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,

Mo Farah explains why he changed story told to US anti-doping agency on taking L-carnitine

Sir Mo Farah has explained how he came to change his account when questioned in 2015 about taking supplement L-carnitine before the 2014 London Marathon. A BBC Panorama documentary aired last Monday revealed that Farah was interviewed by investigators from the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) in 2015 as part of

The needle and the damage done

Three times he said no. For five hours they quizzed him, and three times they directly put to Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah that he had been injected with L-carnitine before the 2014 London Marathon. Repeatedly the US Anti-Doping officials said to the British distance-running champion that he had taken

Eleanor Patterson breaks national high jump record

Australian high jumper Eleanor Patterson has broken the 31-year-old Australian women's high jump record. Patterson, the Commonwealth Games gold medallist, cleared 1.99m at an athletics meet in New Zealand on Friday afternoon. The previous record of 1.98m was set in 1989 by Vanessa Ward then equalled in 1994 by Alison Inverarity.