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Alan Hubbard: A bridge too far when sport embraces the transgender trap

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Here we go again...another rheumy-eyed rant from an old codger moaning that Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’be.

his titles, medals and points from the 2018 World Bridge Series have also been revoked and his suspension

She would win every major tournament, break every women’s tennis record, and win tens, potentially hundreds

A man can decide to be female," she wrote in the Sunday Times of London, "take hormones if required by

in races in the state’s outdoor championships, running way faster times than the nearest biological

transgender player in the top-flight women’s volleyball league in 2017, after a career as a male.Her record


Mike Rowbottom: Glasgow awaits more home drama as Muir seeks to follow the lead set by McKean

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The last time Glasgow hosted the European Athletics Indoor Championships - the 35th version of which is due get underway here tomorrow - the event was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh.

, later joined Strathclyde Police after his notably dramatic athletics career had come to an end.At times

European Championships in Stuttgart, where he and fellow Britons Steve Cram and Sebastian Coe swept the medals

with, inside or out," said McKean’s relieved coach Tommy Boyle.But the following day McKean put it all

come together for her as she earned the gold medals she will defend this weekend.She also provided the

Having completed the first part of her planned double, breaking  the 32-year-old Championship record


China's weightlifters on course for top spot at Tokyo 2020 - and early starters show why

  • Weightlifting

An array of Olympic and world champions from North Korea, Russia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam and Indonesia will line up at the World Cup Olympic qualifying competition here in Fuzhou over the next five days - but collectively they are unlikely to upstage the host nation's formidable team.

China has won five golds, and topped the medals table, at every Olympic Games this century, and despite

Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, China sent a team of 20.All

but one of them won medals on total, nine of which will be gold if the Thai athletes who tested positive

attraction of the World Cup, at least for local fans, and should win the 64 kilograms.Competing six times

super-heavyweights, where China’s Olympic champion Meng Suping takes on Tatiana Kashirina, the Russian world record


Duncan Mackay: How athletics helped Sarajevo rise from the ashes

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It has been great following the Winter European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) this week in Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, which has seen nearly 1,000 athletes from 46 countries taking part in an event which everyone seems to have agreed has been a great success.

Johnson was at the time the sport's biggest star having won Olympic gold medals in the 200, 400 and 4x400

of bombed-out apartments with residents left with no electricity and water left a big impression on all

in the "Solidarity in Sarajevo" athletics meeting in Bosnia ©WikipediaEdwards, the world triple jump record

 Morceli, Algeria's recently-crowned Olympic 1500m champion and world record holder in the mile,

100m hurdles gold medallist Ludmila Engquist.The flight took off two hours late, circled Split five times


Canadian legend and IOC member Wickenheiser among five players to be inducted into IIHF Hall of Fame

  • Ice Hockey

Canadian great Hayley Wickenheiser is one of five players that the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has announced will be inducted into its Hall of Fame later this year.

medallist and seven-time world champion, widely regarded as the most successful female hockey player of all

seven golds and six silvers, is larger than that of any other woman.Her tally of four Olympic gold medals

is also a record and no athlete has appeared at more Winter Games than her five.Wickenheiser was named

Sweden's Jorgen Jonsson and the United States' Mike Modano ©HHOF-IIHF ImagesJonsson represented Sweden 285 times

, making him the record holder for most games played in the national team.He and his brother Kenny and


Darcey appointed new chair of British Gymnastics

  • Gymnastics

British Gymnastics has announced the appointment of Mike Darcey as its new chair, taking over from the outgoing Matt Neville.

maximum term.From 2013 to 2015, Darcey was chief executive of News International, publishers of The Times

, The Sunday Times and The Sun newspapers.Prior to this, he spent 15 years at Sky, initially as director

Africa.Originally from New Zealand, he has lived and worked in the UK since 1989.Great Britain won a record

seven Olympic medals at Rio 2016, including two golds and a bronze for Max Whitlock ©Getty Images"I

Whitlock.Whitlock triumphed in the men's floor exercise and pommel horse events and came third in the individual all-around


Kasper banking on whirl of World Championships to keep FIS on track towards Beijing 2022

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Gian-Franco Kasper, who in May last year was elected as President of the International Ski Federation (FIS) for the sixth time, used the metaphor of a litmus test as he contemplated his sport’s prospects in the wake of last year's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. 

endurance of this 75-year-old from St Moritz that he remains at the head of his sport in such challenging times

It generated enthusiasm within the media, particularly in the countries which won medals.

We are very confident about all our World Championships this month.

record of 86 wins set by Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark, who competed between 1974 and 1989.Asked earlier

I think WADA is doing all it can at the moment.


Mike Rowbottom: Reedie, Russia, WADA, Bach - anyone listening to the athletes?

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Save for one word, I agree with the New Year statement issued by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach who said that, following "systematic manipulation of the anti-doping system in Russia during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014", the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has "served its sanction".

