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Apr 25

John Coates denies AOC bullying and claims vindictive campaign against him

Australian Olympic Committee president says coordinated campaign to damage him personally is being waged with election loomingJohn Coates says he is victim of a vindictive campaign to oust him as Australian Olympic Committee president. Before the 6 May…

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Apr 24

Kelly Sotherton set to be upgraded to another Olympic bronze medal

• IOC disqualifies Tatyana Chernova over testing positive for steroid
• British heptathlete already promoted to bronze in 2008 4x400m relay

Britain’s Kelly Sotherton is set to be upgraded to her third Olympic bronze medal. The development comes as a result of the International Olympic Committee disqualifying the Russian hepathlete Tatyana Chernova for testing positive for a steroid at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

Chernova’s positive is only the latest in a long line from the IOC’s reanalysis of stored anti-doping samples from the 2008 and 2012 Games.

So I’ve just this second found out I’m THREE TIMES OLYMPIC MEDALIST

Related: Jo Pavey to receive bronze for 2007 world championships … 10 years late

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Apr 24

Anyika Onuora: the untold story of Britain’s Rio Olympic medal winner who nearly died

Ten months before Anyika Onuora won bronze with the GB 4x400m team in 2016 she was in hospital with life-threatening malaria. Here she tells of her survival and comeback for the first time

“Honestly, it feels like therapy,” Anyika Onuora says with a light laugh. Ninety minutes after she began her incredible and previously unknown story, the Olympic medal-winning 400m runner sounds relieved. “I’ve been hesitant to talk about this for such a long time because I don’t like sympathy or attention. I’ve always just got on with things.”

Related: US glory in women’s 4x100m relay but hope springs for Team GB after bronze

I wanted to cry but it was too painful. I started shaking uncontrollably. I honestly thought: ‘I’m going to die.’

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Apr 24

Australian Olympic Committee calls crisis meeting after allegations of threats

Meeting comes days after complaints were made about a senior AOC employee and backer of John CoatesThe Australian Olympic Committee has called a crisis meeting after damaging allegations of threats, entrenched bullying and a toxic workplace culture.The…

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Apr 23

Stadium deals, corruption and bribery: the questions at the heart of Brazil’s Olympic and World Cup ‘miracle’

The two mega-events were framed as a reason for Brazilians to be proud of a modern and forward-looking country; instead the economy has been shattered and a supreme court investigation keeps unearthing unsavoury allegations

With their hands up in the air, ministers, four-star generals and International Olympic Committee officials danced to famous samba tunes at the closing ceremony of the Rio Games last August. While carnival was taking over the Maracanã Stadium, politicians hugged each other in the VIP area. It was a moment of relief, after seven years of tension and controversies. The confetti falling over their heads served as a curtain, closing the Rio 2016 Olympics on a high note.

But the drums could not hush up the investigations into allegations of massive bribes related to the two sport events – the World Cup and the Olympics – that were to be used as a joint endeavour to present to the world a new image of Brazil: a modern country, sophisticated and, above all, responsible.

Related: What is Rio’s Olympic legacy?

Related: Blame it on the IOC: its profiteering Olympics has never looked more exploitative | Marina Hyde

Related: Brazil’s corruption inquiry list names all the power players – except the president

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Apr 13

AOC’s annual report details $40,000 pay rise for John Coates

  • Coates’ position as AOC president is currently being challenged
  • Rival Danni Roche says she will cut president’s salary to $100,000

Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates received a $40,000 pay rise last year, part of $300,000 in extra remuneration for senior AOC figures.

The figures contained in the 2016 AOC annual report, made public late on Wednesday afternoon, will be ammunition for Danni Roche who will challenge Coates for the presidency at the AOC’s AGM on 6 May.

Related: Seven newcomers throw hats into ring to become AOC executives

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Apr 07

USA’s Dawn Staley completes her CV and career opportunities continue to knock | Richard Williams

Three-times Olympic gold medallist has progressed from a brilliant point guard to NCAA championship-winning coach with the South Carolina women basketball team and will take charge of the USA Olympic side at Tokyo 2020

Among the small handful of warm memories from the Atlanta Olympics, Dawn Staley stands out. Her combination of gnarly competitiveness and glorious skills – a repertoire of feints, no-look passes and behind-the-back smuggles (her “signature play”, she said) – made the little point guard of the USA women’s basketball team a compelling figure as she and her colleagues swept to victory.

At the time she was a woman playing what many still saw as a man’s game. In later years I was reminded of her playmaking skills while watching Marta, the great No10 of the Brazil women’s football team, and of her focused aggression when Nicole Adams became the first woman to win a gold medal in the Olympic boxing tournament.

