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Michael Diamond put his sport in an “inappropriate” position and left its peak body with little choice but to not nominate him for the Rio Olympics, the head of Shooting Australia said on Thursday.

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Results at the United States Rio swimming trials won’t change Australia’s Olympic pool expectations, national head coach Jacco Verhaeren says.

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To say Kieran Govers was pissed at being left out of the Kookaburras team to travel to the Olympics would be the ultimate understatement.

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Sally Pearson’s Olympic dreams shattered by torn hamstring

Australia’s Olympic champion hurdler Sally Pearson has reportedly torn a hamstring in training and won’t compete at the Rio Games.

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Additional security is unlikely to protect athletes entirely from crime in Rio de Janeiro, according to an Australian paralympic sailor who was robbed at gunpoint.

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Russian track and field athletes banned from Rio Olympics

There won’t be any athletes wearing Russian colours in the track and field events at the upcoming Olympics after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) unanimously decided to ban the Russian athletics team.

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Boomers open to limit minutes for Bogut

Australia will happily take Andrew Bogut to the Rio Olympics even if he can only play limited minutes and not until later in the tournament.

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Athletics Australia boss Phil Jones would be “astonished” if Russian athletes were allowed to compete at the Rio Olympics given the latest doping revelations.

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New WADA report paints bleak picture of Russian doping

Missed drug tests, tampered results and restricted access to drug testers. Those are just some of the findings in a report published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on the progress of testing Russian athletes for doping.

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Zika not a worry: Brazil health minister

Brazil’s new health minister went on the offensive on Friday in a bid to dispel worries about the country’s Zika outbreak, which has cast a pall over the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

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The career of Australia’s most decorated gymnast – Lauren Mitchell – could be over, after she was pipped for a Rio Olympics berth by Larrissa Miller.

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World No.1 Jason Day has opened the door to being another high profile exit from the Rio Olympic Games.

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Archer Semra Ferguson has appealed her non-selection in the Australian team for the Rio Olympics.

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Russia needs to be banned from Rio

Russia is making a mockery of international sport.

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Meldonium in 47 of 49 failed Russian drug tests: WADA

World Anti-Doping Agency president Craig Reedie has disclosed that most of the Russian sportsmen and women who have failed drug tests in the last six months did so because meldonium was detected in their system.

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Australian Olympic team boss Kitty Chiller has warned dual gold medallist Michael Diamond could be ruled out of the Rio Games if convicted on firearms and drink-driving charges.

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Bernard Tomic

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Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro

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Aussie athletes dressed in their Rio opening ceremony uniforms

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View of Rio from the cities mountain-side flavelas (Photo: Daniel Pontello)

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Adam Scott at the WGC matchplay (Photo: AP)

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35 days to Rio: Eric the Eel

By The Roar, Today
35 days to Rio: Eric the Eel

The Olympic motto may be “faster, higher, stronger” but often it’s the true amateur moments that the world embraces.

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36 days to Rio: Jesse Owens defies Nazi Germany in Berlin

With 36 days to go until the Rio opening ceremony, today we look back at the 1936 Games, an Olympic year blighted by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi propaganda about Aryan superiority but defined by the defiance and brilliance of Jesse Owens.

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37 days to Rio: Betty Cuthbert wins three golds in Melbourne

Rewind your clocks ladies and gentlemen because in The Roar‘s countdown to Rio, we swing all the way back to Betty Cuthbert, the golden girl of the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games for Australia.

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A brief history of politics and the Olympics

By SAMBEET DASH, 30 Jun 2016
A brief history of politics and the Olympics

Getting closer to the Olympics, let me address a different, though not entirely unrelated issue – Politics in Olympics.

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38 days to Rio: The boxing superstar that never was

Win gold as an amateur Olympian, become a professional, then rake in the big bucks: that’s been the path to fame for many a great boxer. But one star of the sweet science decided to turn down professionalism’s fortune and fame, and instead became an Olympic legend.

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39 days to Rio: The Aussie who dominated the track

Yesterday, we recalled one of the most heartbreaking moments in Australian Olympic history. In the interests of balance, we’ll now cast our minds back to an Aussie who was so good, his winning time was better than the gold medal winner’s more than 30 years later.

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Can Pearson and Tallent match Strickland’s three-peat at Rio?

At the upcoming Rio Olympics, Sally Pearson and Jared Tallent are aiming to medal for a third time in their respective events – women’s 100 metres hurdles and men’s 50-kilometre walk.

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40 days to Rio: The moment that broke Australia’s heart

With 40 days until the opening ceremony in Rio, it’s time to get this infamous moment out of the way nice and early. After all, this one still hurts sixteen years after it happened.

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41 days to Rio: Edith Bosch – the Olympian not known for her medal winning

Edith Bosch, born in 1980 might have represented the Netherlands at the Olympics in Judo, but she will be also remembered for punching a ‘fan’ at the London 2012 Olympics during the 100-metre sprint.

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42 days to Rio: Oscar Swahn, the oldest ever Olympian

At the age of 72, most people running normal day-to-day jobs are thinking about, or have already retired. But not Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn, who in 1920 became the oldest athlete to ever compete at the Olympic Games.

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43 days to Rio: When Korea stood as one

By The Roar, 24 Jun 2016
43 days to Rio: When Korea stood as one

For a pastime which pits one team against another in a hard-fought contest, it is amazing that sport has a knack for bringing people together. There are few better examples of this than the Sydney Olympics, when athletes from North and South Korea marched together.

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44 days to Rio: The Oarsome Foursome at Barcelona 1992

The ‘Oarsome Foursome’, Australia’s most famous rowers, became household names during the early 1990s, as the group took out the gold medal in the coxless fours at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games.

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Australian Paralympic team: Our most-loved representatives

At the recent Australian Paralympic team launch in Sydney, co-captain and wheelchair racing gold medallist, Kurt Fearnley said “We will be the most loved Australian team”.

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45 days to Rio: Where’d all the amateurs go?

LeBron James. Neymar. Jarryd Hayne. Those are just a few of the household names who could find themselves at the Rio Olympics. But, as we continue our countdown to the Games, professional athletes are only a relatively new Olympic phenomenon.

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46 days to Rio: The golfer who didn’t know she’d won gold

Given the fanfare and publicity around the Olympics today, it’s almost impossible to imagine a time when athletes didn’t know they were competing in an Olympic event. But that’s exactly what happened at the 1900 Paris Games.

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47 days to Rio: Australia’s (and America’s) rugby champion

For the first time in more than 90 years, 2016 will see rugby played at the Olympic Games, albeit in its abbreviated, sevens format. With that in mind, today we look back at rugby’s first dual gold medallist, a former Wallaby who also played for the USA.

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Water Polo ball

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Brazil star Neymar against Croatia at the 2014 FIFA World Cup (Wiki Commons)

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edwin flack monument

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Maria Sharapova

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Eugenie Bouchard

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Australia's Stephanie Rice

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French forward Florent Pietrus vies with Spanish forward Pau Gasol during their men's quarterfinal basketball match

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View of Rio from the cities mountain-side flavelas (Photo: Daniel Pontello)

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