Andrew Coscoran trains on the cliffs in front of Bremore Castle in Balgriggan. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

23-year-old happy to play the Olympics long game after a fine year was cut very short

The first climb over the Sally Gap loud-mouthing the arias of Il barbiere di Siviglia and then down along the already gorse-scented Glenmacnass where the earth is fast reawakening.

Ghosts of cycling greats for company on a spin deep into the heart of the Garden of Ireland

Hundreds of luxury apartments overlooking Tokyo Bay that were due to be converted into the Athletes’ Village have already been sold. Photograph: Getty Images)

Thomas Bach: ‘We’ll organise a Games only in a safe environment for all participants’

A 3D printed Olympics logo is seen in front of a display for “Tokyo 2021”. Photograph:  Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Announcing Games will be pushed back will lead to a logjam of major events

Multi-annual model allows funding to run until 2021 after Olympic Games pushed back

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic flame is transferred to the Olympic cauldron after it failed to light the first time as it goes on display at Ofunato, Iwate prefecture in Japan on Monday. Photograph: Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images

IOC'S Dick Pound claims decision has already been made to push back Games

There is increasing pressure on the IOC to postpone the Tokyo Olympics. Photograph: PA

Athletes, teams and federations calling for a delay to Games - due to start on July 24th

Global Athlete are the latest group calling for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to be postponed. Photograph: Eugene Hoshiko/AP

Global Athlete group release statement saying ‘public health must be a priority’

Basil Clifford: Although he didn’t make it out of his 1,500m heat, Clifford was rightly welcomed back to Donore as a hero and inspiration following his appearance at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.

IOC will have to tread on athletes’ cherished dreams if Tokyo 2020 is postponed

Sport Ireland chief executive John Treacy believes the Tokyo Olympics should be pushed back to the autumn at the earliest over the outbreak of coronavirus. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sport Ireland CEO is latest voice in growing calls for IOC to push the Games back

Sport Ireland will be maintaining their national anti-doping programme during the coronavirus crisis. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Testing priority will be on athletes training towards Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics

The hopes of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics starting on July 24th as scheduled remain in the balance.Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Association say 24th July Opening Ceremony remains target but the situation is evolving

The 2020 Belfast Marathon has been postponed until September. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Race was originally scheduled for May 2nd, half-marathon pushed back to February 2021

 Lasha Guruli (blue) of Georgia punches Gabil Mamedov (red) of Russia during the men’s lightweight (63kg) preliminary round bout on day two of the European Boxing Olympic qualifying event at the Copper Box Arena in London. Photograph: James Chance/Getty Images

Ireland has sent 13 boxers to the qualifying event at the Copper Box in London

The new National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, which will host a major part of the  2020 Olympics. Photograph:   Matt Roberts/Getty Images

It is too soon to say if there may be some lasting impact from Covid-19 on elite athletes beyond postponing their Olympic dream

Meath’s Shane Walsh: the forward will be absent from the Dublin game. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Graham Geraghty wonders if Meath can ever close that gap on former big rivals again

 Evan Niland:  against Tipperary on Sunday he scored 0-14, all but one coming from placed balls. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Manager Shane O’Neill is focused on building a competitive squad for the championship

Galway’s Conor Whelan scores a goal in Salthill. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

The winning prize for Galway is a league quarter-final against Wexford next Sunday

Marathon runners using the controversial marathon shoe competing in Tokyo. “Essentially equipment should not come into the equation, whether that’s the 100m or the long jump or the marathon,” said John Treacy. Photograph:  Kyodo News/Getty Images

Tokyo results show use of Nike Vaporfly helps facilitate significantly faster times

Gold medalist Abede Bikila of Ethiopia with, left, silver medalist Basil Heatley of Great Britain and blonze medalist Kokichi Tsuburaya of Japan on the podium at the medal ceremony of the Men’s Marathon during the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. Photograph: Sankei Archive/Sankei via Getty Images

Legacy of an inspirational if tragic figure still being felt in the Land of the Rising Sun

Brian Howard: has made a significant impact for Dublin since becoming a first-choice player in 2018.  Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Versatile All Star indicates Dubs keen to move on from the half-time fracas in Tyrone

Hiko Tonosa receives his Irish citizenship at a ceremony in Killarney.

