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Manchester's failed bid for 2000 Olympics had John Major's support

Prime minister lobbied IOC, secret government files show, but others were sceptical

Manchester’s daring bid for the 2000 Olympics was enthusiastically supported by John Major but behind the scenes ministers and officials were less convinced, National Archives files reveal.

The prime minister wrote to all 79 members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) individually, praising the city’s facilities and commitment in the run-up to the announcement of the winner in Monaco on 23 September 1993.

'Like a damp towel on a line': the day Boris Johnson got stuck on a zip wire

The then London mayor stole the show on the day of Britain’s first 2012 Olympic gold

The rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning were still celebrating Britain’s first gold medal of the 2012 Olympics when their moment in the spotlight was hijacked by a man wearing a hard hat dangling five metres above a park in east London.

Pernell Whitaker obituary

Former world champion boxer who won gold at the 1984 Olympics

During debates about who is the best boxer of all time, the former four-weight world champion Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker is sometimes overlooked. He was not a fearsome puncher, nor was he a braggart who commanded headlines in the era before social media when newspaper reporters treasured outrageous quotes to sell a fight. But his peers always rated him among the sport’s elite.

Thousands of Tokyo commuters told to work from home to avoid Olympic crush

Employees will stay home for two weeks as part of mass trial to take pressure off crowded public transport system

Hundreds of thousands of employees in Tokyo will work from home for two weeks as part of a trial of measures designed to reduce congestion during next year’s Olympics.

With more than 8 million people commuting into Tokyo every day, the influx of visitors for the Games in 2020 is expected to pile more pressure on the Japanese capital’s infamously crowded train system.

Sport leaders call for more cash to boost children’s exercise

Ministers announce long-awaited plan to get youngsters to do 60 minutes of activity a day

The leaders of more than 30 top sporting organisations have called on the government to commit more money to improve sport in and outside school. It comes as ministers announce a long-awaited but limited action plan, including pilot trials to offer young people an hour of exercise a day.

Former Rio governor admits to paying $2m in bribes for 2016 Olympics – video

A jailed former governor of Rio de Janeiro state told a judge on Thursday that he paid about $2m for the votes of International Olympic Committee members to award the Brazilian city the 2016 Summer Games. Sérgio Cabral said he paid $1.5m in bribes through intermediaries to the former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, Lamine Diack, originally in exchange for up to six votes in the meeting that awarded Rio the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

IOC investigates allegations of bribery over Rio’s 2016 Olympic bid

• Former state governor accuses nine members of corruption
• Sergei Bubka among those named by Sérgio Cabral

The International Olympic Committee has promised to investigate startling new allegations that nine of its members – including pole vault legend Sergei Bubka and Olympic swimming champion Alexander Popov – were bribed to vote for Rio’s successful 2016 Olympics bid.

Breaking news: Street dance moves closer to Olympic debut at Paris 2024

  • Breaking among four sports Paris looks to add for 2024 program
  • Final decision on added sports to be made in December 2020

Breakdancing, known as breaking in Olympic circles, moved a step closer to the 2024 Olympics on Tuesday, and now organizers can look to book a street venue in Paris.

The sport’s medal debut was last October at the Buenos Aires Youth Summer Games. The street dance competitions will have 16 athletes in each of the men’s and women’s medal events in Paris.

IAAF agent 'asked Qatari royal' for $5m in bid for sporting events

Emails suggest aide to the crown prince received request from Papa Massata Diack, who is wanted on corruption charges

Leaked emails appear to link a member of the Qatari royal family to a deal that is being investigated as part of a inquiry into alleged corruption surrounding bids for the 2017 athletics world championships and 2020 Olympic Games.