Martha Kelner

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Oct 20

British Cycling’s Julie Harrington: ‘Jess speaking out has been the catalyst for change’

Chief executive of British cycling is confident she can oversee a change of culture, after the bullying and sexism allegations, without damaging the medal countJulie Harrington is watching youngsters hurtle round the BMX track inside the National Cycli…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/20/british-cycling-julie-harrington-jess-catalyst-change

Oct 14

GB para-swimming coach left police after ‘mocking disabled person’

• Rob Greenwood alleged to have made jokes at takeaway restaurant• He was working for Lancashire police in 2002The coach who is at the centre of the Paralympic swimming bullying scandal resigned from a previous job with the police after it was alleged …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/14/rob-greenwood-gb-para-swimming-coach-police-mocking-disabled

Oct 11

Para-swimmers bullied and verbally abused in coach’s ‘climate of fear’

• British Swimming takes rare step of apologising• UK sport looking at independent report which spoke to 13 athletesThe duty of care scandal engulfing Olympic and Paralympic sport has plunged to a new low as British Swimming admitted disabled swimmers,…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/12/paraswimmers-verbally-abused-by-coach-climate-fear

Oct 10

Aiba’s Wu Ching-kuo suspended after financial mismanagement claims

• Controversial president accused of running up 15m Swiss francs debt• Return of Wu Ching-kuo considered highly unlikelyThe controversial leader of amateur boxing’s governing body, Aiba, has been suspended from his role after allegations of “financial …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/10/aiba-president-wu-ching-kuo-suspended

Oct 06

IOC suspends Carlos Nuzman after gold bar corruption allegation

• Rio 2016 chief involved in commission organising Tokyo 2020 Olympics
• Brazilian police accused 75-year-old of involvement in alleged bribery

The International Olympic Committee has suspended the head of the Rio Games after his arrest on bribery and fraud charges linked to a bid vote-buying scandal, which he denies.

Carlos Nuzman, 75, was involved in a commission organising the Tokyo 2020 Olympics but has been removed from the role after Brazilian police accused him of involvement in alleged bribery of IOC members to vote for the Rio Games during campaigning in 2009. Because he is president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee that body has also been suspended, meaning any IOC payments are frozen and its right to vote on Olympic-related matters is revoked.

Related: Usada chief Travis Tygart urges IOC to ban Russia from Winter Olympics

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/06/ioc-suspends-rio-2016-chief-carlos-nuzman

Sep 26

Premier League TV rights: Simon Green backs BT to fend off Silicon Valley threat

BT Sport’s main man doubts digital giants such as Facebook, Amazon and Netflix are ready to try and muscle into the broadcasting-rights market

If Simon Green is concerned about the prediction that Premier League TV rights are about to get billions of pounds more expensive then he is not showing it. The head of BT Sport is noticeably anxious but only because it is the broadcaster’s busiest live night in history.

At its cavernous studios on an industrial park in east London, runners and producers buzz around as Gary Lineker records the opening sequence, pausing briefly to pose for a photograph for his Instagram feed. It is the first round of the Champions League with Chelsea, Manchester United and Celtic all at home and a crack team of pundits assembled. Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand are already in makeup with Steven Gerrard hurrying down from Liverpool slightly later because he has been coaching the club’s under-18 team.

Related: Sky faces paying extra £1.8bn for Premier League broadcast rights

Related: New Sky thinking: how the Premier League revolution was televised | Scott Murray

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/sep/26/premier-league-tv-rights-simon-green-bt-silicon-valley

Sep 19

Rio Ferdinand comes out fighting after move into boxing raises eyebrows

The former England footballer believes boxing can give him a new focus and has dismissed those who claim the move is a PR stunt

London’s York Hall is an East End institution where champions like Lennox Lewis and Audley Harrison honed their craft. The decor is charmingly worn, paint chipping and curtains fraying, but authenticity was somewhat lacking as Betfair moved in its branding on Tuesday.

Rio Ferdinand, flanked by the bookmaker’s communications head, Barry Orr, insisted his move into the fight game at the age of 38 was a genuine sporting endeavour. Orr said Ferdinand’s health was the company’s primary concern, not a significant boost in brand awareness from having its name attached to one of the country’s most recognisable sportsmen.

Related: Rio Ferdinand confirms move into boxing: ‘It’s a challenge I’m not taking lightly’

Related: Game changers: Rio Ferdinand and the stars who swapped sports

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/sep/19/rio-ferdinand-comes-out-fighting-boxing-barry-hearn

Sep 13

Fresh claims that Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid teams bought votes

• Central figure in scandal ‘bought expensive jewellery’ days after each vote
• Revelations come on day 2024 Games awarded to Paris and 2028 to LA

On the day that the International Olympic Committee had hoped all eyes would be on Lima and the awarding of the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Games, it risked further embarrassment as fresh claims emerged surrounding the alleged buying of votes by bid teams for the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Related: ‘The biggest lie in the history of world sport’: Diack dismisses corruption allegations

Related: London 2012 team insist bid for right to host Olympics was clean

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/13/olympic-allegations-rio-tokyo-bid-teams-bought-votes

