The UK Sport government agency said athletes’ welfare was not put at risk with the use of an experimental substance ahead of the 2012 London Olympics that was disclosed for the first time Sunday by a newspaper. The Mail on Sunday reported public money was used to provide a select band of athletes with an energy drink called DeltaG, claiming there were no guarantees the product did not cause side-effects nor was it certain to be cleared by the World Anti-Doping Agency. UK Sport said it had consulted with both WADA and UK Anti-Doping before using the product to make sure it complied with guidelines and that the health of athletes would not be put on the line for the sake of an improved medal haul.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: July 12, 2020, 6:19 pm
Terry Gray had already been suspended from the sport for sexual misconduct with a minor.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: July 12, 2020, 12:00 am
Shelby Houlihan chopped 10.52 seconds off her own American 5000m record.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 11, 2020, 2:11 pm
Lara van Ruijven was hospitalized last month in France, and had been in critical condition after complications with an autoimmune disorder.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: July 11, 2020, 2:09 am
Now that the NHL is close to returning to the Winter Games, the question: which 2014 Olympians will have a difficult time returning to rosters in 2022?
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 10, 2020, 11:09 pm
The NHL took a major step to returning to the Olympics in 2022 and 2026 after a one-Winter Games hiatus in 2018.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 10, 2020, 11:08 pm
Lara van Ruijven, a world champion short track speed skater from the Netherlands, has died following complications from an autoimmune disorder
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 10, 2020, 7:53 pm
The head of Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA on Friday rejected allegations made on social media that he had misappropriated the agency's funds, calling the claims an attempt at undermining the fight against doping in the country. Yuri Ganus said that allegations made on Thursday on a Telegram channel that he could face prosecution for alleged corruption were a "pack of lies." "This is a complete lie that is not based on fact," Ganus told a news conference.
Author: Reuters
Posted: July 10, 2020, 2:14 pm
The rescheduled Olympic Games may still be just over a year away, but medical experts warned on Friday (July 10) about a grave health risk to the Japanese public. The Tokyo Games have already been pushed back to 2021 because of global health concerns, but now Olympic organizers and local authorities are scrambling to prevent anything further from derailing the event. In interviews with a dozen infectious diseases experts, a common theme emerged: the Olympics would increase the risk of a disease outbreak. One doctor from Osaka University Hospital’s infection control team said quote, "Infection will flare up if we push ahead with the Olympics and hold them. There is no doubt about it." The Olympics bring together competitors and spectators from over 200 countries and concern remains over a possible public health crisis. There are more than 100 potential vaccines in development, but experts say none will likely be available in enough quantity in time for the Olympics. Public opinion remains split as well, with a poll carried out by one Japanese newspaper last month showing that 59% of people feel the Olympics should be canceled or postponed again. Local media in Tokyo citing unnamed sources also reported on Thursday that all venues for the Olympics had been secured for 2021, although a Tokyo 2020 official said that was "optimistic" and that nothing had been announced.
Author: Reuters Videos
Posted: July 10, 2020, 12:49 pm
Usain Bolt isn't doing much running these days, but he would unretire if one man asked him to: longtime coach Glen Mills.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 10, 2020, 1:38 am
Becky and Ellie Downie spoke out about specific abuses they've experienced in the gymnastics, becoming the latest athletes to come forward this week.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 9, 2020, 11:55 pm
Noah Lyles briefly appeared to break Usain Bolt's 200m world record at the Inspiration Games before an error was noticed.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 9, 2020, 7:51 pm
Biles discussed the difficult process of coming to terms with her abuse, and picking up the pieces after the Olympics were postponed.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: July 9, 2020, 5:55 pm
Jeff Gadley and Willie Davenport became the first Black men to compete on a U.S. Winter Olympic team in 1980.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 9, 2020, 5:32 pm
The IOC said in a statement that Binay's in-competition test in July 2012 did not result in an adverse analytical finding but reanalysis of his sample returned a positive test for Stanozolol, a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Binay, 35, had finished sixth in the men's 69 kg weightlifting event. More than 60 athletes have had positive results in re-tests of samples taken during the London Olympics conducted by the IOC.
