been protesting against racismFans at Kansas City booed ‘moment of unity’ on ThursdayTeams across the NFL chose to stay in the locker room for both the Star-Spangled Banner and Lift Every Voice and Sing, commonly known as th…

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Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari executed despite global outcry

Afkari had been convicted of killing security guard during anti-government protests in 2018Iran has executed a champion wrestler convicted of murdering a security guard during anti-regime protests in 2018, state media said on Saturday, despite an inter…

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Tokyo Olympics must be held at ‘any cost’, says Japanese minister

Seiko Hashimoto says country is planning for event next year even though a widely available vaccine is unlikelyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Tokyo Olympics must be held “at any cost”, Japan’s Games minister, Seiko Hash…

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Melitina Staniouta on the Belarus protests: ‘I just could not keep quiet’ | Tumaini Carayol

The decorated gymnast has joined 400 sporting figures in protesting at the re-election of Alexander Lukashenko and police brutality For numerous bitter days in early August, Belarus went dark. After the rigged presidential re-election of Alexander Luka…

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Greek lawyer in Harry Maguire case reveals details of hate mail he received

Prosecutor Ioannis Paradissis says messages from supporters of Manchester United footballer have shocked himThe fallout from Harry’s Maguire’s calamitous holiday in Mykonos has been swift, brutal and revelatory, not least for the Manchester United capt…

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Sports stars are held up as role models – until they want to stand up to racism | John Amaechi

Despite criticism, US athletes are taking principled action over the shooting of Jacob Blake and embracing their powerWhat is it to be a role model? What does it mean when our children have posters of their sporting idols on their bedroom walls and, al…

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Taking a knee: athletes protest against racism around the world – in pictures

Over the past few months, athletes around the world have been kneeling in support of Black Lives Matter and wearing the phrase on jerseys and T-shirts while NBA players boycotted game five of their playoff series in protest of the police shooting again…

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NBA season up in air as Lakers and Clippers reportedly vote to quit playoffs

Wednesday’s games were cancelled over shooting of Jacob BlakeMeeting to be held on Thursday morning over fate of seasonThe NBA season is balance with the league’s board of governors and players due to meet on Thursday morning to discuss whether to cont…

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Ronaldinho set for release after bizarre six-month stay in Paraguay penal system

World Cup winner was charged with using false passport40-year-old spent much of time in a luxury hotelAfter nearly six months entangled in the Paraguayan legal system, Ronaldinho is set to be granted his liberty from house arrest on Monday by judges in…

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Football’s first fa’afafine: trans rights trailblazer Jaiyah Saelua on stardom and sisterhood

Fa’afafine athlete and advocate Jaiyah Saelua, and Kaimana, the fa’afafine actor who will play her in Taika Waititi’s latest film, find shared celebration in a uniquely Polynesian storyJaiyah Saelua is a footballer first.The first openly transgender wo…

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Cardinals-Brewers game called off as MLB’s coronavirus outbreak expands

MLB postpones Cards-Brewers game amid more positive testsSix of 30 MLB teams will be sidelined on Friday due to Covid-19Major League Baseball has postponed Friday afternoon’s game between the St Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers after multiple memb…

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‘It was dehumanising’: Jessica Shuran Yu condemns training abuse in China

World championship skater describes culture of abuseUrges IOC to better protect skaters before Beijing 2022A world championship figure skater has urged the International Olympic Committee to do more to protect vulnerable young girls after detailing how…

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Human Rights Watch criticises Japan after report reveals abuse of athletes

Physical and sexual abuse has led some to take their lives‘Sport has been a cause of pain, fear and distress for too many’A damning new study of sport in Japan has found child athletes have routinely suffered physical, sexual and verbal abuse from thei…

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Human Rights Watch criticises Japan after report reveals abuse of athletes

Physical and sexual abuse has led some to take their lives‘Sport has been a cause of pain, fear and distress for too many’A damning new study of sport in Japan has found child athletes have routinely suffered physical, sexual and verbal abuse from thei…

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Khololwam Montsi: ‘If you come from Africa and make it, you’re someone big’

The 17-year-old South African tennis star on climbing the world rankings, meeting Nick Kyrgios and finding his self-beliefKhololwam Montsi has always been a dreamer. Before he had ever entered a tennis tournament, he was imagining himself winning Wimbl…

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Saudi Arabia bans beIN Sports to further complicate £300m Newcastle takeover

Ruling makes it impossible to watch Premier League legallyEnglish top flight has been considering club’s sale for 16 weeksNewcastle United’s takeover saga has been cast into further uncertainty after taking an unexpected twist on Tuesday when the Saudi…

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Former Afghan football chief Keramuudin Karim has life ban upheld

Karim banned by Fifa after female players reported abuseCourt of arbitration for sport confirms punishmentThe court of arbitration for sport (Cas) has dismissed the appeal of Keramuudin Karim, a former president of the Afghanistan Football Federation, …

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Juninho Pernambucano: ‘There are thousands of George Floyds in Brazil’

The former Lyon midfielder on racism, his country’s unravelling under Jair Bolsonaro and how Brazilians are taught to think only about moneyLike so many other footballers and former professionals, Juninho Pernambucano could easily stay silent and not d…

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From Muhammad Ali to Colin Kaepernick, the proud history of black protest in sport

NFL players kneeling in the US and Premier League stars speaking out in the UK is nothing new: sportsmen and women have always been at the forefront of the fight for civil rightsWe may never know why Jake Hepple, a now unemployed welder from Burnley, t…