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Federations fear huge damage claims over Russia’s Olympic Games ban

theguardian.com — The 28 sports federations which hold the fate of Russia's Olympic athletes in their hands have been warned they face "huge damage claims" if they block anyone from competing who has not been sanctioned for doping.

Top-flight B teams will never play in Football League, says Scudamore

theguardian.com — The Premier League's chief executive, Richard Scudamore, has unequivocally insisted there will never be B teams in the Football League and that the introduction of academy sides into the EFL Trophy is not the "thin end of the wedge".

Vladimir Putin and Thomas Bach: the unlikely Olympic power couple

theguardian.com — When Thomas Bach became president of the International Olympic Committee in 2013, the German lawyer who had spent a lifetime networking and politicking towards that very moment had a neat analogy up his sleeve. "The role of the IOC president is being the conductor of the worldwide orchestra of the members," he said.

Whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova hits out at IOC after being banned from Rio

theguardian.com — Yuliya Stepanova, the whistleblower pivotal to the discovery of deep-rooted state-sponsored doping in Russia, has hit out angrily at the International Olympic Committee in the wake of its decision to ban her from competing in Rio.

Who is Walter Mitty?

theguardian.com — In common with Charles Dickens' Scrooge and George Orwell's Big Brother, Walter Mitty has outgrown his literary roots to become an everyday metaphor for a certain type of character or behaviour and has been catapulted into the headlines in the past two days.

IOC chooses obfuscation and chaos on Russia competing at Olympics

theguardian.com — So now we know. Scores, if not hundreds, of Russian competitors dressed in official kit will march behind the national flag at the Olympic Games opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro a week on Friday. Shortly afterwards, the first Russian athlete will climb the podium and stare into the middle distance as their anthem plays and a medal is placed around their neck.

Dark clouds hang over Anniversary Games as bad news keeps pouring in

theguardian.com — Even as the crowds thronged through the shopping centre that abuts an Olympic Park again surrounded by cranes, more depressing news began filtering through that had more to do with pharmacy and politics than lap times and lane draws.

IOC must decide which way to jump over Russia at the Olympics

theguardian.com — It was one of those vignettes that, even at the time, was clearly worth filing away for future reference. As Thomas Bach exited the hall of the Buenos Aires Hilton after realising his long-held ambition and securing the presidency of the International Olympic Committee in 2013, a phone was thrust into his hand amid the scrum.

Team GB medal haul will cover more sports in Rio, says Paralympic chief

theguardian.com — With 50 days to go to the opening ceremony of the Rio Paralympics the chief executive of the British Paralympic Association has promised Team GB is on track to win more medals in more sports than in London.

Olympic opening ceremony: a feast of drama … and that's just the rehearsals

theguardian.com — Rehearsals for the £27m London 2012 opening ceremony are being disrupted by clashes between the Trainspotting director, Danny Boyle, and the company in charge of broadcasting the Olympic Games, the Guardian has been told.
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Jul 27, 2016

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko isn't going to bother going to Rio. The breakfast buffet is safe.  http://tass.ru/en/sport/890957 

Jul 27, 2016

RT @RogerPielkeJr: Updated count of Russians at Rio. >125 approved athletes >Max possible 285 >see table, updates welcomed https://t.co/m1b

Jul 27, 2016

TASS reports that Russian volleyball and taekwondo athletes are also declared good to go.

Jul 27, 2016

RT @RobHarris: Russian Olympians pose for selfie with Mutko, whose sports ministry is accused of orchestrating sponsored doping https://t.co/fJ91JTQMj7

Jul 27, 2016

RT @RobHarris: DOPING LATEST: Putin ally Usmanov's fencing federation approves Russian fencers to compete in Rio  http://bigstory.ap.org/d22675223ebd46abbddc95919366e332 

Jul 26, 2016

RT @matthewkish: Nike has $9.4 billion in endorsement contracts on the books, a 52 percent jump from last year: https://t.co/pZie4KrZ02

Jul 26, 2016

@paddyjim @stevemagness More the sweeping dismissal of whistleblowers I'd take issue with. Particularly given context of last few days.

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