Sport Ireland chief executive John Treacy: “For the IOC to be pushing for Russia to be reinstated, it is wrong and it fundamentally undermines what we are all trying to do in terms of clean sport.” Photograph:     Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), set up to police sport against the use of banned substances, has been accused of undermining the ethics and trans(...)

Sanita Puspure celebrates winning the gold medal in Plovdiv. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Along with the O’Donovan brothers and the Ireland team, Sanita Puspure is set to be given a public welcome this weekend in Cork. But behind the 36-yea(...)

Ireland’s Marcus Lawlor after finishing his 200m heat in Berlin. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Most athletes will tell you that times count for nothing in championship running. Marcus Lawler was reminded of that the hard way on Wednesday morning(...)

Workers and media at the construction site of the new National Stadium for the Tokyo Olympics: site has been designed to allow “breezes to pass through” and will have about 180 large fans. Photograph:  Issei Kato

The organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are finally thinking about the city’s punishing heat. Freakish weather dominates the news in Japan this mo(...)

Kellie Harrington: “Light welterweight was 64kg. I was never actually 64kg. I was always lighter than 64kg but now I look bigger than I did when I was at 64.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It seemed illusionary at the Senior Championships last February. Kellie Harrington, four kilos lighter than she used to be, seemed almost bigger than (...)

Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s decision to overturn doping bans imposed on 28 Russian Winter Olympic athletes will be challenged by the Interna(...)

Ireland’s Gary O’Donovan and Paul O’Donovan. They compete in an  A Final  at the Sydney International Regatta. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Inpho

The two big courses at Lough Rynn and the National Rowing Centre in Cork will be busy this weekend. The Tribesmen head of the river gives Lough Rynn a(...)

Craig Reedie, World Anti-Doping Agency president speaks during the opening day of the Wada annual symposium in Lausanne. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP.

The World Anti-Doping Agency president, Craig Reedie, has warned Russia that it will not be allowed back in “from the cold” until it acknowledges its (...)

Chicago, 2006: Workers dye the Chicago river green as part of the city’s annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Photograph: John Gress/Reuters

When I lived abroad, I dreaded the inevitable question of the traditions we actually celebrate on St Patrick’s Day. If you don’t eat corned beef or pu(...)

A team of 168 Russians competed as part of a neutral “Olympic Athlete from Russia” team in Pyeongchang but two of them failed drug tests. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Russia was reinstated by the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday after the remaining tests of the country’s athletes at the Pyeongchang Winte(...)

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