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Neither hippos nor crocodiles can check the progress of Zimbabwe’s Olympic sculler Thornycroft – but sporting realpolitik has altered her Rio 2016 course

Neither hippos nor crocodiles can check the progress of Zimbabwe’s Olympic sculler Thornycroft – but sporting realpolitik has altered her Rio 2016 course

It’s a truism that every Olympic sport, and indeed every aspiring Olympic sport, wants to grow. You don’t hear a lot of International Federation Presidents talking in urgent tones about the need to reduce participation. But the question of growth is complex – does it mean more people, or does it mean people doing better?