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Natalya Coyle finished sixth at the Rio Games: “I will do my best. For me it would be a personal best in every single [discipline] because I know if I can do that in every single one, that would lead to a medal.”  Photograph: Morgant Treacy/Inpho

Travelling internationally with guns in your luggage is quite the high for the stress junkie. For Natalya Coyle, who today begins her third Olympic G(...)

New Zealand’s   Laurel Hubbard  waves after a failed lift in the women’s +87kg weight-lifting competition in Tokyo.  Photograph:  Doug Mills/The New York Times

History was made on a Tokyo evening of superhuman strength and simmering tension as Laurel Hubbard, a 43-year-old weightlifter from New Zealand, becam(...)

USA’s Raven Saunders gesturing on the podium after winning the  Olympic silver medal in the women’s shot put  in Tokyo.  Photograph:  Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images

The Irish women’s hockey team took the knee just before the final game in their Pool A match against Britain last week. The British team also made the(...)

Ireland’s Kellie  Harrington (red) defeated  Italy’s Rebecca Nicoli in her opening fight at the Olympics and on Tuesday will fight  Algeria’s Almane Khelifi for a guaranteed bronze medal. Photograph: Buda Mendes/AFP/Getty

Tokyo is loving Kellie. Kellie is loving Tokyo and life and being Kellie. For the Irish lightweight, this could be her week of weeks. A second bout o(...)

Michelle O’Neill officiating at the 2019 Uefa Super League final between Chelsea and Liverpool in Istanbul. Photograph: Metin Pala/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Interviewing a referee, any referee, is inevitably going to centre around their unseen assistant. Before the VAR inquiry begins it is worth commending(...)

Ireland’s Kellie Harrington celebrates after winning gold at the European Boxing Road To Tokyo Qualifier at Le Grand Dome in Paris at the start of June. Photograph: Dave Winter/Inpho

With 55 Irish women qualifying for the Olympic Games we’re hoping that we’ll have so many contenders for our July and August awards, the deliberations(...)

 Tokyo Olympics:  scheduled to be hosted in Japan from  July 23rd to August 8th.  Photograph: Koji Sashahara/AP

Tokyo 2020 organisers are “extremely confident” their plans for the rescheduled Olympic Games are on track but will not confirm final details until Ju(...)

Nicola Daly celebrating Ireland’s win over India in the World Cup quarter-final. “You spend your whole career waiting for an Olympic Games. We waited a long time and it’s been a year since we’ve qualified. You’re looking forward to that moment.” Photograph:  Christopher Lee/Getty Images

On the face of it, Nicci Daly seems to be pleasantly pulled in three directions. But in reality, it’s just one. That’s Tokyo next year now that the Ol(...)

Two more boats are set to be added in the women’s four: China and Ireland finished ninth and 10th in the 2019 World Championships in Linz-Ottensheim.  a competition where eight boats qualified. Photograph: Getty Images

Through the storm of controversy about the date for the Olympic Games, a flicker of light is visible for Irish rowers. Should the Games go ahead in Ju(...)

Philip Doyle  after setting a new Irish record on the ergometer for 2,000 metres at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships in Limerick. Photograph: Liam Gorman

The Ireland team’s programme for this Olympic year will be hectic: there is no place for the European Championships. Yesterday, a forecast of troubl(...)

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