Ethiopian-born athlete will now be eligible to run for Ireland in international competition

Conor Meyler and James McCarthy during Tyrone’s win over Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dubs midfielder isn’t expecting repercussions following Healy Park tunnel brawl

Corofin defender Gary Sice  and Kilcoo forward Paul Devlin were both selected for AIB GAA Players awards.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Defeated All-Ireland finalists and Ulster champions Kilcoo recognised with four awards

Shane O’Neill: “We have a tasty match against Tipp now, the postponed game, and it’s particularly good to have two home games in a row.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tribesmen aiming to make home advantage count against All-Ireland champions

Mickey Harte with Dublin manager Dessie Farrell following Tyrone’s league victory at Healy Park, Omagh.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Managers feel change could have been trialled before start of the championship

Tyrone’s Rory Brennan with Dublin’s Kevin McManamon in their Allianz Football League Division 1 game at Healy Park, Omagh on Saturday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

GAA Wrap: Disturbance distracted from stormy contest, with Tyrone coming out on top

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte celebrates after their Allianz Football League Division 1 win against  Dublin at Healy Park, Omagh on Saturday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

While Jorge played havoc with match play, a halftime schmozzle brewed up in the tunnel

Tyrone’s Conor Meyler and Dublin’s James McCarthy scuffle during the heated Allianz Football League Division One encounter at Healy Park. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Tyrone and Dublin players came to blows at half-time in a feisty encounter at Healy Park

Tyrone’s Niall Morgan kicks a free in his team’s win over Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Question of how the game went ahead will linger as Tyrone go from zero to heroes

Dublin Track Club coach Feidhlim Kelly leading a track session with Paul Robinson, Daire Finn and Brian Fay. Photograph: Dublin Track Cub

First rule is that this is not a club. Second rule is that they do not have a track

John O’Dwyer: “It [hurling] is supposed to be the quickest field sport in the world. Bringing in technology, you see with VAR in soccer, it is after completely ruining the whole game. It will ruin it for spectators, will ruin it for players, will ruin it for everyone.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary star unconvinced of the merit of any of the hurling motions to be proposed at Congress

Jack O’Connor: the former Kerry boss will be looking for a badly-needed Kildare victory when his side face Laois at O’Moore Park on Saturday. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Defeat at O’Moore Park would leave O’Connor’s side mired in a relegation battle

Rafael Nadal: ‘Hopefully this problem in the world is controlled, can be solved as soon as possible.’ Photograph: David Guzman/EPA

International Olympic Committee ‘fully committed’ to event in Tokyo, says president

Irish world boxing champion Kellie Harrington: The Ireland boxing squad have had to cut short their training camp due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in Italy.  File photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Olympics News: Games set to go ahead in June, although some qualifying events hit

Meath footballer Donal Keogan at  Allianz Ireland’s announcement of a five-year extension of its partnership with the GAA as title sponsor of the Allianz Football and Hurling Leagues on Tuesday. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Meath struggling to stay in Division One but Keogan is not conceding defeat just yet

Mayo manager James Horan. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Meanwhile, Babs Keating describes recent refereeing as similar to Killinaskully

Ireland’s Kevin Seaward running the men’s marathon at the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin on August 12th, 2018.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland’s rising marathon man talks running shoe technology and the need to train hard

Irish gymnast and Indeed ambassador Rhys McClenaghan is  determined to take home Ireland’s first ever Olympic medal in gymnastics. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Irish gymnast: ’Thinking about being the Olympic champion, that spurs me'

Galway’s Conor Whelan under pressure from Kevin Moran of Waterford during their Allianz League clash. Photo: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

Liam Cahill’s side were impressive in their victory, holding out to win by a point

Ireland’s Kevin Seaward clocked a lifetime best of 2:10.10 at the Seville Marathon. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

