LONDON Russia will find out in two weeks whether it is to be banned completely from the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro after officials opened proceedings against the country on Friday following revelations of doping cover-ups.
"Suspension proceedings against the National Paralympic Committee of Russia (NPC Russia) have been opened following the publication of the McLaren Report on Monday and additional information it has since received from the report's author," the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said in a statement.
RIO DE JANEIRO Golf's return to the Olympic Games next month for the first time in 112 years has been marred by the absence of the sport's leading players and a court battle over potential environmental damage resulting from a new course in Brazil.
Players, including the world's top four, are turning up their noses at the Olympics, citing concerns over the mosquito-borne Zika virus even though scientists have said there is little risk visitors will be infected during the Games, which start on Aug. 5.
Virat Kohli made history with his first double century as India built a seemingly unassailable lead, 404 for four in their first innings at lunch on the second day of the first test against West Indies in Antigua on Friday.
Captain Kohli became the first man from India to compile a test double century overseas when he pulled a single to deep mid-wicket just before the break in North Sound.
Kohli lowered himself to his knees and kissed the turf as retired batting great Viv Richards, after whom the stadium is named, joined in the applause from the stands.
Turkish weightlifter Sibel Ozkan has been disqualified retroactively from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games due to doping offences and ordered to return the silver medal she won there, the IOC said on Friday.
The 28-year-old Ozkan, who competed in the 48-kilogram category, tested positive for the banned substance Stanozolol.
MOSCOW Having your athletes barred from the Olympics because your government stands accused of systematically covering up doping would trigger a political firestorm in many countries, hurting the standing of the person at the top.
But in Russia, months away from parliamentary elections at a time of economic crisis, President Vladimir Putin and his allies have deftly deflected the blame by passing it off as a Western Cold War-style plot to sabotage Russia's international comeback.
ATHENS Greek 100 metres butterfly champion Kristel Vourna has spoken of her “relief and joy” after an unlikely U-turn by the World Swimming Federation (FINA) following an initial blunder which means she can participate in next month's Rio Olympics.
The 24-year-old, who was initially told by FINA two weeks ago that she had qualified for the Games after making the B standard time, was left devastated days later when the ruling body said her invitation was down to an administrative error.
SAINT-GERVAIS-LES-BAINS, France Chris Froome hit the deck but retained the overall leader's yellow jersey on the Tour de France in the 19th stage, a crash-marred 146-km mountain trek won by Frenchman Romain Bardet on Friday.
The Briton crashed some 12km from the finish on a slippery descent and ended the stage on a team mate's bike with cuts and bruises on his back and right elbow.