A clock in front of Hamburg town hall displays a countdown to the German city’s referendum on whether to bid to host the Olympics – last November, the citizens voted against the bid. Photograph: Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

There was a rumour going around the office this week that Dublin might be considering a late bid for the Olympics. Not without some hope either. Th(...)

Garbage floats in the polluted Cunha canal which flows into the notoriously polluted Guanabara Bay, site of sailing events for the Rio 2016 Olympic Game. The Rio government promised to clean 80 percent of pollution and waste from the bay in time for the games but have admitted that that goal now is unlikely to be reached. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Concerns over preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics are set to dominate this week’s meeting of the International Olympic Committee’s executive board.(...)

Jasa Veremalua scores a try for Fiji against England in the final of the Dubai Rugby Sevens on Saturday. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images.

It was a weekend of the same game played in different ways and also one that wasn’t played at all. Rugby sevens is the new kid on the block. Although (...)

I’m always surprised,” Federer said. “I win a tournament. I walk off the court, and it’s like, ‘Where’s the doping guy?’” Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Tennis’ oft-questioned anti-doping programme took some new hits last month when Andy Murray called for more investment and Roger Federer called for mo(...)

Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova: the marathon runner ran race after race untroubled by the fear of suspension despite showing blood values which were off the charts. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA

The soothing noises regarding Russia’s presence at next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio became even more soothing on Friday, with the International Olym(...)

Sebastian Coe chairs a meeting of world athletics today to discuss suspending Russia over allegations of state sponsored doping of its athletes, a crisis that has put his leadership under the spotlight barely three months into the job. Photo: Jason Lee/Reuters

The International Association of Athletics Federations will meet on Friday to consider a provisional ban for Russia, which said on Thursday it was (...)

IOC president Thomas Bach: expects Russian officials to comply with all procedures to ensure their athletes can compete in Rio. Photograph: Harold Cunningham/Getty

Olympics chief Thomas Bach expects Russia will comply with doping regulations in time for its athletes to compete at next year’s Rio Games despite cal(...)

Head of the All-Russia Athletics Federation - Mikhail Butov - has admitted that the country has a doping problem, following the release of a World Anti-Doping Agency report. Photo: Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images

The head of the All-Russia Athletics Federation has admitted that his country has a doping problem and that the mentality of coaches needs to change. (...)

Sebastian Coe is under pressure to give up advisory role with Nike. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Russia faces being suspended from athletics by the end of the week, as the fallout from Dick Pound’s devastating report into state-sponsored doping b(...)

Sebastian Coe arrives to speak at the ‘Future Decoded’ conference in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Facundo Arriza/EPA

During the run-up to the London Olympics in 2012 Sebastian Coe was often asked what kept him awake at night. Every time he replied: “I don’t have s(...)