Olympics

Emil Zátopek: The greatest Olympian who defied Russian tanks

Emil Zátopek was once the world's best loved athlete – many runners still consider him the greatest Olympic champion of all. But in 1968 his life took a turn for the worse. His brave stand against the Soviet tanks that invaded his native Czechoslovakia saw him fall foul of the Communist authorities – and vanish from public life. Today, he is all but forgotten. And yet, argues Richard Askwith, his story is as relevant today as it has ever been

Anonymous athlete: 'I was just 15 when I was first accused of doping'

The blanket ban on Russian athletes from competing globally was imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations last week in a bid to eradicate what the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Dick Pound called “state-sponsored doping”. It means that clean athletes have been denied a chance to compete on the world stage, with their chances of going to next year’s Olympics hanging in the balance. The Independent on Sunday’s Matt Majendie spoke to one “clean” Russian athlete, who has asked to remain anonymous...