Sep 07

Premier League clubs vote to close transfer window before start of season

• Change will be brought in for start of 2018-19 season after vote
• Manchester City and United among five clubs who voted against

Premier League clubs have voted narrowly in favour of closing the transfer window before the start of the domestic season, coming into force ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

The summer transfer window will now shut at 5pm on the Thursday before the first game of the season, with the change affecting only incoming signings. The Premier League is the first European elite division to abandon the deadline on or around 31 August, meaning clubs elsewhere in Europe will be able to buy their players but no replacements could be signed.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/sep/07/premier-league-clubs-transfer-window-before-start-season

Sep 06

London 2012 team insist bid for right to host Olympics was clean

• Sebastian Coe confident ‘nothing embarrassing’ will be found after Brazil raids
• Doubts grow over awarding of Sochi 2014, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Games

The London 2012 bid team have defended themselves against any suggestion of corruption, insisting they are “as close to certain as possible” the right to host the Olympics in the capital was won cleanly.

Related: Rio Games vote-winner questioned by police over ‘rigged bidding process’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/06/london-2012-team-insist-bid-for-right-to-host-olympics-was-clean

Jul 30

London 2017 world championships: how stadium has changed since Olympics

More noise, football branding, better conditions for athletes and the same old lousy food are among the descriptions from those involved in London 2012

Chairman of London 2017 bid committee and former chairman of UK Athletics (2007-May 2017)

Related: Adam Gemili claims he raced at trials with injury after selectors’ ultimatum

Related: Niels de Vos says future is bright as London prepares for Bolt and company

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/30/london-2017-world-championships-how-stadium-changed-olympics-2012

Jul 24

Amateur boxing’s president set to be forced out amid financial turmoil

• Allegations of financial irregularities at world governing body Aiba
• Motion of no confidence passed against its president, Wu Ching-kuo

The president of amateur boxing’s governing body, Aiba, is set to be ousted from his position with instability and financial turmoil growing at the organisation.

Wu Ching-kuo will be asked to step down after 13 members voted to pass a motion of no confidence in the president with a further two abstaining from voting at a meeting of executive committee members in Moscow on Monday. There will also be an extraordinary congress in the coming months where Wu will be asked to explain alleged financial irregularities at the organisation, concerns first raised by individuals speaking to the Guardian.

Related: Aiba ‘risks bankruptcy’ as civil war erupts at top of amateur boxing

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/24/amateur-boxing-president-to-be-forced-out-financial-turmoil-aiba-wu-ching-kuo

Jul 18

British Cycling set to put £43m funding at risk with reform vote rejection

• British Cycling on the brink of failing to push through its governance reforms
• Pressure group claims organisation is run only for track and road cycling

British Cycling is on the brink of failing to push through its governance reforms, putting £43m of Sport England and UK Sport funding in serious doubt.

It is understood that it will fail to reach the required 75% majority vote in favour of the reforms at an emergency general meeting of British Cycling’s national council on Saturday.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/18/british-cycling-funding-risk-reform-vote-rejection

Jul 05

General public is losing faith in scandal-ridden sports, survey claims

• Results suggest fans in Britain have least confidence in football
• And 74% say sports put making money ahead of providing entertainment

A string of doping and corruption scandals have left one third of British people with even less confidence in sport than they had a year ago, according to a survey.

Faith in administrators who run sporting organisations and the athletes themselves has been corroded by further revelations of corruption within Fifa and the doping suspicions that continue to dog Team Sky and Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Related: Fifa report claims FFA made ‘improper payments’ in 2022 World Cup bid

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/05/public-faith-sport-low-corruption-doping-sacndals-survey

Jun 28

UK Sport faces revolt from 11 sports governing bodies over funding cuts

• ‘Disenfranchised’ sports criticise obsession with medal targets
• Governing bodies of badminton, basketball and fencing among critics

A mass rebellion is set to put UK Sport under further pressure to reform, with 11 national governing bodies of sports calling for a major overhaul in how the funding agency allocates lottery and exchequer money.

The Guardian understands the governing bodies will claim the spirit of sport has been obscured by what is seen as UK Sport’sgrowing obsession with medal targets over the past decade.

Related: Ed Warner wants to call time on UK Sport’s ‘win at all costs’ approach

Related: Sports are cut adrift in the drive for British Olympic medals | Sean Ingle

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/28/uk-sport-revolt-11-governing-bodies-funding-cuts

Jun 26

Sky cricket-rights duel with BT to yield over £1bn with BBC set for live return

• Final offers to be submitted this week for deal running from 2020 to 2024
• Rights have been split into five packages expected to bring in £250m per year

A big money battle between Sky and BT is likely to push the broadcasting deal for English cricket past the £1bn mark and put the BBC in pole position to secure the free-to-air rights put up for sale by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Final offers have to be submitted to Lord’s between 9am and 10am on Wednesday following a month during which the ECB has received presentations by broadcasters bidding for the rights deal which will run between 2020 and 2024.

Related: County cricket: Yorkshire v Surrey and more as day-night matches begin – live!

Related: England women curtail social media activity during World Cup

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/26/cricket-tv-rights-bt-sky-bbc-ecb