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Jul 25

Cricket is on the verge of making its application for Olympic inclusion

The approval of India is needed before a bid can be put forward but Olympic status would help the sport’s image become more global and less colonial

For all that the Olympic Games has become a byword for corruption and greed, it is challenged by only the football World Cup in terms of global popularity. Inclusion brings exposure to new audiences and opens up cash from national governments and the International Olympic Committee itself. That is why rugby and golf rejoined in Rio last year and the World Squash Federation president was “heartbroken” to learn that squash would not feature in 2020.

Cricket has long been unique among major sports in its reticence about joining the Olympic Games: an oddity that speaks of the sport’s conservatism and the historic lack of concern of its largest members for increasing the sport’s global footprint.

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Jul 25

Paralysed Olympic BMX rider Sam Willoughby progresses to a crawl

  • London Games silver medallist constantly improving in rehabilitation
  • But Australian accepts his racing days are over

Australian Olympian Sam Willoughby says his recovery from the BMX cycling crash that paralysed him continues positively, but he accepts his racing days are over, focusing on walking fiancée Alise Post down the aisle when they marry on 31 December.

Related: A public lottery in Australia could be a good thing – and deliver more than Olympic gold | Martin Farrer

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Jul 24

Women’s World Cup moves cricket closer to Olympic return in 2024

• Popularity of women’s tournament has helped sway the ICC and the IOC
• India’s BCCI will meet on Wednesday to discuss its support, seen as vital

The success of the Women’s World Cup won by England on Sunday and watched by millions around the globe has propelled cricket closer to a return to the Olympic Games in 2024. The International Cricket Council is determined to capitalise on recent advances in the women’s game and push on with a bid for Twenty20 competitions, for both genders, to be included. Agreement with the Games is considered closer than ever.

After the World Cup, the ICC recognises how cricket featuring in the Olympics would give the women’s game even greater profile and open up new funding from national governments. There is stronger support for the concept among the ICC’s 104 members than ever before, recognising the opportunity that the Olympics presents.

Related: England Women’s World Cup cricket triumph will prove ‘watershed moment’

Related: Thrilling England win in World Cup final is great advert for women’s game | Vic Marks

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Jul 19

The Olympian who swapped Team GB hockey for ice hockey in Basingstoke

Great Britain’s all-time top goalscorer, Ashley Jackson, has given up a pro career and a place in the Tokyo 2020 squad to pursue his first love: ice hockey

By Jonathan Drennan for Behind the Lines, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Three-time Olympian Ashley Jackson is about to begin another gruelling pre-season, but for the first time in many years he is excited about a fresh, different challenge. Jackson is Great Britain’s all-time top goalscorer in field hockey, but he has not joined the Olympic squad as they prepare for Tokyo 2020. He has left field hockey behind, for now, to focus on his first love: ice hockey.

Jackson is considered one of the finest hockey players in the world. He made his international debut aged 17 and two years later became the first Englishman to win the FIH young player of the year award. A relative rarity in his chosen sport, the 29-year-old was able to compete as a professional in leagues across the world while building a storied international career. So his decision to play semi-pro ice hockey for Basingstoke Bison has surprised many.

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Jul 15

Russian doping mastermind benefited from London 2012 drugs ‘preview’

• Grigory Rodchenkov was invited to inspect laboratory before Games
• ‘Without this, all Russian doping situation will be collapsed’

The mastermind behind the Russian doping programme has revealed that he was able to corrupt the London 2012 Olympics only because he was invited to Britain by organisers and shown how they planned to catch cheats.

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Related: Russia orchestrated state-sponsored doping cover-up, says Wada report

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Jul 15

Ryan Lochte cleared of criminal false robbery report charge in Rio incident

Appellate court in Brazil dismisses criminal case against US swimmerLochte had been charged with falsely reporting a crime to authoritiesRyan Lochte has been cleared of falsely communicating a crime to authorities for his role in vandalizing a gas stat…

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Jul 11

Olympics: IOC prepares to award next two Games to Paris and Los Angeles

• Decision on 2024 and 2028 Olympics to be made in September
• IOC seeks ‘tri-partite’ agreement to cover three contingencies

The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday voted in favour of awarding hosting rights for the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games at the same session in September, pending agreements with Paris and Los Angeles.

They are the only cities left in the race to stage the 2024 Games and the IOC will next seek a “tri-partite” agreement.

Related: Los Angeles has the perfect chance to push back against a troubled IOC

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Jul 03

Caster Semenya could be forced to undertake hormone therapy for future Olympics

Study shows performance-boosting effects of testosterone in female athletes, reopening controversial debate about intersex and hyperandrogenous competitors

Caster Semenya, the Olympic 800m champion, may be banned from competing at future Games unless she undergoes hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or even surgery in the wake of a landmark study into athletes with raised testosterone levels which has just been published.

