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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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Mar 06

Eddie ‘the Eagle’ soars again: ski jumper returns 30 years after Calgary Olympics

Eddie Edwards, who charmed spectators at 1988 Winter Olympics despite finishing last, described successful landing of six jumps as ‘absolutely relief’

Nearly three decades after he finished last in two Olympic events – and charmed the world in the process – the British ski jumper Eddie “the Eagle” Edwards has again soared through the air in Calgary, Canada.

Related: Reappraising Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards: a dedicated athlete who made the best of his talent

Related: ‘World’s worst skier’: how it went downhill for Adrian Solano, Venezuela’s Eddie the Eagle

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Mar 06

Derek Ibbotson obituary

One of Britain’s top athletes who set a world record for the mile in 1957

The former world mile record holder Derek Ibbotson, who has died aged 84 after suffering from dementia, was one of British athletics’ leading lights of the 1950s and a winner of an Olympic bronze 5000m medal in the Melbourne Games of 1956. He was always hugely popular with fans, his smiling face instantly recognisable to a generation, and his easy, plain-speaking manner and warm Yorkshire accent made him a familiar voice on television and radio broadcasts of the time.

“Ibbo”, as he was always known, had fancied his chances of taking an Olympic gold medal in the 1500m. But his ambitions were thwarted when he was selected instead to run in the 5000m in Melbourne, where he finished third behind the Soviet runner Vladimir Kuts and his British teammate Gordon Pirie, and then watched in the stands as Ireland’s Ron Delany won the 1500m gold.

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Mar 03

Rio Olympics: Lamine Diack’s son ‘paid $2m by Brazilian’ as vote loomed

• Le Monde claims Papa Massata Diack received $2m just before IOC vote
• Diack Jr worked for IAAF while Diack Sr was president and IOC member

A Brazilian businessman gave $2m to the son of the Lamine Diack, the now disgraced former IAAF president and at the time also an IOC member, just three days before Rio won the right to host the 2016 Olympics, the French newspaper Le Monde has claimed.

Citing sources among French investigators, Le Monde said it had established concrete information that Pamodzi Consulting, a company founded by Papa Massata Diack, received a $1.5m payment from a holding company based in the British Virgin Islands. Diack Jr, at the time a marketing executive for the International Association of Athletics Federations, also received $500,000 from the same company, which was transferred to a bank account in Russia.

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Mar 01

Transgender-friendly toilets planned for 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

Tokyo’s city government is planning on installing gender-neutral bathrooms in at least seven of the 11 Olympic venues it is constructing for the 2020 Games

Tokyo’s metropolitan government is seeking to install gender-neutral public restrooms in the venues it is constructing for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

While daredemo toire (“everyone’s toilets”) suitable for either men or women have existed for several years in Japan, they have previously been designed as larger spaces designed to accommodate patrons in wheelchairs.

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Feb 28

Former Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut sells Olympic medals

‘The Sparrow from Minsk’, now a US citizen, who dazzled audiences at Munich in 1972 reported to be ‘almost destitute’

Olga Korbut,a former Soviet gymnast whose performances dazzled the world at the 1972 Munich Games, has sold her Olympic medals and other memorabilia after apparently falling into financial difficulty.

The US auction house Heritage Auctions confirmed that 32 lots, including two gold medals and a silver from those Games, changed hands for $333,500 (£268,400) in an online sale at the weekend.

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Feb 27

Olympic bidders face harsh reality of costs heavily outweighing benefits | Sean Ingle

The IOC may find fewer cities eager to host the Games with experts agreeing that staging the event is economically damaging despite a larger revenue cake

These days even the Olympics is going on the 5:2 diet. Less than 18 months ago, the politicians and panjandrams of Hamburg, Rome, Budapest, Paris and Los Angeles all craved the right to host the 2024 Games. Now, following Budapest’s withdrawal last week, only Paris and Los Angeles remain. But it is merely reflective of a bidding process that is getting worryingly slimmer.

Twelve cities fought over the 2004 Olympics. Yet only two were in the running for the 2022 Winter Olympics. And now here we are again. Even LA, one of the last pair standing for 2024, was a replacement for Boston after a concerted public campaign forced a rethink at the US Olympic Committee.