School teacher runs 2:10.10 in Seville to smash his own previous best of 2:13.39

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross with his wife, Ruth Buchanan, at the Citywest count centre last Sunday following  his election defeat.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

He championed such great Irish athletes as ‘Dominant Puspure’ and ‘Thomas Barry’

Referee Seán Hurson black-cards Eric Lowndes of Dublin in the Dublin v Kerry Division 1 clash at Croke Park last month. Photograph: James Crombie:Inpho

Limerick motion would allow managers and captains clarify refereeing decisions

The Mayo team. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Motion 48 seeks to include legal guardians and allow for ‘other relevant connection’

Brian Fenton bursts through during Dublin’s draw with  Monaghan at Croke Park last Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin midfielder was close to writing off intercounty career when opportunity knocked

Phil Healy broke the Irish 200m indoor record in Athlone. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

25-year-old breaks 17-year-old 200m record, Ciara Mageean victorious in the 3,000m

Director general Tom Ryan at the launch of the GAA annual report at  Croke Park on Tuesday.  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Director general Tom Ryan says more oversight needed for stadium developments

Ciara Mageean: looking forward to running the 3000m in Athlone. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Down athlete who broke indoor 1,500m record last year now sets her sights on 3,000m

Monaghan’s Niall Kearns is challenged by Dublin’s John Small during last weekend’s Allianz League Division One clash in Croke Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Tom Ryan says spending cap may be needed after 2019 senior team spending of €29.74m

Kerry’s David Clifford after he was  sent off against Tyrone. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Storm Ciara made conditions difficult on a day that saw wins for Galway and Mayo

Britain’s Chris O’Hare won a second Wanamaker Mile in New York on Saturday night. Photograph:   Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Moyne CS runner takes junior New Balance Invitational mile at Millrose Games

Tyrone’s Ben McDonnell and David Clifford of Kerry scuffle on the ground during the Allianz Football League Division One clash in Edendork. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Kerry took well to late change of venue but home side grinded away and nabbed the points

Tokyo will undoubtedly take any potential coronavirus outbreak at the Olympics very seriously. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

What is certain is that Japan won’t take any chances with the potentially deadly virus

“I’m not a fan of the shoes, and I feel World Athletics have let us down in the last week.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

McCormack strongly believes all such running shoes should be banned

Clare’s David Fitzgerald: “We’re lucky that we got a few breaks to go our way, a few points to hold on.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The Clare forward has high praise for ‘outstanding’ team-mate Tony Kelly

A yellow sliotar in use last year during a game between Kilkenny and Limerick in   Queens, New York. Photograph: Emily Harney/Inpho

New yellow sliotar is easier to follow and designed to help clear up disputed scores

Kerry captain David Clifford,  referee Anthony Nolan and Galway captain Shane Walsh before their League match in Tralee. Photograph: Keith Wiseman/Inpho

County champions East Kerry had confirmed their nomination of 21-year-old David Clifford for Kerry football captain

Meath’s Cillian O’Sullivan tries to evade Donegal’s Michael Murphy. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Páirc Tailteann silenced as Declan Bonner’s side bounce back from their draw with Mayo

Nike Vaporfly 4%: the shoe of choice for champion marathon runners

Worn by Eliud Kipchoge to run the fastest-ever marathon, these shoes are proven to boost running times

World Athletics opted not to ban the Nike Vaporfly shoes on the basis they have been 'generally available for a considerable period of time'. Photograph: Christopher Pike/Reuters

Ian O’Riordan: Vaporfly shoes are not banned but Eliud Kipchoge’s Alphafly are

Eliud Kipchoge wearing his Nike Vaporfly runners after completing a staged marathon in Vienna last October in a time of  1:59.40. Photograph: Alex Halada/AFP via Getty Images

Shoes must be available on the open market four months before they can be used in competition