The International Association of Athletics Federations, the world governing body, commissioned research which has produced the most conclusive evidence yet that female athletes with very high levels of naturally occurring testosterone receive significant performance-enhancing benefits in competition.

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Related: What is an intersex athlete? Explaining the case of Caster Semenya

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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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Jun 21

Team GB athletes unlikely to receive reallocated medals this summer

• Goldie Sayers says she will be ‘gutted’ not to get 2008 Olympic bronze
• Legal challenges jeopardise London ceremony in August

Goldie Sayers will be “gutted” if she is one of the British athletes robbed of the chance to receive medals denied to them by drug cheats at a special ceremony at the world championships in London in August.

Organisers have offered to host extra ceremonies for Sayers and other British athletes, including Jessica Ennis-Hill, Jo Pavey and Kelly Sotherton, who also missed out on medals at Olympic Games and world championships owing to athletes subsequently found to have taken performance-enhancing drugs. Yet because of legal challenges it appears unlikely the reallocation of medals will happen before 10 August, when the ceremonies are due to take place.

Related: Jessica Ennis-Hill and Jo Pavey in line for special London medals ceremony

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Jun 18

Forget dancing horses, surfing and BMX – the Olympic Games need eSports

eSports can be the spark for the International Olympic Committee to update the Olympic Games and reach a larger, more diverse audience

If we have learned anything from the previous few Olympics, it is that the Games are going through an identity crisis. Rocked by a doping scandal and with an older audience than ever, the International Olympic Committee is attempting to rehabilitate its image by appealing to a disinterested youth.

With sports such as BMX freestyle and baseball taking their place alongside archaic remnants from the age of imperialism, like modern pentathlon and dressage, it is difficult to know what or who the Olympics represent anymore. If the IOC is serious about joining the brave new world that seems to have passed it by and more importantly if it wants to keep its sponsors happy, it needs to make serious changes – starting with introducing eSports.

Related: The rise of eSports: are addiction and corruption the price of its success?

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Jun 16

McDonald’s pulls out of Olympics contract to end 41-year sponsorship

• US fast-food giant, an IOC partner since 1976, had deal to Tokyo 2020
• McDonald’s quits three years early ‘to focus on different priorities’

The US fast-food giant McDonald’s has ended its 41-year-long sponsorship with the International Olympic Committee, pulling out of its contract three years early.

Related: Olympics 2020: three-on-three basketball among five extra sports in Tokyo

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Jun 13

Mike Tancred admits threatening former Australian Olympic chief Fiona De Jong

Former media director publicly apologises for ‘hurtful’ and ‘inappropriate’ conduct during conversation in December

Mike Tancred, the Australian Olympic Committee’s long-time media director, has admitted using threatening behaviour towards the organisation’s former chief executive Fiona De Jong and issued a public apology to her.

Tancred, who stepped down from his role with the AOC, was investigated by an independent committee after complaints of bullying were made by de Jong last year.

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Jun 12

Canoeing sexual assault allegations leave UK Sport facing up to a crisis | Martha Kelner

Cycling’s bullying culture has already rocked UK Sport, but with swimming, taekwondo and now canoeing revealing their own problems they find themselves with even more questions to answer

The debate over whether medals have been prized over morals in Olympic sport has been escalated by the revelation that talented young women training with a view to sporting glory now allege they were sexually abused in pursuit of their dream.

British Canoeing and the police are currently investigating the claims. These were sportswomen who put their trust in a coach who they claim took advantage of them in the most deplorable way. Once more it gives rise to serious questions about duty of care for athletes, a discussion which will reignite on Wednesday with the long awaited publication of the independent report into the culture at British Cycling that was sparked by claims of bullying and discrimination first made by the cyclist Jess Varnish.

Related: Police investigate suspended GB Canoeing coach after child grooming and sexual assault claims

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Jun 12

Michael Jordan’s Olympic Converse sell for record six-figure sum at auction

Shoes from 1984 gold medal match in Los Angeles fetch $190,373 Thought to be last time Jordan wore Converse in an official gameA pair of game-worn Michael Jordan sneakers sold at auction for $190,373 on Sunday, setting a record for game-used shoes. The…

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Jun 09

Olympics 2020: three-on-three basketball among five extra sports in Tokyo

• IOC announces plans to make 2020 Olympics ‘more youthful and urban’
• Emphasis also put on introducing more events for female competitiors

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced radical changes to the event programme for Tokyo 2020 to make the Games “more youthful, more urban and will include more women”.

It was already known that Tokyo would have five more sports than Rio, taking the total to 33, but the existing 28 sports have been given 15 more events.

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