Athletics resumes with one-off international pole vault clash in stars’ gardens

Athletics will get around lockdown restrictions tomorrow by staging an international competition – in back gardens almost 5,000 miles apart. Dubbed the Ultimate Garden Challenge, pole vault world record holder Mondo Duplantis will take on two-time world champion Sam Kendricks and 2012 Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie live across social media.

UK Anti-Doping finally receives UK Athletics report on Alberto Salazar that includes Mo Farah medical data

UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) has finally received an internal report from UK Athletics (UKA) into its relationship with disgraced American coach Alberto Salazar during a period when he worked with Sir Mo Farah. The report, which is understood to include four-time Olympic champion Farah’s medical data, dates back to 2015 and

Coronavirus: Reduced drug testing ‘a gift’ to cheats in sport, says British race walker Tom Bosworth

Reduced drug testing during the Covid-19 pandemic is like a “gift” for those unscrupulous athletes who will go to any lengths to win and make money, British race walker Tom Bosworth has said. The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) said last month that the pandemic had created challenges for drug testers

Many doping cheats banned from 2020 Olympics free to compete in 2021 Games

Hundreds of doping cheats ineligible for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be able to compete in next year’s rescheduled Games as they will have served their bans. The World Anti Doping Agency confirmed yesterday that suspensions handed out were for “specific lengths of time” rather than particular events. A Wada

Team GB stars set to be stood down from training as Olympic postponement nears

Olympic chiefs have taken the decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Games, a senior figure claimed last night. Twenty four hours after Games boss Thomas Bach said the International Olympic Committee would give itself four weeks to make the call, Dick Pound revealed their true thinking. “On the basis of

Coronavirus: USA Track and Field call for Olympics delay

USA Track and Field, athletics’ US governing body, has called for this summer’s Olympics in Tokyo to be delayed because of the ongoing coronavirus situation. The federation has asked the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee to advocate to the International Olympic Committee for the postponement of the Games. It follows

Parkruns cancelled across UK over coronavirus

Parkrun have cancelled all events in the UK until at least the end of March due to coronavirus. Despite most sporting events cancelled around the world, recreational runners continued to show strong support for the free, weekly, timed runs last weekend. But with events across 22 countries, the organisers have now

Stawell Gift abandoned, could be run later this year

The 2020 Stawell Gift has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, though the race could potentially be rescheduled for later in the year. Just weeks after being given a financial bailout by the Victorian government to allow it to continue this year, the historic footrace has been forced to

Joe Marler: England prop banned for 10 weeks for genital grab

Media playback is not supported on this device England prop Joe Marler has been given a 10-week ban for grabbing Alun Wyn Jones’ genitals during Saturday’s Six Nations win over Wales. Centre Manu Tuilagi has been banned for four weeks for his red card late on in the game at

Paris Marathon postponed due to coronavirus with London Marathon organisers monitoring situation

The 2020 Paris Marathon has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The iconic race was set to take place on 5 April but will now be pushed back to 18 October. “In order to avoid a late cancellation that would penalise the participants, we have, in agreement with the Paris mayor’s office,