MARK CAVENDISH has left the Tour de France with five stages to go in order to focus on the Rio 2016 Olympics.The Manx Missile, 31, has won four legs of this year's race - his best return at the Tour in five years - and will focus on the Rio velodrome.Cavendish is expected to ride the omnium in Rio in a bid to win the first Olympic gold of his career.He finished sixth in March's Track Cycling World Championships in London in the six-event competition - that was won by Colombian sprinter Fernando Gaviria.He said: "After an extremely enjoyable couple of weeks, it is with great sadness that I took the decision to leave the race."After the heat and intensity of the previous stages, we analysed my fatigue levels and decided I'm at a point that would have a detrimental effect on my other big goal for the year, the Olympic Games."The Team Dimension Data rider has been training hard on the track in Manchester ahead of the Games and in May spent time training at altitude in Big Bear in … [Read more...] about Tour de France 2016: Mark Cavendish leaves race to focus on Rio 2016 Olympics after winning stunning four stages in France
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ANDY Murray has been granted the honour of being Britain’s flag-bearer at the Rio 2016 Olympics.The 29-year-old Scot, who will carry the Union Jack at tonight’s Opening Ceremony, described the task as the proudest moment of his career.But how are people chosen?Each sport involved in Team GB is asked to nominate one of their own competitors to fly the flag, then there is a vote - overseen by the British Olympic Association - to pick the winner.The flag-bearer receives a certificate to commemorate their selection.Cricketer Kynaston Studd was the first person to carry the flag for Britain at the London 1908 Olympics, when the parade was introduced.The first woman bestowed the honour was figure skater Mollie Phillips at the 1932 Winter Olympics in New York.Two people have been given the honour on more than one occasion: biathlete Mike Dixon three times at the Winter Games, and rower Steve Redgrave twice for the Summer Games.Andy, the reigning Wimbledon champion and … [Read more...] about Andy Murray is Britain’s flag-bearer for the Rio 2016 Olympics… but how is the honour decided?
Izzat Artykov, 22, entered the Rio 2016 Games as the reigning Asian Champion, winning bronze as he hauled a total of 339 kilograms in the men's 69-kilogram category final on Tuesday. The Court of Arbtiration for Sport (CAS) on Thursday announced that Artykov had tested positive for strychnine, a stimulant better known for its poisonous qualities in large doses that can also temporarily boost stamina and resilience. "His medal is forfeited and he is excluded form the Olympic Games," the CAS anti-doping tribunal announced. Artykov had beaten the fourth-place finisher, Colombia's Luis Javier Mosquera Lozano, by just one kilo in the competition; Losano will now inherit the bronze. Gold went to China's Shi Zhiyong, while Daniyar Ismayilov took silver for Turkey. After the competition, eighth-place finisher Bernardin Kingue Matam said that he believed the contest to have been spoiled by doping. "If the international federation and the International Olympic Committee do their job … [Read more...] about Rio 2016: Weightlifter Izzat Artykov stripped of bronze for doping
International amateur boxing governing body AIBA on Wednesday said that any judges or referees involved in controversial Olympic bouts thus far would take no further part in the Rio Games. This followed several verdicts for fights won on points that left observers and competitors scratching their heads. The short three-round format at the Olympics very rarely delivers knock-out victories; most fights are ultimately decided by the judges. AIBA said that an investigative commission "has reviewed all decisions and determined that less than a handful of the decisions were not at the level expected and consequently it has been decided … that the concerned referees and judges will no longer officiate at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games." However, the results of all past bouts would stand, AIBA stressed, even those deemed to be unsatisfactory. Wednesday's initial statement did not identify any individuals or fights. Irish bantamweight Conlan drew attention to judges Two of the more … [Read more...] about Rio 2016: Boxing body ditches judges, referees after dubious scoring
Michal Rynkowski, the director of Poland's Commission Against Doping in Sport said on Friday that Zielinski, who won gold in the 85kg category in London in 2012, failed a doping test in Poland before the Games. "I can clearly confirm that a urine sample taken from Adrian Zielinski gave a positive result for nandrolone. Its concentration was nearly twice the permissible norm," he said. "Today we have received confirmation. The athlete faces a four-year suspension," he said. Just two days before, on Wednesday, Zielinski, who had moved up to the 94kg category in Rio, said he'd never doped: "I deny taking anything. It's impossible," he said. The news came just hours after Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi and Bulgarian steeplechaser Silvia Danekova registered the first positive tests of this year's Games. The 18-year-old female swimmer failed a doping test in Brazil on August 7, according to Chinese news agency Xinhua. Chen Xinyi finished fourth in the 100-metre butterfly on Sunday and was … [Read more...] about Rio 2016: Poland’s Zielinski among three failed Rio doping tests