‘This is a spineless attempt to appear as the nice guy to both sides’ ‘Athletes are not more vocal about this, especially those with a powerful voice in Olympic sport’ IMAGE. Great Britain's Greg Rutherford in action during the long jump. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has branded the International Olympic Committee's decision not to impose a blanket ban on Russia at next month's Rio Games as "spineless" and expressed ... Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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IAAF President Sebastian Coe gave a ringing endorsement to the Olympic athletics programme on Saturday, acclaiming a "remarkable week" that showed athletics is "alive and incredibly strong". Speaking at a news conference ahead of the last full night of competition, Coe accepted there had been disappointing crowds and scheduling challenges but insisted increased website traffic was an indicator of sustained interest in the sport. "This has been a remarkable week," he said. "Before tonight we ...Rediff.com, 3 days ago
‘We work 365 days a year to be here for nine seconds’ ‘It is the first time I have come into a stadium and they booed someone. It was shocking’ IMAGE: Justin Gatlin of the United States celebrates after the men's 100 meter final on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games . Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images. American Justin Gatlin felt the full force of the crowd's ire on Sunday and scowled back in response before finishing second to Usain Bolt in the Olympic 100metres ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
‘I think we are going in the right direction. People should have faith’ IMAGE: Usain Bolt dances samba at a press conference. Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters. Usain Bolt waltzed in to sprinkle a bucket of stardust over Rio on Monday, and while there were Samba smiles and dancing girls, the biggest name at the Olympics could not escape the ever-present specter of doping. Bolt is seeking to secure a "triple-triple" in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100m relay and was his ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
Following the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision on Sunday not to issue a blanket ban on Russian athletes despite evidence of systematic doping across the majority of Olympic sports, global sporting federations have been left to decide which Russians can compete at next month's Rio Games. The IOC said any Russian athletes with a previous doping suspension will be ineligible to compete at the Olympics. Here is the current state of play among the 28 Olympic sports IMAGE: ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago Russia cries foul, rest of world welcomes IAAF's ban Rediff.com, 2 months ago Russian Kolodko stripped of London Games shot put silver Rediff.com, 3 days ago Russian Stepanova to not appeal Rio ban Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
‘The fact no testing was happening was a concern’ IMAGE: Talita Antunes,left, and Larissa Franca of Brazil celebrate after winning their Rio Open women's beach volleyball final. Photograph: Sergio Moraes/Reuters . Brazil's athletes were not subject to dope tests for almost a month before the Rio Olympics, the country's sports ministry has said while refuting allegations it was a political decision to ensure the Games were not plunged further into crisis. Brazil's sports ministry ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
‘There are some last-minute challenges but our Brazilian friends are addressing them’ ‘It is all coming together. We are looking forward to great Games’ IMAGE: The Christ the Redeemer statue and Maracana Stadium are seen in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio 2016 will be the first Olympic Games in South America. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images. Rio de Janeiro will deliver a successful Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Sunday, despite delays ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
IMAGE: India’s Devendro Singh, left, throws a jab at his opponent during the South Asian Games in Shillong. Photograph: PTI "Disappointed" with India for not holding elections to form a new boxing federation despite specific deadlines, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has set September 25 as the "final" cut-off for the country to have a new body. Responding to a questionnaire on the deadlock that has hampered the sport's growth in India for the last four years, AIBA's Senior ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
‘The only thing they cared about, even the person from the ethics department, is protecting the IOC as an organisation’ IMAGE: Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova competes. Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters A Russian whistleblower who helped uncover the biggest doping scandal in decades has told Reuters that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is more concerned about protecting the organisation than ridding world sport of drugs cheats. Russian whistleblower out of Rio ...Rediff.com, 4 weeks ago
‘The McLaren Report exposed, beyond a reasonable doubt, a state-run doping program in Russia that seriously undermines the principles of clean sport embodied within the World Anti-Doping Code’ IMAGE. Participants talk before the start of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Symposium for Anti-Doping Organizations in Lausanne (Image used for representational purposes). Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters. The International Olympic Committee's decision to reject ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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