Taiwanese wearing face masks ride motorbikes in Taipei, Taiwan. The coronavirus originating from Wuhan, China, has spread to all the 31 provinces of China as well as more than a dozen countries, including nine cases in Taiwan. The outbreak of coronavirus has so far claimed 170 lives and infected more than 8,000 others, according to media reports. Photo: David Chang/EPA

World Athletics have confirmed the championships will now take place next year

Donegal’s Conor O’Donnell and Caolan Ward and Mayo’s James Durcan in their Allianz Football League Division One game at  MacCumhail Park, Ballybofey. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Coach says football league is generating real competition between similarly skilled teams

Sanita Puspure is one of Ireland’s biggest medal hopes ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Two gold, one silver, three bronze: Six medals are predicted for Irish competitors

IT Carlow manager Pat Critchley. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

IT Carlow manager embarking on latest chapter of a storied sporting career

Thomas Barr: “The only thing about Rio is I look back and think it was such a fantastic part of my career.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Waterford native looking ahead to the challenge of the 400m hurdles in Tokyo

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean broke her own Irish indoor 1,500m record in Boston. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Portaferry runner began 2020 with a bang by finishing third at New Balance Grand Prix

Bary Nash on the ball during Limerick’s win over Tipperary. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Defending All-Ireland champions lead by 10 but are pegged back in Semple Stadium opener

Ireland’s Gary O’Donovan (right) and Paul O’Donovan (left) delivered a silver medal in Rio.  Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Ian O’Riordan: the price of each anticipated medal could be close to €10 million

Conor Cox: “If people did have aspirations to play county with another county and it suited them work-wise and living-wise . . . the GAA that could maybe make it a little bit easier.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Roscommon star believes time is right for the association to examine current constraints

Ireland’s Efrem Gidey winning  a bronze medal in the Men’s U20 race at the 2019 SPAR European Cross Country Championships at Bela Vista Park, Lisbon. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Impressive senior debut in Seville suggests there’s plenty more to come

Aoife Cooke ran the fastest marathon by an Irish woman on home soil in the 2019 Dublin marathon. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Cooke is on a dream pursuit and doing her best to get a marathon place at Tokyo

Diarmuid O’Connor in action for Mayo against Jack McCaffrey during the All-Ireland semi-final.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Forward says players focused on on-pitch matters as holders prepare to defend league

William O’Donoghue: “We were beaten in that semi-final by a Kilkenny team who are incredibly talented, have one of the best managers of all time, and had a fantastic work rate.” Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Midfielder believes county eager to move on and begin the quest for more honours

Séamus Callanan: “The Allianz league will be very important in our preparations. It’s like anything else, you get that jersey the first day out and you try and hold on to it for the rest of the year.”    Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Premier County captain setting his sights on a first national league title since 2008

Conor McDonald of Wexford with the Division One  trophy at the launch of the 2020 Allianz Hurling Leagues at Croke Park.  Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Charismatic coach continues to have a massively positive effect on the Model County

David Clifford has been named Kerry captain for 2020. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

East Kerry two-time All Star takes the mantle despite not turning 21 until Wednesday

Stephen Scullion is now Ireland’s third marathon qualifier for Tokyo, along with Paul Pollock and Fionnuala McCormack. File photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Belfast athlete earns automatic qualification to Olympics after finishing fifth in Houston

Ian O’Riordan travelled to Iten, Kenya, in December 2011, seven months before the London Olympics for a share fo the sacred air.

Nobody is being fooled anymore about how so many of their runners are so bloody good

TJ Reid celebrates Ballyhale’s victory over Slaughtneil in the All-Ireland semi-final. “Things are going very well for me at the moment, that allows me to be very consistent . . . I can concentrate on my hurling and the stuff I do outside of hurling.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Positive work-life balance keeps Ballyhale sharpshooter firing nicely on all cylinders

Corofin’s Liam Silke: for the last two years he has been unable to play a Sigerson Cup match with UCD as it clashed with an All-Ireland club semi-final.  Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Darragh Silke to miss UCD’s Sigerson Cup quarter-final on Sunday due to club final

