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Aiba president with alleged ‘links to heroin trade’ steps down during investigation

• Gafur Rakhimov branded one of Uzbekistan ‘leading criminals’
• Uzbek claims to have ‘revitalised and energised’ Aiba

Gafur Rakhimov, who is accused of being one of Uzbekistan’s “leading criminals” with “links to the heroin trade” by the US Treasury, has offered to step aside as the head of amateur boxing amid an investigation by the International Olympic Committee.

Simone Biles looks ahead to Tokyo 2020 positively after Larry Nassar abuse scandal – video

Simone Biles believes US gymnastics is moving in a positive direction after the ‘dark place’ it found itself in a year ago following a sex abuse scandal.

The 22-year-old, winner of a record-equalling four gold medals at the Rio Olympics, was one of more than 100 gymnasts who said they were abused by the former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who was jailed last year.

Testosterone limits for female athletes not backed by science, say academics

Rules by IAAF would require some female track runners to lower their testosterone levels to compete

Proposed regulations on testosterone levels in women’s athletics have been criticised by academics who say they are not backed by scientific evidence and risk opening a pandora’s box on genetic advantages in sport.

Sky Brown: a 10-year-old skater who could become the UK's youngest summer Olympian – video

Sky Brown is the 10-year-old skateboard prodigy who has taken her sport by storm. Since signing her first professional deal at the age of seven, she has gone on to compete – and win – against women twice her size. She will seek to qualify for Tokyo 2020 as a member of Team GB, a feat that would make her one of the UK’s youngest ever Olympians

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Women in line to form majority of Team GB at Tokyo Olympics

BOA believes history will be made in next year’s selection
• Investment and IOC’s gender balance pledge among reasons

The British Olympic Association is expecting to make history by selecting more women than men for next year’s Olympics, the Guardian can reveal. With 500 days to go before the Tokyo Games, internal Team GB data strongly indicates that for the first time women athletes will make up the majority of the squad.

Sebastian Coe backs ‘purple patch’ Laura Muir to paint Tokyo gold in 2020

• Ability to change pace puts Muir among the greats, says Coe
• Coe: there is ‘no question’ Muir can win Olympic gold

Sebastian Coe believes there is “absolutely no question” Laura Muir can win Olympic gold at Tokyo 2020 after her “double-double” at the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow.

Michael Conlan: 'It’s prize fighting and it’s up to me to deliver for my family'

The unbeaten featherweight speaks about brotherly love, how to be friends with other boxers and his impatience before fights

Not far from Epsom Downs Racecourse, Irish featherweight boxer Michael Conlan sits in his rented accommodation and reflects on his transient lifestyle. “It’s a nice part of the world here in Surrey, but when I’m here I’m just a hermit. I eat, I sleep, I train and, maybe if I’m feeling adventurous, I might go to the cinema. It sounds fairly dull, but I just have to live this life during these years to give my family everything they need.”