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

Related: Rio’s Olympic venues, six months on – in pictures

Related: Abandoned Athens Olympic 2004 venues, 10 years on – in pictures

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Feb 24

Only 7% in the UK inspired to take up sport by Olympics, study finds

• Result raises questions for UK Sport’s Olympic strategy
• Participation numbers in sport in England continue to fall

Questions over UK Sport’s Olympic strategy are likely to be raised again after a study found that only 7% of respondents said they had been inspired to take up sport by the Games.

One of the key pledges that led to London securing the 2012 Olympics was that the Games would inspire “millions” more young people to take part in sport. Before Tokyo 2020 the expressed strategy of UK Sport is to create “more medals and medallists to inspire the nation”. But despite 2012 and a record medal haul in Rio last summer, participation numbers in sport continue to fall and the idea of an effective legacy begins to look like a mirage.

Related: Olympic legacy failure: sports participation figures

Related: Does UK Sport’s funding work? How many medals do Team GB really need?

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Feb 22

Paris and Los Angeles tussle for 2024 Olympics after Budapest’s withdrawal

• Hungarian government spokesman confirms bid is now over
• ‘There is no point dragging out this process like strudel dough’

Hungary’s government announced on Wednesday it would withdraw Budapest’s bid to host the 2024 summer Olympics, citing a lack of political and national unity behind the application that it blamed on the opposition.

Bidding alongside powerhouses Los Angeles and Paris, Budapest had been considered a long-shot candidate, pinning its hopes on the International Olympic Committee’s Agenda 2020 initiative.

Related: Los Angeles Olympic bid likely to survive Trump immigration order furore

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

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Feb 21

UK goes for gold with ‘financial doping’ | Brief letters

Sports funding | Olympic spirit | Expats and migrants | Mammoths | Robot right to vote | Weetabix prize | Lardy buster

We are horrified when countries are found to have allowed their athletes to use drugs to improve their performance. The UK now seems to be using “financial doping” to give their athletes that extra edge (Sports cast adrift in drive for Olympic medals, Sport, 21 February). UK sport now seems to want “best medal success to make the nation proud” and blow all the athletes who might only be the fourth best at their sport in the world.
Ron Brewer
Old Buckenham, Norfolk

• Not winning but taking part; Baron de Coubertin must be spinning in his grave.
Chantal Legg

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Feb 21

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

With the funding body coming under increasing financial pressure, sports failing its podium test are being made to pay a heavier price

When Gail Emms was asked about UK Sport’s decision to reject the desperate pleas of seven sports, including GB Badminton, to be funded for the Tokyo Olympics, she was poetic in her response. “It’s like someone just taking your heart, your emotions, your dreams and basically tearing them up,” said Emms, a badminton silver medallist at the 2004 Olympics, with a sigh.

But UK Sport has a tin ear for poetry. Its language is cold, hard, medal-economics. Once it had decided in December that badminton – along with archery, fencing, goal ball, table tennis, weightlifting and wheelchair rugby – had little chance of winning any medals in 2020, any representations to the contrary were always likely to fall on deaf ears.

Related: GB Badminton ‘staggered’ after UK Sport rejects seven Tokyo funding appeals

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Feb 17

Usain Bolt’s chances of regaining 2008 relay gold and triple-treble still alive

• Nesta Carter challenges his doping verdict over 2008 4x100m gold
• Carter’s positive test had stripped Bolt and team of medal

The sprinter Nesta Carter has appealed against the decision to strip him and a Jamaican team featuring Usain Bolt of an Olympic 4x100m relay gold medal due to doping, the court of arbitration for sport has announced.

Carter tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after his anti-doping sample was reanalysed, meaning the entire Jamaican relay team lost their title. That included Bolt, meaning he could no longer claim to have done the triple-treble at the Olympics and is instead now an eight-time gold medallist.

Related: Usain Bolt stripped of 2008 Olympic relay gold after Nesta Carter fails drug test

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Feb 13

Life as a Muslim-American Olympic champion: ‘Travel has become a worry’

Dalilah Muhammad brought home gold for the US in the 400m hurdles in Rio. But she describes the current political situation under Donald Trump as ‘insane’

When she slowed to a stop in the Olympic stadium on that warm night in Rio, Dalilah Muhammad knew life would never quite be the same.

The New Yorker had just won Olympic gold in the 400m hurdles, catapulting herself into a limelight she never anticipated, offering her a platform she never expected. In the six months since, she has kept her counsel on the issues dividing her country, but now she feels it’s time to make her voice heard.

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