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UK Sport urged to change funding model for Olympic and Paralympic Games

• Dozen disenfranchised sports call for less emphasis on medals• Badminton England and Wheelchair Rugby among the 12The governing bodies of 12 British sports have demanded an end to a funding policy that puts Olympic medals above all else.Describing th…

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Steve Redgrave: ‘I feared diabetes would end my rowing career’

The five-time Olympic gold medallist discusses competing after his diagnosis – and breaking down barriers for othersWhen Sir Steve Redgrave was diagnosed with diabetes 20 years ago at the age of 35, he thought it would mean the end of his rowing career…

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Goodbye Olympicopolis, hello East Bank: more plans unveiled for troubled site

Plans for a cultural hub at the Olympic park have been relaunched under Sadiq Khan, and include an east London outpost of the V&A. But will it draw the crowds? Trapped in a purgatory of masterplans, consultations and yet more plans, east London’s Q…

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‘Immense pressure’: Ian Thorpe calls for an end to medal targets

‘It’s not beneficial,’ says former Olympic champion Hopes to influence change on athletes’ mental healthIan Thorpe has called for change with how sporting bodies approach major competitions like the Olympics in a bid to ease the burden on athletes. The…

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Olympic success under threat from funding cuts, says UK Sport chair

• Dame Katherine Grainger warns of implications of budget cuts• Finances are set to get tighter for 2020-2024 Olympic cycleDame Katherine Grainger, the chair of UK Sport, has warned that Britain’s extraordinary record of Olympic and Paralympic success …

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David Lammy: ‘London’s joy had turned into despair’

David Lammy recalls the 24 hours in July 2005 when he celebrated the city’s Olympics bid – then learned that a friend had died in the terrorist attacksI’ll never forget when it was announced that London would host the Olympics. A grey afternoon in Traf…

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Lawmakers choke back tears, rail at US Olympic leaders at emotional hearing

USA Gymnastics CEO apologizes for abuse: ‘Those days are over’One lawmaker fights back tears at emotionally charged hearingLawmakers used an emotionally charged House subcommittee hearing to get answers about what they portrayed as the US Olympic Commi…

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Whistleblowers’ fears revealed in landmark UK Sport report

‘Culture health check’ shows widespread pride but reports almost a third of Olympic athletes fear reprisals for speaking outThe optimistic tone of the UK Sport hierarchy as they presented the results of what they called a “culture health check” has rar…

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Butterfly by Yusra Mardini review – the refugee swimmer whose story swept the world

Trained relentlessly by her father in Syria, Mardini helped steer a people-laden dinghy to safety, then competed in the OlympicsWhen, at the 2016 Rio Olympics, five women stepped on to the starting blocks for the first heat of the 100m butterfly, one s…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/09/butterfly-yusra-mardini-review-refugee-swimmer-syria-olympics

Olympic hero Katie Ledecky set to make professional debut in Indianapolis

Five-time Olympic champion will make pro debut next weekLedecky announced in March she was forgoing amateur eligibilityKatie Ledecky will make her professional swimming debut at a Pro Series meet in Indianapolis next week. Related: For the remarkable K…

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AOC president John Coates takes aim at ‘arsonists’ in fiery AGM address

Australian Olympic Committee chief in no mood for AGM olive branchesCoates’ 27-year tenure reaffirmed with May 2017 re-electionAustralian Olympic Committee president John Coates has taken aim at “barbarians” and “arsonists” while defending himself in a…

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North Korea to take part in Tokyo Olympics, IOC chief says

Thomas Bach says Kim Jong-un fully supports North Korea’s continuing role following Pyeongchang Winter GamesThe International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, says Kim Jong-un is committed to having North Korea participate in the 2020 Tokyo Su…

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Boris promises a bloody nose in response to poisoning | John Crace

The foreign secretary threatens Russia with robust action if it had a hand in Sergei Skripal caseIt began with a bloody nose and ended as war. Boris Johnson had shambled his way into the House of Commons several minutes late looking rather the worse fo…

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Sir Roger Bannister, British athlete who broke four-minute mile – video obituary

Sir Roger Bannister, the first athlete to break the four-minute mile, has died aged 88. At the time many people had though his achievement – posting a time of three minutes, 59.4 seconds in 1954 – a near-impossible feat. Sir Roger Bannister obitua…

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Sir Roger Bannister obituary

First athlete to run a mile in under four minutes and an eminent neurologistOn a blustery spring evening in Oxford in the 1950s, Roger Bannister, who has died aged 88, became an athlete of world renown, establishing himself as the most celebrated Briti…

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USOC CEO Scott Blackmun resigns for health reasons in wake of Nassar scandal

60-year-old had faced calls to quit after gymnastics abuse caseBlackmun has been receiving treatment for prostate cancerThe US Olympic Committee chief executive Scott Blackmun is resigning for health reasons, the organization said on Wednesda…

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