Kilcoo’s Conor Laverty in action during the AIB  All-Ireland senior club championship semi-final against Ballyboden St Enda’s at Kingspan Breffni Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Down club looking to deny Corofin a historic three-in-a-row of club football titles

Paddy the cockerel joins in celebrations  after    Borris-Ileigh’s victory over Kiladangan in the Tipperary SHC Final at Semple Stadium back in November. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Tipperary side hoping to continue old tradition with the help of Paddy the cockerel

 David Gillick celebrates  winning the 400m final at the  European Indoor Athletics Championships in Madrid in 2005.  Photograph: Victor Fraile/Reuters

National 400m record holder has some timely advice for Ireland’s young athletes

The 2019 Dublin Marathon was limited to 22,500 participants. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

This year’s race, taking place on October 25th, attracted more than 35,000 applicants

  Stephen O’Brien (Kerry), GAA president John Horan, Mark Collins of Cork, Sean McGrath, CEO, Allianz Ireland, Conor Cox (Roscommon) and Diarmuid O’Connor (Mayo) at the  Allianz Football League launch in Dublin.  Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Top forwards less than enthusiastic about the advent of the advanced mark

Stephen O’Brien has his goal effort  saved by Dublin’s Stephen Cluxton during the All-Ireland final replay at Croke Park in September. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kingdom star only too well aware of the small margins between victory and defeat

Hannah Tyrrell: “I’ve been in the Sevens six years now. It’s a big commitment, and the plan is to focus on the 15s for the next few years, with the World Cup coming up in 2021.”  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Newly engaged, the versatile rugby star is eager to serve Ireland on two fronts

Borris-Ileigh’s Conor Kenny in action against Glen Rovers in the Munster SFC semi-final at Semple Stadium, Thurles, last November.   Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Conor Kenny relishing challenge of facing Ballyhale in All-Ireland club hurling final

AFL club confirm they have secured pre-season trial for Tyrone All Star forward

Borris-Ileigh’s Brendan Maher celebrates after the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Club semi-final against St Thomas’ delivers the pace and quality of high summer

Nemo Rangers’ Alan O’Donovan contests a high ball with Joseph O’Connor and Michael O’Donnell of Austin Stacks during the Munster club football semi-final  at Páirc Uí Rinn, Ballintemple. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Munster kingpins have bounced back from 2018 defeat to earn another crack at Corofin

  Michael Darragh Macauley of Ballyboden St Enda’s in action against  Mark Furey of Éire Óg during the hard-fought Leinster club football final at O’Moore Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Champions Ballyhale look set to advance to another hurling decider as they face Slaughtneil

The letter of September 3rd, 1964, about six weeks before the start of the Tokyo Olympics

The Dassler brothers recruited leading athletes by responding to most legitimate requests with offers of free shoes and gear

Smoke obscures the sun on the  running trails  at Falls Creek. Photograph: Sonia O’Sullivan

Falls Creek resort closed after state of disaster announced by Victoria’s premier

Kenya’s David Rudisha celebrates winning the men’s 800m with a new world record on day 12 of the London Olympic Games in 2012. Photograph: PA

David Rudisha took the 800m where no athlete had gone before, or since

 Runners participate in an opening event for the new National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, on Saturday December 21st, 2019. The stadium will be the main venue for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics next July. Photograph: Jiji Press/EPA

Ian O’Riordan: For the world’s top marathon runners, it will feel a long way from Tokyo

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe: ‘I think the next four years will be even more focused on the sport, on formats, on competition. How do we make the World Championships an even more exciting prospect?’ File photograph: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

World Athletics president focuses on future after term dogged by doping scandals

In the marathon, Ireland ranks 23rd overall (average time 4:16:59), men ranked 12th (average time 4:05:17 hours), and women 26th (average time 4:41:10 hours) out of 193 UN countries. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Participation rates growing, particularly among women, bucking European trend

Overall winner Sanita Puspure alongside Outstanding Achievement winner Mary Geaney and golfer Leona Maguire at the awards in the Shelbourne Hotel. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Two-time World champion tops monthly winners representing 11 different sports

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