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Peng Shuai needs more than ‘quiet diplomacy’. If she can be silenced, no Chinese athletes are safe

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When I first experienced abuse as an athlete, I made a vow to myself to never tell anyone. Ever. I was worried that I wouldn’t be believed, but also the thought that anyone would know me as a “victim” mortified me. On...

New UK Athletics chair to give athletes direct say in how governing body is run

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The new UK Athletics chair, Ian Beattie, has said the management exodus that occurred on his first day in post has “opened up an opportunity to move forward” and draw a line under the past 18 months of turmoil in the ...

Unvaccinated athletes unlikely to get visas to enter Australia, says Victorian premier

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Unvaccinated tennis players and other athletes are unlikely to get visas to enter Australia, Victoria’s premier Daniel Andrew has said, putting Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open title defence and bid for the grand slam...

Michael Johnson: ‘You’re going to see athletes protesting the centres of power’

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Michael Johnson had not yet been alive for a year when Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood atop the 1968 Olympic podium in Mexico City with their gloved fists in the air in salute of Black Power, a defining moment of a...

Rapinoe among 500 athletes urging US supreme court to protect abortion rights

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A group of prominent women athletes, including soccer star Megan Rapinoe and basketball standouts Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird, on Monday urged the US supreme court to protect abortion rights in a case involving Mississ...

Several Team GB athletes approach Coe over ‘catastrophic’ UK Athletics regime

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Several of Britain’s top track and field stars have told Sebastian Coe they are at breaking point with the current regime at UK Athletics and have made a plea to him to intervene. Multiple sources have told the Guardi...

World Athletics’ rules threaten to leave more female athletes stuck in limbo

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Christine Mboma runs the 200 metres like no other elite sprinter in history. Her start is sluggish. Her drive phase needs work. But then her legs begin to whirr … and suddenly whoosh! One, two, three, four opponents a...

‘This is our final’: the team who led athletes’ escape from Afghanistan

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“We have been working like fingers on one hand, with different roles, and we came together as a big strong punch,” says the former captain and one of the founders of the Afghanistan women’s national football team, Kha...

Should top college athletes earn $800,000 a year? Some believe so

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For Martin Jenkins and other members of the 2014 Clemson Tigers football team, it was a simple rallying cry, but others saw a financial opportunity. The three-word phrase – “We too deep” – began as an internal mantra,...

Anti-vaxx athletes’ stance show myths cut across boundaries of privilege

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A few years ago, I was in India on an England cricket tour, watching net practice. It was a baking hot day at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi, and for the observing media the only available shade was next to a s...

‘They feel hugely privileged’: Spirits high among ParalympicsGB athletes

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Ali Jawad posted a picture of himself on a table top this weekend. Mask on, power shake to hand, Jawad’s arms were raised in celebration. The British powerlifter, who was born without legs and also deals with the debi...

‘You’re feeding them like athletes’: how I tasted success selling raw dog food

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Not many dogs can claim to have a business named after them but, long before Bruno, a collie-lurcher cross, had his name above a shop, he was struggling to inspire much in anyone at all. That was until he met Bradley ...

Summer of Gold: how the 1996 Olympics inspired a generation of female athletes

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Alex Morgan was just seven years old when the 1996 Olympics took place in Atlanta. She watched Michelle Akers and Julie Foudy lead the US to the first-ever Olympic gold in women’s soccer, in front of 80,000 electrifie...

TV tonight: a musical celebration of the Team GB athletes

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Greg James and Clara Amfo present this celebration of Team GB’s athletes as they return from the Tokyo Olympics, filmed at London’s Wembley Arena. Musical acts will be pairing with theatre and dance troupes for uniqu...

The Leap Year: Team GB athletes’ wait for Tokyo 2020

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Although the challenges of Covid made planning difficult, the aim of the project was to show the different journey each athlete made in preparation to represent Great Britain at the Tokyo Games. The work offers a snap...

Climbing is a hit at the Tokyo Olympics – but does it reward the best athletes?

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“I mean, it was five one-thousands of a second away from a legal start,” Colin Duffy ruefully reflected. “Just unlucky.” Costly false starts are an inevitable component of every Olympics, but this one stood out: the a...

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