Members of the South Korean Speed Skating team practice at the Gangneung Oval ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.  Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Organisers insist the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics are on track as they battle against the spread of a virus among staff and prepare to deal with the c(...)

The  National Governing Body and High Performance Funding of Sport Ireland. ‘It’s a complex area when it comes to going into a school and to underage athletes.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sport Ireland insists it is not in a position to carry out anti-doping within schools rugby, even if it wanted to. Although now considering it a “h(...)

Russia’s delegation attending the closing ceremony of the XI Paralympic Olympic games in  Sochi in 2014. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty

Paralympic organisers said on Monday they would let some Russians compete as neutrals at the Pyeongchang Winter Games in March, but upheld a ban on Mo(...)

The International Olympic Committee have been accused of doing “backroom deals” with Russia ahead of next month’s winter Games in south Korea. Photograph: Getty Images

The film-makers behind the documentary which exposed Russia’s state-sponsored doping programme have accused the International Olympic Committee (IOC) (...)

An independent report for the   World Anti-Doping Agency revealed widespread doping at the  Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Photograph:  Clive Rose/Getty Images

Forty-two Russians have lodged appeals against bans issued by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following doping violations at the 2014 Sochi (...)

Cho Myoung-gyon, South Korea’s unification minister (L) and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, shake hands  during a meeting in the DMZ in Paju, South Korea. Photographer: KPPA/Bloomberg

North Korea has offered to send a taekwondo martial arts team, cheerleaders and high-ranking officials to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next mont(...)

People walk past the mascots of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, Soohorang and Bandabi, in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Chung Sung-jun/Getty Images

North Korea’s representative at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said the country expects to send a figure-skating pair to compete at the(...)

Lowest-ranked team Saudi Arabia are drawn against Russia in the 2018 World Cup. The second- and third-lowest ranked teams were also, coincidentally, drawn against Russia. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

I can’t put the feeling into words, but I’ll never forget it. Niall Quinn had just equalised against Holland and I was jumping around ecstatically in (...)

President Vladimir Putin dismissed the IOC’s decision to ban Russian athletes from the Pyeongchang games in South Korea as “orchestrated and politically-motivated”.  Photograph: Getty Images

What began as a grassroots online campaign featuring a schoolboy has grown into a mass hashtag protest against Russia’s exclusion from the Winter Olym(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin attends the forum of Russian volunteers at the Megasport Sport Palace in Moscow, Russia. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool/EPA

Vladimir Putin declared on Wednesday that he is to seek a fourth term as Russia’s president in an election next March. Mr Putin revealed his long-a(...)

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