Australia’s gymnastic governing bodies must confront sport’s ugly past

For a nation that takes inordinate pride in its sporting prowess and medal tallies, this week’s Human Rights Commission report into the culture of gymnastics in Australia is not easy reading. It reveals a litany of systemic problems involving bullying, fat shaming, harassment, assault and a widespread use of authoritarian coaching methods. The revelations in Australia follow an outpouring of stories of abusive treatment from current and former gymnasts worldwide,

No pain in the neck as Stevens wins record 14th national title

Former world champion Dani Stevens won a record 14th national discus title on Sunday, the most national titles any Australian has won in the one event. But more importantly, she felt back to full fitness after a year of painful recovery. When you add Stevens’ four shot put titles, she is has now won 18 total. Dani Stevens won a record 14th national title in one event this weekend.Credit:Getty Images

Nothing Basic about rising sprint star Hana’s road to the top

Hana Basic might never have stepped foot in the country, let alone run for Australia. Basic might have been many things: Bosnian, gymnast, Australian sprinter, anonymous backpacker. The daughter of immigrants who fled the former Yugoslavia during the war, she was a gymnast before she was a runner, and she could do flips before she could speak English. She was a tourist before she was a serious athlete. Hana Basic

Russian former indoor 1,500 metres champion gets eight-year doping ban

Russia’s former world indoor 1,500 metres champion Yelena Soboleva has been handed an eight-year ban after she violated anti-doping regulations, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Wednesday. Soboleva, who set the world indoor record in 2008, had previously received a two-year suspension along with six other leading Russian women athletes ahead of the Beijing Olympics after manipulating their drug samples. She retired in 2013. “Yelena Soboleva has

From fashions on the field to a winner’s sash: Ware’s win at Stawell

Two years ago when the Stawell Gift was last run Edward Ware won the Fashions on the Field. On Monday he finally had sprinting success on the field, winning the 120-metre race on grass in a time of 12.19 seconds from a mark of 9.75 metres. He then backed it up and won the 200-metre final an hour later. Edward Ware (left) and Hayley Orman hold their trophies after winning

Key Factors to Consider When Choosing Sneakers

Sneakers are a must-have if you are an outdoorsy person. Anyone with a passion for shoes will tell you that you don’t have to break the bank to get that perfect sneaker with your name on it. It would be best if you had a keen eye for specific shoe brands, especially work out shoes, to maintain your pace and avoid exposure to certain risk factors that come with substandard

Holly Bradshaw eyes Euro gold to justify living 'like a hermit' in pandemic

Holly Bradshaw has revealed the “nightmare” logistical challenge of getting to Poland in shape to lead Britain’s medal charge at the European Indoor Athletics Championships. Pole vault star Bradshaw is favourite for gold tomorrow but she has arrived in Torun having been unable to compete in five out of eight possible events due to cancellations and Covid restrictions. “It's been a hugely frustrating indoor season, logistically an absolute nightmare,” she

Full list of rules for Tokyo Olympics athletes as fans banned from cheering

Athletes and officials are set to be tested for Covid-19 every four days at the Tokyo Olympics – and fans will not be allowed to cheer or sing. Olympic chiefs published their guide for international sports federations on Wednesday. Those taking part will be expected to take a coronavirus test 72 hours prior to departure for Tokyo, and present evidence of that negative test upon arrival. They will be taken

Office workers, Olympic hopefuls return to the Tan

Stewy McSweyn wants to come back and break the Tan record. Mark Purvis just wants to come back and race the Tan again. The release from lockdown is delivering a return to normal routines and for many Melburnians that routine includes a run of the Tan. Next year on Anzac Day Eve the first of what is hoped to be an annual race around the Tan will be staged offering

Semenya takes hormones battle to human rights court

Save articles for later Add articles to your saved list and come back to them any time. Caster Semenya is taking her legal battle against rules to limit female runners' testosterone levels to the European Court of Human Rights, her lawyers have confirmed. The move was announced just over two months after Switzerland’s supreme court said its judges had dismissed Semenya’s appeal against a Court of Arbitration for Sport verdict