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Category: Tokyo Olympic Games 2020

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Mack Horton’s Olympic title defence turns to dust after flop in Adelaide

Horton finishes third in 400m freestyle selection trialsEmma McKeon breaks own 100m butterfly national recordMack Horton won’t defend his Olympic 400m freestyle title in Tokyo after failing to make the Australian team for the event.Horton finished thir…

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Kieren Perkins says Swimming Australia ‘very concerned’ by Maddie Groves withdrawal over ‘perverts’

Perkins says athlete safety is ‘paramount’ after Australian star swimmer withdraws from Olympic trials citing actions of an unnamed individualSwimming Australia has urged Maddie Groves to provide more information on allegations the athlete made after s…

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Team GB athletes will not face strict medal targets for Tokyo Olympics

Competition data is missing due to pandemicTeam GB aiming to take 375 athletes to GamesTeam GB’s athletes will not face medal targets for the Tokyo Olympics after it was revealed that its experts do not have enough data to make accurate forecasts, beca…

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Star swimmer Maddie Groves withdraws from Olympics as lesson to ‘misogynistic perverts’

The silver medallist said her decision to pull out of Olympic trials should ‘make them pervs quake in fear’Maddie Groves has pulled out of the Australian Olympic swimming trials just days before the event begins in Adelaide, saying her last-minute with…

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‘Claims could run into billions’: the interests at stake if Olympics in Japan were cancelled

IOC officials have avoided any mention of the commercial forces driving the Tokyo Games towards their 23 July opening dateThe least divisive statement in the saga surrounding Tokyo 2020 – assuming, as many people now do, that it will happen in just ove…

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IOC pledges to source doctors from all over globe to keep Tokyo Olympics safe

Offer comes amid concern of huge pressure on medical servicesNumber of spectators at Games to be decided by end of JuneThe International Olympic Committee has offered to source as many doctors and nurses as needed from around the globe to ensure the To…

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Team GB steps up Covid jab programme amid fears Japan will put UK on red list

BOA says 86% of athletes have had at least one vaccinationQuarantine periods may be extended before Tokyo Olympics The British Olympic Association has reacted to speculation that Japan could place the UK on its red list by revealing that 86% of Team GB…

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Becky Downie left out of British gymnastics squad for Tokyo Olympics

Silver medallist allowed extra trial after family tragedySister says ‘not a shock after way been treated this year’Becky Downie, who spoke out last year about “an environment of fear and mental abuse” at British Gymnastics, has been controversially lef…

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Mo Farah brushes off bad run and says he can defend Olympic 10,000m title

Briton ran 22 seconds outside qualifying time for TokyoFarah blames ‘niggle’ in left ankle for poor performanceIn elite sport there is often a fine line between defiance and delusion, and Mo Farah appeared to be skirting dangerously close to the latter…

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Alistair Brownlee disqualified for ‘ducking’ and faces Olympic omission

The 2012 and 2016 triathlon gold ‘pushed’ rival underwaterWinner Alex Yee set for second spot with Jonny BrownleeAlistair Brownlee’s hopes of winning a third successive Olympic title appear to be over after he was disqualified for “ducking” a rival dur…

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce runs second-quickest women’s 100m in history

Jamaica’s Fraser-Pryce clocks 10.63sec in KingstonOnly the late Florence Griffith Joyner has run fasterShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran the second-quickest 100m time by a woman to remind Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith she remains the one to beat at the Tokyo Ol…

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Bronte Campbell: ‘I’ve been injured for five years, half my swimming career’

Chronic injuries have fortified the Australian as she faces the tough task of qualifying for what would likely be her last OlympicsBronte Campbell is a bit fatalistic these days. “I think in a good way,” she clarifies. What she means is she has some we…

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Tokyo cornered into going ahead with Games, says Olympic official

Member of Japanese Olympic Committee criticises IOC and says Games will leave a ‘bitter taste’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA senior Japanese Olympic official has criticised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for ig…

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Ryan Lochte: ‘I was headed to a dark, dark place’

The second-most decorated swimmer in Olympic history became a global symbol of privilege in Rio en route to rock bottom. Now the 36-year-old father of two will try to reach a fifth GamesIt’s been a roller-coaster five years for Ryan Lochte, even accoun…

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US beach volleyball legend Kerri Walsh Jennings fails to make Olympics

Three-time Olympic champion loses vital qualifying matchKelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil will represent USA insteadThree-time beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings was defeated in her bid to reach a sixth Olympics when she and partner Brooke…

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US beach volleyball legend Kerri Walsh Jennings fails to make Olympics

Three-time Olympic champion loses vital qualifying matchKelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil will represent USA insteadThree-time beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings was defeated in her bid to reach a sixth Olympics when she and partner Brooke…

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Olympics will go ahead, says Tokyo Games chief, after Covid official voices concerns

Organisers remain bullish despite senior medical adviser saying holding Games during coronavirus pandemic was ‘not normal’See all our coronavirus coverageThe president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics organising committee, Seiko Hashimoto, has said the Games…

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Olympics will go ahead, says Tokyo Games chief, after Covid official voices concerns

Organisers remain bullish despite senior medical adviser saying holding Games during coronavirus pandemic was ‘not normal’See all our coronavirus coverageThe president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics organising committee, Seiko Hashimoto, has said the Games…

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Tokyo or bust? With 50 days to go, Olympics hang in the balance | Kieran Pender

The IOC is rolling the dice in a high-stakes game, but it remains possible that the bet will pay offThe American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote that the test of intelligence was being able to hold two opposing ideas in the mind at the same time …

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IOC holds Tokyo as Olympic hostage to fortune with grim Games ahead | Barry Glendenning

Beach volleyball in Rio was a riotous joy but how will it play when a city is essentially forced against its will to host the global event?You don’t get a great deal of down time as a jobbing hack at the Olympics but my schedule at the Rio Games meant …