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Apr 07

Claressa Shields: from Flint to Olympic gold – in pictures

Like all the best boxing stories, a new book about the only American ever to win two golds at the Olympics for the sport isn’t really about boxing. Zackary Canepari has followed Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields for years on her inspiring journey from her hometown of Flint, Michigan, to Olympic success. He also has documented the life of her sister, Briana, who got pregnant as a teenager and remains in Flint. REX is published by Contrasto

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Apr 07

Olympic marathon gold medal winner Sumgong tests positive for EPO

• IAAF confirms positive ‘no-notice’ test for Rio 2016 marathon winner
• Kenyan became first from her country to win gold in the event

Jemima Sumgong, who last year became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic gold in the marathon, tested positive for the banned blood-booster EPO in an out-of-competition test carried out by the IAAF in February, the sport’s governing body said on Thursday.

“The IAAF can confirm that an anti-doping rule violation case concerning Jemima Sumgong has commenced this week,” the IAAF said in a statement.

Related: Athletes’ medical data at risk after IAAF suffers alleged Fancy Bears cyber attack

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Apr 06

Seven newcomers throw hats into ring to become AOC executives

  • Eleven nominations in total for seven positions
  • AOC annual general meeting in May to decide executive team

Triple Olympic hockey gold medallist Rechelle Hawkes is among seven fresh candidates seeking a spot on the Australian Olympic Committee’s executive.

With Danni Roche bidding to topple incumbent John Coates as AOC president, Hawkes and a batch of other former Olympians have thrown their hats into the ring for election to the executive.

Related: Rio Olympic venues already falling into a state of disrepair

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Mar 30

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

• Athletics chief says medal obsession is ‘unhealthy’
• He wants funding reprieve for badminton and wheelchair rugby

Ed Warner, the UK Athletics chairman, has called for the end of UK Sport’s “no compromise” approach, saying that “it has had its time” and that the relentless pursuit of Olympic medals should be replaced by a more nuanced policy, in which sports such as basketball are also funded for the positive impact they have on society.

Warner suggested that a “fundamental review” into elite funding was also needed following the bullying allegations and governance problems that have engulfed British Cycling, as well as the unpopular decision to strip all money from badminton and wheelchair rugby.

Related: Email throws fresh light on British Cycling’s burying of bullying

Related: Team GB cycling head coach hits back at rivals questioning Olympic success

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Mar 30

Cricket may feature at 2024 Olympic Games, says ICC chief executive

• David Richardson confirms majority of members back applying for inclusion
• Cricket last featured at 1900 Paris Games, with only Great Britain and France

The prospect of cricket appearing at the Olympics for the first time in 124 years inched a step closer on Thursday when the International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson confirmed that the majority of his members back applying to the International Olympic Committee for the sport to be included in the 2024 Games.

Related: Olympic Games and cricket are a difficult match to make | Mike Selvey

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Mar 22

2024 only chance for Paris Olympics, says bid chairman – video

The co-president of Paris’s 2014 Olympic bid, Tony Estanguet, says that while he is supportive of the mood within the IOC to award the locations of both the 2024 and the 2028 Olympic Games in September, the French capital will not be in the running for the latter

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Mar 21

Paris 2024 Olympic bid will be 100% clean, promises Tony Estanguet

• Paris bid chief guarantees there will be no bribes in battle with Los Angeles
• Estanguet says Paris will bid for 2024 Games only: ‘it’s now or never’

The leader of Paris’s bid for the 2024 Olympics has promised he can “100% guarantee” none of his team will accept or offer bribes for votes in September’s election – and backed the International Olympic Committee to clean up a voting process that has been blackened by a series of scandals.

In recent months both the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic bids have been linked with illegal payments for votes on the eve of previous elections. However, Tony Estanguet, a three-times Olympic canoeing champion and an IOC member, said Paris would prefer to lose to its sole rival Los Angeles in the September election in Lima, Peru, than to commit any wrongdoing.

Related: Japanese Olympics golf course bows to pressure on female membership

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Mar 20

Japanese Olympics golf course bows to pressure on female membership

Kasumigaseki country club to scrap rules stopping women playing on Sundays after IOC threatens to cut Tokyo 2020 statusThe Japanese golf club at the centre of a sexism row has bowed to pressure from Olympic officials and will overturn restrictions on f…

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Mar 17

Fukushima to host Tokyo Olympics events to help recovery from nuclear disaster

Some baseball and softball events will be held about 70km from nuclear power plant that suffered triple meltdown in 2011

Fukushima has been chosen to host baseball and softball matches at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, organisers said on Friday, a move they hope will boost the region’s recovery from the March 2011 nuclear disaster.

Azuma baseball stadium, about 70km north-west of the ruined Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, will host at least one baseball game – possibly the opening match – and one or more softball fixtures, according to Yoshiro Mori, the 2020 organising committee president.

Related: Dying robots and failing hope: Fukushima clean-up falters six years after tsunami

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