Articles from The Guardian - olympics

'I hope my legacy inspires gymnasts' – Olympic medallist Louis Smith retires

  • Smith won medals at three Olympics on the pommel horse
  • ‘Gym has given me everything … it made me the person I am’

Louis Smith has announced his retirement from gymnastics at the age of 29.

Smith was Great Britain’s first individual Olympic medallist in gymnastics for a century when he won bronze on the pommel horse at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

Gafur Rakhimov elected president of Aiba despite IOC criticisms

  • Controversial figure beat Serik Konakbayev on Saturday’s vote
  • IOC critical and yet to confirm boxing for 2020 Olympics

An Uzbek businessman who denies accusations from the US Treasury that he is one of Uzbekistan’s leading criminals with links to the global heroin trade has been elected president of Aiba, the amateur boxing federation, putting the sport on a collision course with the International Olympic Committee.

Call for Tokyo Olympic marathon to start at 5.30am to avoid deaths

Japanese health bodies concerned that 7am start in intense heat may cause fatalities

The organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been urged to start the marathon events at 5.30am to avoid the risk of deaths from the intense heat later in the day.

The call, from the Japan Medical Association (JMA) and Tokyo Medical Association (TMA), will reignite the debate over the wisdom of holding the Games in the middle of Japan’s hot and humid summer.

Ian Thorpe and greats slam broken Olympic funding model

  • List of 43 Olympian greats pen open letter
  • Stars slam ‘pathetic funding version of Hunger Games’

Australia’s reputation as a sporting nation is endangered by a broken funding model, a who’s-who of Olympic champions have said.

Swimming legend Ian Thorpe and 42 other current or former Australian athletes have written an open letter pleading for a re-think of the present funding model.

Black Power salute: 50 years on how much has changed? – video explainer

Fifty years ago, two 200m runners set the Olympics in Mexico City alight by giving Black Power salutes on the podium as they collected their medals. Tommie Smith and John Carlos said their clinched fists showed the solidarity of black America. The pair had no shoes on - to represent those living in poverty - and had human rights logos on their jackets, which Australian silver medalist Peter Norman wore as well. They both say there is still a great deal more to be done to tackle racism. 

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