Author: Reuters
Posted: July 9, 2020, 3:36 pm
Chris Froome's contract with Team Ineos will not be renewed after this season, it was announced seven weeks before Froome goes for his fifth Tour de France title.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 9, 2020, 11:39 am
The spokesman for the Tokyo Olympics expects the postponed games to go ahead in 2021 despite a recent poll in Japan in which 77% of respondents said they did not believe the games could be held next year. The poll by the Japan News Network said only 17% thought it could be held next year in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Masa Takaya, the spokesman, was speaking Thursday on remote hookup on a day of contentious news for the Tokyo Olympics.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: July 9, 2020, 9:24 am
Alex Pullin was the flag bearer for Australia at the 2014 Sochi Games.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: July 8, 2020, 11:06 pm
Amid turmoil after claims of a bullying culture, Switzerland’s gymnastics federation suspended its head of elite sport Wednesday during an external inquiry. The federation fired two rhythmic gymnastics coaches last month after investigating allegations by former athletes of physical and verbal intimidation. “We deeply regret that this temporary measure has become necessary,� Erwin Grossenbacher, the Swiss gymnastics federation president, said in a statement.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: July 8, 2020, 9:06 pm
Finn Christian Jagge, the surprise 1992 Olympic slalom champion, has died at age 54, according to Norway’s Olympic a Committee.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 8, 2020, 5:36 pm
Alex "Chumpy" Pullin, an Olympian and world champion snowboarder, drowned while spearfishing on Australia’s Gold Coast on Wednesday.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 8, 2020, 9:51 am
Shaunae Miller-Uibo said she likely will not defend her Olympic 400m title in Tokyo in favor of racing the 200m because the turnaround is too tight.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 8, 2020, 3:59 am
The British Gymnastics governing body has launched of an independent review into allegations of abuse in the sport. Catherine Lyons, a 19-year-old former gymnast, told ITV News she was assaulted and bullied by a coach as a young girl. Lisa Mason, a gold medalist at the 1998 Commonwealth Games who competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, also reported abuse from a coach as a youngster.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: July 7, 2020, 7:57 pm
Copenhagen withdrew as host of the 2021 World Gymnastics Championships, citing financial strain as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 7, 2020, 6:07 pm
In Allyson Felix's 17 years on the senior international level, she has never experienced anything like what the Inspiration Games will bring.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 7, 2020, 5:48 pm
Usain Bolt and Kasi Bennett shared the first public photos -- and the unique name -- of his daughter, Olympia Lightning Bolt.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 7, 2020, 4:28 pm
When Tai Babilonia debuted at the Olympics in 1976, the fact that her presence in Innsbruck, Austria, was historic did not enter her 15-year-old mind.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 7, 2020, 1:55 pm
The retirement of two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan signals the end of a golden era of Chinese sporting superstars, state media said on Tuesday. Arguably the greatest badminton player of all time, the 36-year-old said on Saturday that he was bringing the curtain down on a career that also brought five world titles. NBA All-Star Yao Ming, Olympic gold-medal hurdler Liu Xiang and two-time tennis Grand Slam champion Li Na have all retired in the last decade.
Author: AFP
Posted: July 7, 2020, 7:00 am
Alex Zanardi, auto racer turned Paralympic champion, underwent a five-hour surgery to reconstruct his face following a crash on his handbike.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 6, 2020, 4:35 pm
As the president of the Tokyo Olympics, Yoshiro Mori knows experts will have to come up with defenses against COVID-19 for the postponed games to open a year from now. The Olympics are scheduled to open on July 23, 2021. Add to this 4,400 Paralympic athletes and thousands of staff members, technical officials, and Olympic officials.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: July 6, 2020, 1:43 pm
Shawn Johnson East detailed past struggles with body image and prescription drugs and reflected on her eating disorder as an elite athlete.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 6, 2020, 1:42 pm
A world wrestling championships is planned for December in Belgrade, should health and safety measures be met considering the coronavirus pandemic.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 6, 2020, 11:53 am
Lin Dan, arguably the greatest badminton player in history, announced retirement Saturday, citing "pain and injuries" at age 36.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 4, 2020, 9:57 am
