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Olympic committees in Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia and the UK have received messages threatening their delegations, although officials dismissed them as unfounded

Bradley Wiggins won gold in the time-trial

Team GB chairman defends gold medal winner Bradley Wiggins getting 'blind drunk'

The chairman of the British Olympic Association has hit back at critics complaining about Bradley Wiggins getting 'blind drunk' after winning gold and becoming the nation's greatest Olympian.

Sir Steve Redgrave: Squeaky-clean persona and fistful of gold medals makes the renowned rower a clear bookies' favourite, though he thinks it unlikely as he has been asked to run a leg on 10 July - 17 days before the Games begin

Sir Steve Redgrave not approached to light Olympic flame at London 2012 opening ceremony

Sir Steve Redgrave today revealed he had not been approached to light the Olympic flame at London 2012.

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Gareth Bale could be banned from playing for Tottenham during Olympics says Sepp Blatter

Great Britain boss Stuart Pearce will not be making a complaint to FIFA about Gareth Bale's withdrawal from Olympic duty with a back injury.

Both Mark Lewis-Francis and Dwain Chambers failed to reach the 100m final last night

Chambers fails to sparkle on return to Crystal Palace

The last time Dwain Chambers competed in the London Grand Prix, back in 2003, he was celebrating his victory in the 100 metres when the scoreboard flashed up: "1 D Chambers 9.53 world record." The Londoner clasped his hands to his mouth in disbelief, and with good reason.

Andy Murray poses at Wimbledon

Andy Murray selected to represent Team GB at London Olympics

Andy Murray was confirmed as the first member of the Great Britain tennis team for this summer's Olympics at a press conference at Wimbledon this morning.

Aaron Cook: Overlooked for Great Britain's taekwondo team despite being set to be named world No 1 today

Aaron Cook's Olympic omission ratified by British Olympic Association

Lutalo Muhammad's nomination for London 2012 has been ratified by the British Olympic Association after a review of the selection procedure.

Aaron Cook: The European champion will consider legal action if the BOA do not overturn the decision

WTF?! Another twist to Cook saga

Taekwondo's governing body to investigate the world No 1's omission from British Olympic team

The BOA and BT remain at odds over Aaron Cook's situation

BOA to consult World Taekwondo Federation over controversial Olympic omission of Aaron Cook

The British Olympic Association are to consult the World Taekwondo Federation in the next 24 hours as the decision to overlook world number one Aaron Cook for London 2012 comes under increasing scrutiny.

The BOA and BT remain at odds over Aaron Cook's situation

Angry Cook in last-chance saloon

World No 1 says British Taekwondo's latest refusal to select him for London is a 'national disgrace'

Dwain Chambers feels 'like a kid again' after being invited to race in elite competition

Chambers hopes Bolt can help him secure Games qualifying time

Reprieved sprinter faces new hurdle in quest for place at home Olympics

Britain's Dwain Chambers cleared to run in the London Olympics

Dwain Chambers to compete against Usain Bolt in 100 metres

British sprinter Dwain Chambers will compete against world record holder Usain Bolt over 100 metres at this month's Golden Spike event in Ostrava.

Art of public speaking: Paula Radcliffe enjoys a pre-half-marathon press conference in Vienna

Paula Radcliffe vows to campaign for tougher bans for drug cheats

Paula Radcliffe has vowed to lead a worldwide campaign to pressurise the World Anti-Doping Agency into applying tougher bans on drug cheats.

Leading article: Too soft on drugs in sport

From all the back and forth, the challenges and the appeals, one could be forgiven for thinking that the issue of drugs in sport is a complex one. It is not. It is very simple. An athlete who takes a prohibited substance is cheating and should not be allowed to compete again.

Athletes earn reprieve over drugs ban

Two British athletes who were exposed as drug cheats will be eligible to compete at the London Olympics when their lifetime bans are overturned today.

LOSER: Ryan Giggs
The Fergie Fledgling that became a swan who then got hit by a car. Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year and the PFA Player of the Year awards in 2009. In 2010 commentators and pundits fell over themselves to praise every pass and jink performed by the Welshman. But 2011 was very different. Giggs obtained a super injection to keep details of an extra-marital affair under wraps. But in the age of Twitter it became farcical, and eventually his identity was revealed in the House of Commons in one of the biggest tabloid stories of the year.

Ryan Giggs wishes to be considered for Olympics

David Beckham and Ryan Giggs are among 184 of 191 players contacted by the Football Association who have indicated they wish to be considered for the British men's team at the London 2012 Olympics.

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