The IOC has said to Russia: fill in all those holes in the walls and floors where you swapped dirty urine samples for clean samples, cleanse yourself of all the corrupt scientists and officials, and then come join us for this summer’s garden party in Tokyo. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

All this talk of Covid and the Olympics, but did you see the white flag go up? Do you realise the dopers have won? Do you know the war on drugs is ove(...)

As a consequence of the Cas ruling there will be no raising of the Russian tricolour, or full-blooded cries of ‘Rossiya – svyashchennaya nasha derzhava!’ at world championships for the next two years. File photograph: EPA

Russia’s ban from international sport for doping offences has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) – but there was a controversial (...)

Yuri Ganus: he was appointed in 2017 to head Rusada as it was mounting a push to be reinstated by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada). Photograph:  Getty Images

Russia on Friday dismissed the head of Rusada, its national anti-doping agency, in a move that threatens to further strain the country’s relations on (...)

Ciarán Ó Lionáird in action during the Morton Mile in 2014. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

These are strange days for the distance runner. I rang Ciarán Ó Lionáird during the week to find out was he serious about wanting to come home to run (...)

 Yuliya Stepanova helped lift the lid on the extent of the doping problem within Russian sport. Photograph: Getty Images

Two books more or less about running arrived in the post last week, one I didn’t expect and wanted to read, the other like a blast from the past and I(...)

Springboks winger Aphiwe Dyantyi will face a doping hearing after he failed a drugs test a year ago. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

A full year after Aphiwe Dyantyi tested positive for anabolic steroids, the Springbok winger is to face disciplinary proceedings. Apparently, with ei(...)

 Reigning world 100m champion Christian Coleman was provisionally suspended after missing a doping test, the Athletics Integrity Unit said. File photograph: Getty Images

The world 100m champion Christian Coleman has been told that going on a Christmas shopping trip is no defence for missing a drugs test under World Ant(...)

US boxer  Ginny Fuchs poses for a portrait during the Team USA Tokyo 2020 Olympic shoot  in West Hollywood, California. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

US Olympic team boxer Virginia Fuchs has been cleared of a doping violation after the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) determined that banned (...)

Chinese swimmer Sun Yang has appealed his eight-year ban to Switzerland’s highest court. Photograph:  Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Olympic champion swimmer Sun Yang has submitted an appeal over his eight-year doping ban to Switzerland’s highest court. An official at the Swiss Fed(...)

Munster prop James Cronin received a one-moth ban after failing an anti-doping test following his side’s  Champions Cup draw with Racing 92 at Thomond Park last November. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Every anti-doping report comes across as a gentle stand-off between certain realities and perceptions and the latest edition from Sport Ireland is no (...)

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