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Swiss pro rider swaps race suit for doctor’s uniform on coronavirus frontline

Swiss professional cyclist Elise Chabbey has swapped her race suit for her doctor’s uniform following the shutdown of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 26-year-old Bigla-Katusha rider, recently qualified as a doctor, would usually have been preparing for the Spring classics, but instead is working as an intern at Geneva University Hospital. “Doing […]

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Athletes still setting sights on Tokyo despite coronavirus threat

Athletes are still doing their best to train for the Tokyo Olympics but it is looking increasingly unlikely that the Games will take place as the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, former Olympic champion Christian Olsson, who is now a sports agent, has told Reuters. Olsson won gold in the triple jump at […]

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F1 cancels August break, 21 day shutdown in March-April

Formula One’s August shutdown will be brought forward and extended to a mandatory 21 successive days in March and April as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, the governing body FIA said on Wednesday. The 2020 race calendar has already been suspended, with last weekend’s Australian season opener in Melbourne cancelled and the next three […]

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Mass participation parkruns cancelled in UK

The parkrun movement, where around a quarter of a million people worldwide take part in weekly, free, 5km runs organised by volunteers, has become the latest coronavirus victim, as all 675 UK events were put on hold on Wednesday. Organised sport, both at professional and grass roots level and including all organised athletics events, has […]

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Diamond League postpones three meetings due to coronavirus

The Diamond League has postponed its first three athletics meetings of the 2020 season due to be held in April and May in Qatar and China because of the coronavirus outbreak, it said on Tuesday. The announcement came after Qatar banned inbound passenger flights and prevented the entry of foreign nationals on Sunday, making the […]

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UK athletics tells athletes to avoid overseas training camps

UK Athletics has advised its athletes preparing for the Tokyo Olympics not to go abroad for training camps due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. Interim UK Athletics chief executive Nic Coward told athletes and staff on Friday that the recommendation would mean preparations were “compromised” but it had been made considering the global situation, […]

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Woods, Park outside Olympic qualifying as tours halt

No changes are planned to the Olympic golf qualifying system, the International Golf Federation (IGF) which runs the event said after the sport shut down due to the coronavirus. This could deal a hammer blow to the chances of Tiger Woods qualifying for Tokyo 2020, and for Park In-bee’s hopes of being eligible to defend […]

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Tokyo 2020 ‘Flame of Recovery’ tour scaled down due to coronavirus worries

Tokyo 2020’s Flame of Recovery tour, taking the Olympic flame to parts of Japan most affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, has been scaled back as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus, organisers said. The six day tour was set to begin on Friday, and takes place before the official torch relay […]

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Affected player Gobert pledges $500,000 to virus relief effort

Frenchman Rudy Gobert, the first NBA player known to have tested positive for the coronavirus, is donating more than $500,000 to support both the employee relief fund at the Utah Jazz’s home arena and COVID-19-related social services relief in Utah, Oklahoma City and the French health care system, the NBA team said on Saturday. “These […]

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USA Gymnastics birthday tweet brings heated Biles response

Four-times Olympic champion Simone Biles fired back at USA Gymnastics on Saturday after the sport’s governing body used its Twitter account to wish her happy birthday. “HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the most decorated gymnast of all time,” the organisation tweeted to its 226,000 followers as Biles turned 23. “We know you will only continue to amaze […]

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