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How dare anyone downgrade Usain Bolt because of a relay-running teammate

It took a tick over 24 hours before a leading Australian newspaper headlined – “Bolt image tarnished as Jamaica stripped of gold”.

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Cheerleading now recognised as an Olympic sport – provisionally

Cheerleading, which received provisional recognition as an Olympic sport last week, is an increasingly international activity.

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Boot Russia out of international sport

“The Russian Olympic team corrupted the London Games on an unprecedented scale, the extent of which will probably never be fully established.”

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Russian doping an attack on sport: IOC on WADA McLaren Report

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday that a new report on state-sponsored doping in Russia had revealed “a fundamental attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and on sport in general”.

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Usain Bolt won’t run 200m again, farewell season will be for the fans

The world’s fastest man is slowing down.

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Ten Beijing medallists stripped for doping

Ten more athletes, mostly weightlifters and wrestlers, have been stripped of the medals they won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after failing doping tests in re-testing of samples, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Thursday.

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Swimming siblings Cate and Bronte Campbell have both taken positives from their eventful 2016 Olympic campaigns, but one will be back in competition before the other.

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Gold medallist Brennan, Bobridge and Belonogoff among medical records hacked

Rio Olympic rowing champion Kim Brennan is one of three Australian athletes to have confidential medical data published by the Russian cyber espionage group the Fancy Bears.

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The Algerian women’s goalball team could face disqualification from the Rio Paralympics for missing two games because they hadn’t arrived in the country.

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The truth about Rio: Our athletes simply didn’t do the business

John Wylie is a highly-respected and successful businessman, and must have a substantial sporting background to be the chairman of the Australian Sports Commission, and a former chairman of the MCG.

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Australian Sports Commission (ASC) head John Wylie says an on-line national lottery to provide extra funding is crucial if Australia is ever to finish top five on the Olympic medals table again.

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Culture no issue for Aussie swim team: Horton

Olympic swimmer Mack Horton says reviews into Australia’s showing in the pool at Rio will focus on purely on team performance and not culture.

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Kitty Chiller keen to keep position as Olympic boss

An emotional Kitty Chiller has declared she wants to stay on as Australia’s Olympic team boss for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

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Australian swimmers Bronte Barratt and Madison Wilson have reportedly been hospitalised in Rio, missing the team’s first chartered flight home from the Olympics.

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Swimwear maker Speedo and luxury retailer Ralph Lauren Corp have ended their sponsorship contracts with Ryan Lochte, days after the US swimmer admitted to exaggerating his story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio during the Olympics.

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How does Australia’s Rio campaign compare to previous Olympics?

With the 2016 Olympics now over, Australia has finished tenth in the final medal tally, winning a total of 29 medals across 13 events.

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Lauren Wells Hurdling Athletics 2014

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Kyrie Irving of Team USA

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Australia's Chris Goulding for the Boomers

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Gustavo Kuerten Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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Kevin Durant with future teammate Klay Thompson

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Fireworks Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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basketball going through the net

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The Olympic Football used for Rio 2016 (Photo: Twitter)

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The Roar of the crowd

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Are the Commonwealth Games still relevant?

By Greg Blood, 16 Mar 2017
Are the Commonwealth Games still relevant?

The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games baton has just left London, with Australia hosting the event for the fifth time. But are the Games are still relevant in an increasing congested calendar?

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2016 year in review: Rio Olympics

By Connor Bennett, 28 Dec 2016
2016 year in review: Rio Olympics

The Olympics are always full of great and controversial moments. It’s a constant battle to be ready for the opening ceremony, then the Games begin and international tensions heat up.

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Notable Australian sports retirements of 2016

It’s tricky these days to determine when an athlete has retired – often they make comebacks or play in lower level competitions. For instance, cricketers like Shane Watson, Brad Hogg, and Brad Hodge have retired from first class cricket but still play in the Big Bash.

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Something must be done to halt the great decline of Australian sport

Over the past decade Australia has meandered into a state of sporting mediocrity without even realising it. Lacklustre results have been championed rather than called out and we appear to have not just accepted but embraced this malaise.

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Why the professionalisation of women’s sport in Australia could put Olympic performances under threat

There are many positive developments happening in women’s sport in Australia but some of these developments may have a negative impact on Australian performances at the Olympics.

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That’s a wrap: Australia at the Rio Paralympics

The Australian Paralympic Team has finished the Rio Paralympics in fifth place on the medal table with 81 medals; 22 gold, 30 silver 29 bronze. The Games was a fantastic showcase of the sporting abilities of Paralympians.

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Paralympians dominate – but who’s watching?

Australia had more gold medallists at this Paralympics than at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics combined.

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The Para-triathlon event has only just begun at the Rio Paralympics, with this event being held for the first time at the Paralympic Games.

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A sport-by-sport guide to the Paralympics, Part 2

With the Paralympics getting underway today, let’s finish running through the sports on offer in Rio.

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The Australian men’s wheelchair basketball captain, four-time Paralympic Games representative Brad Ness, has been announced as Australia’s flag bearer at the 2016 Rio Games.

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When one sport just isn’t enough: Australia’s code-hopping Paralympians

With the 2016 Rio Olympics done and dusted, all eyes are now on our Australian athletes competing at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, and it is now their time to shine.

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A sport-by-sport guide to the Paralympics, Part 1

With the Paralympics starting tomorrow, we’ll have a look at all of the sports at the Games, from the ones Australia have previously medalled in, the little-known ones, and the ones where our Aussies are heading in as favourites.

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Pools of green and medals of gold: An unreliable Rio memoir

“Skol, skol, skol, Yea-hay!, vamos Steven, vamos.”

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Australian Paralympic Team will be competing at the Rio Paralympics from 7 to 18 September. The Games go over 11 days and there are 528 medal events in 22 sports.

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Who are we to sit in judgement and cast aspersions?

The controversy surrounding Caster Semenya winning the women’s 800m at the Rio Olympics doesn’t look like subsiding any time soon.

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Our Rio swimmers didn’t choke. Now for Tokyo

Of the many and varied diagnoses of our Rio Olympics swim team ills, perhaps the most bizarre popped up on the American swim news site SwimSwam.

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Russia Olympic Games 2014

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Cate Campbell

The psychology behind Cate Campbell’s Olympic heartbreak

By Let the one king rule, 29 Aug 2016

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Australian swimmer Cate Campbell

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Andrew Bogut Australia Boomers Basketball Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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Daniel Beale Australia Hockey Kookaburras Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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Kitty Chiller, head of the Australian Olympic delegation

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Anna Meares Australia Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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Tom Burton wins Gold at Rio.

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Abbey D'Agostino (L) of the USA is helped up by Nikki Hamblin (R) of New Zealand after both fell

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