VIDEO SHOWS: FILE FOOTAGE OF LIN DAN SHOWS: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (NOVEMBER 24, 2015) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. LIN DAN WALKING ONTO COURT 2. DAN PLAYING RALLY 3. DAN PLAYING RALLY WITH CHINESE FLAG HELD IN AUDIENCE BEHIND 4. FANS HOLDING CHINESE FLAG AND APPLAUDING 5. DAN IN NEWS CONFERENCE BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, UK (MARCH 3, 2015) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 6. OLYMPIC BADMINTON CHAMPION LIN DAN WALKING IN FOR NEWS CONFERENCE 7. LIN 8. PEOPLE TAKING PHOTOGRAPH 9. PULLBACK FROM GIANT PHOTOMONTAGE TO LIN ON STAGE STORY: China's two-time Olympic badminton champion Lin Dan, one of the sport's greatest singles players, announced his retirement on Saturday (July 4). Fondly called 'Super Dan' by badminton fans across the world, Lin became the first shuttler to retain the Olympic title when he won in the 2012 London Games after his triumph in the home event in Beijing in 2008. "I've dedicated everything to the sport I love. My family, coaches, team mates and fans have accompanied me through many happy times and difficult moments," Chinese media quoted Lin as saying in the retirement announcement. "Now I'm 37 years old, and my physical fitness and pain no longer allow me to fight side by side with my team mates," Lin added. Lin also won all the sport's major titles, including five gold medals at the world championships between 2006 and 2013 and six All England crowns. The left-handed shuttler also helped China to six gold medals in the Thomas Cup men's team event and five titles in the mixed Sudirman Cup. He also helped the national side to three gold medals in team event and two individual singles titles at the Asian Games. "From 2000 to 2020, after 20 years, I have to say goodbye to the national team. It is very difficult to speak it out," said Lin. Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, who lost to Lin in both the Olympic finals in Beijing and London, hung up his racquet last year due to prolonged health issues. The rivalry between Chong Wei and Lin was considered legendary and the Malaysian paid rich tribute to his on-court nemesis through a poem on social media, accompanied by pictures of them together as children and adults. "We knew this day would arrive, Heavy moment of our lives; You pulled down the curtain gracefully, You were king where we fought so proudly; Your final wave all four disappear, Within the hush of silent tear," Chong Wei wrote on Twitter with the hashtag #lindan. (Production: Andy Ragg)
Author: Reuters Videos
Posted: July 4, 2020, 8:24 am
MyKayla Skinner remembers the moment she was told she didn't make the 2016 Olympic team. She's working so that history doesn't repeat in 2021.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 3, 2020, 3:54 pm
Wilson Kipsang, a former marathon world-record holder, was banned four years over missed drug tests and giving a false statement.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 3, 2020, 1:25 pm
Cullen Jones recently retired from Olympic-level swimming, but outside of competition, he is amplifying his life-saving mission.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 2, 2020, 7:09 pm
A request by the organizers of next year’s skiing world championships in Italy to postpone the event by one year was rejected.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 2, 2020, 4:02 pm
The program allowing Russian track athletes to compete internationally will be frozen because the country’s federation failed to pay a fine on time.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 2, 2020, 2:12 pm
Whether there is competition next figure skating season or not, Jason Brown remains optimistic and focused on the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 2, 2020, 12:31 pm
Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee reportedly set a goal to return to swimming competition in October from a February 2019 leukemia diagnosis.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 2, 2020, 11:32 am
One of the most famous political statements in American sports history is still causing hate mail.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: July 2, 2020, 3:54 am
Lara van Ruijven, a world champion short track speed skater from the Netherlands, is "fighting for her life" with an autoimmune disorder.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 1, 2020, 12:10 pm
Bobsled's international federation is investigating triple Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor's claims of racism in the sport.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: June 30, 2020, 8:55 pm
Female skateboarders once organized to boycott the biggest competition in the sport. The next generation will now compete on the Olympic stage.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: June 30, 2020, 6:52 pm
Figure skating Grand Prix fields are usually published in June. The timeline changes this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: June 30, 2020, 6:23 pm
The World Rugby Sevens Series canceled this season's remaining stops in September and October due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: June 30, 2020, 11:47 am
The greatest male gymnast in history may be shut out of his home Olympics. Kohei Uchimura is making concessions, 13 months before the Opening Ceremony.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: June 29, 2020, 7:08 pm
Michael Phelps and at least 10 more Olympians are featured in "The Weight of Gold," a film on Olympians and mental health.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: June 29, 2020, 5:00 pm
The French Olympic Committee (CNOSF) has denounced racist graffiti that was found on Black athletes' posters in front of the National Institute of Sport (INSEP) at the weekend. The CNOSF said it was filing a complaint to the police against the unknown perpetrators. One of the athletes on the posters is double Olympic judo champion Teddy Riner.
Author: Reuters
Posted: June 29, 2020, 3:08 pm