Athletics

National athletics championships postponed

Australia’s national athletics championships have been postponed due to coronavirus, throwing Olympics preparation into chaos. The national titles are the Olympic qualifying event and where the Australian team for Tokyo was to be finalised. The Olympics themselves remain in doubt despite official insistence that they will proceed. The national titles were to be held on March 26 in Sydney. Swimming’s national championships next month have also been called off. Source:

Team GB athletes agree deal over Olympic sponsorship rules

Team GB athletes will be allowed greater freedom to promote their own sponsors at the Olympics after striking a deal to ease rules on advertising. A group of Team GB athletes were in legal dispute with the British Olympic Association (BOA) over their freedom to work with sponsors during the Games. Athletes had previously faced strict limits on endorsing sponsors. The BOA says a new agreement balances its own needs

Blake Leeper: Paralympian appeals to CAS in bid to make 2020 Olympics

Double amputee Blake Leeper has launched an appeal to run at the Tokyo Olympics after he was banned from competing by World Athletics. Leeper runs with prosthetic blades and qualified for the 2019 World Championships but was not allowed to compete while his case was reviewed. He has now appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) to aim to qualify for Tokyo. Paralympian Oscar Pistorius won a similar