- that it would all be over by Christmas.

://t.co/wp6HJqBFzQ— Matthew Pinsent (@matthewcpinsent) January 1, 2019Britain's four-times Olympic rowing

 "Dozens of athletes are still waiting for their rightful medals.

Meanwhile Britain’s women's marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe has tweeted in response to the

 "The very things the IOC should protect at all times."


Philip Barker: Has 2018 been the year of women's sport?

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In the New Year, former television executive Susanna Dinnage succeeds Richard Scudamore at the helm of what she describes as "the pinnacle of professional sport". When it was announced, her appointment to head the Premier League was widely welcomed.

"An outstanding choice given her track record in managing complex businesses through transformation and

reasons", apparently because it was feared that doing so might cause breast cancer.The headline in The Times

the 30 kilometres mass start was a wonderful way to say farewell after a Games which brought her five medals

in all.

I am sitting here with 15 medals," she said. "It is hard for me to understand."


As a resurgent India prepares to host the Hockey World Cup, home passions and expectations are rising

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As far as England football followers are concerned, the number is one. One World Cup win, 1966. Nothing since. For followers of India's men's hockey team the figures are more complex, but the overall story is the same.

Eight Olympic gold medals up to 1980. Nothing since.

I've been to India four times in the last two years, and the passion for the game there is overwhelming

If you want to succeed at world level in modern times, everything has to be right at all levels.

It's an advantage for the Indian side to play at home - but these sides are all experienced enough to

are sighing in great relief that the uncontrollable cricket has been contained for the first time on record


Kashirina boosts Russia's gold medal tally to five after sensational performance on final day of 2018 IWF World Championships

  • Weightlifting

an epic battle with China’s Meng Suping to claim a clean sweep of the women’s over-87 kilograms gold medals

, 182kg and 185kg moved her onto totals of 323kg, 327kg and 330kg respectively.Kashirina was pushed all

behind Chaidee in the total after ending the clean and jerk on 165kg.Kashirina’s hat-trick of gold medals

sees Russia finish the World Championships with five in all, following Artem Okulov’s triumphs in the

earlier records.It is for this reason that the term "world standard" is being used as oppose to "world record

Georgian broke the world standard for the snatch and clean and jerk twice and that for the total three times


Philip Barker: When sport first said "let there be light"

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There is something particularly exciting about sport under the lights.

common but it was not always the case ©Getty ImagesNone of this impressed the correspondent of the Rhyl Record

Appropriately, it was the famous Wanderers, five-times winners of the trophy in the early years, who

The Manchester Weekly Times reported that "the other two corners were almost completely wrapped in darkness

At times, the players were completely lost sight of by the would-be onlookers, and we should fancy they

It would be hard to match the theatre of Usain Bolt's unprecedented three gold medals at 100 metres.


More than 70 athletes barred from Weightlifting World Championships in Ashgabat

  • Weightlifting

More than 70 weightlifters who failed to log their own whereabouts on the global anti-doping database have been barred from the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships, which start next week in Ashgabat.

three, is not sending any.But when competition starts on Thursday (November 1) the IWF still expects a record

Games.With weightlifting's place as an Olympic sport beyond 2020 under threat because of its past doping record

lesson learned for the Pacific countries".Tom Goegebuer, President of the Belgian federation and three times

at Commonwealth Championships, gold medals at the Pacific Mini Games, gold medal at the World Youths

They will lose at least nine gold medals at next year's Pacific Games and they have taken from me the


IWF President believes weightlifting has raised the bar as an Olympic sport

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The decision to award Russia the 2020 European Weightlifting Championships on the same day its one-year suspension from the sport expired on October 17 was certainly a bold one.

the European Weightlifting Federation (EWF) to welcome fully back into the fold a nation whose doping record

Games - namely China, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova and Turkey.Desperate times

Russia, told TASS.Also due to compete are the two Kazakh weightlifters who were stripped of Olympic gold medals

conversely affected nations with bad records.Kazakhstan's Ilya Ilyin, pictured celebrating a world record

about punishing nations but about providing more opportunities for countries that have a proven track record


World Wrestling Championships the latest element in Budapest's sporting renaissance

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For some - no, for many cities, the experience of having an Olympic bid aborted would deflate ambitions for major sporting expansion. Not so for Budapest, which today stages the official opening of the World Wrestling Championships, the latest in a dizzying succession of top international events taking place in the Hungarian capital.

And there will be more to come…"All these prime international events will underline the attractiveness

We have been working on a sport bidding strategy for Budapest between now and 2030 together with all

There has been EU censure recently for Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban over his record on democracy

I had a very good relationship with Patrick and he helped Budapest so many times in recent years.Budapest

concluded Summer Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Hungary finished as the fourth nation in the overall medals