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August 09, 2017

‘Athletics chiefs barred their golden boy’s rival from running’

It’s extraordinary how journalists unquestioningly accepted the shock barring of an African gold medal challenger from competing in the 400 metres final at the World Athletics Championships....

Athlete at centre of gender dispute announces comeback

The 19-year-old South African runner Caster Semenya has not run in formal competition since her gender became an issue at last summer's World Athletics Championships in Berlin writes Sophie Taylor. However, Semenya says she plans to return to athletics thi ...

Why was death of Georgian Olympian 'dismissed' by officials?

Catherine JavakhishviliIt is always difficult to speak in one voice for a whole nation, whether it's gigantic China or my little Georgia, once part of the former Soviet Union. Yet, there are some exceptions.The Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili manage ...

‘Athletics chiefs barred their golden boy’s rival from running’

It’s extraordinary how journalists unquestioningly accepted the shock barring of an African gold medal challenger from competing in the 400 metres final at the World Athletics Championships.Botswana’s Isaac Makwala, 30, was dramatically refuse ...

Headline-grabbing 'outing' of gay Olympic athletes is bad journalism

A right-wing news editor has caused outrage at the Olympics after posing as a gay man on the dating app Grindr in order to ‘out’ dozens of athletes. Nico Hines, London Editor of The Daily Beast, gave specific details of countless ind ...

'Authorities in denial about racism in Russian football'

Russian football officials need to do more to combat racism and have so far failed to fully grasp what it means, according to a United Nations official.Racism in the 2018 World Cup host nation was thrown back into the spotlight on Wednesday when the Russi ...

Brazil's Black Bloc protesters 'will destroy the World Cup'

Their faces hide behind scarves, gas masks and motorcycle helmets. TV images show them smashing cars, hurling bricks at police and setting tires ablaze on the streets of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian politicians have claimed they are a nati ...

Under fire Sochi sponsors 'writing Tweets for Olympic stars'

Between photos and insights about their Olympic experience in Russia, some Olympians are turning over their social media accounts to sponsors, agreeing to quotas of postings on Twitter and Facebook and letting other people send commercial messages in thei ...

Football's anti-homophobia ambassador: is he the right man?

Controversial footballer Joey Barton is back in the headlines after becoming the front man for a campaign to stamp out homophobia in the sport.The 30-year-old midfielder is the ambassador for the ”The Right Behind Gay Footballer” campaign which ...

Athletes should 'use podium to protest at Putin's olympics'

In a candid reply to gay UK celebrity Stephen Fry on Twitter this week, Prime Minister David Cameron declared that Britain would not be boycotting the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. This clarification followed the deep concern which has been shown about ...

Champion Semenya has been treated as 'a leper'

Marc WadsworthGlam rocker Lou Reed’s lyrics from his 1970s hit song Walk on the wild side have come to mind as I watched the tormenting of a young woman athlete whose story is more sensational than that of new sports hero Usain Bolt. Holly came from Miami ...

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