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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

Jim Redmond helps his injured son Derek cross the line in the 400m semi-final at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992

Redmond Snr ready to inspire Games again

Twenty years after helping his injured son cross the finish line in Barcelona, Jim Redmond was selected yesterday to carry the Olympic flame during the torch relay for the London Games.

Dwain Chambers could compete at the Olympics if the BOA lose

Date set for Olympic drugs ban hearing

The British Olympic Association bylaw which enforces a lifetime Olympic ban on drugs cheats will face legal scrutiny by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on March 12.

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Life is sweet for the long jumper – chocolate advert star and father-to-be – but 'slaps on the wrist' for doping offenders leave a sour taste. He talks to Simon Turnbull

Dai Greene opposes the idea of a British football team at the Olympics

Greene: Kick football team out of 2012

World 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene has criticised the inclusion of a British football team at the London 2012 Games, insisting "there is no place for it at the Olympics".

Ruck and Maul: Simpson the unused sub will have to cap his call-up in the Cup

Joe Simpson did any number of stretches and got a pat on the back from the fourth official, but all his twitches on the Dublin touchline last weekend came to nought as time ran out for the Wasps scrum-half to make a Test debut.

Thomas survives RFU vote of no confidence

Martyn Thomas, an increasingly controversial figure in English sporting governance as well as an unusually powerful one, last night survived a vote of no confidence called by Rugby Football Union council members during a long and heated debate at Twickenham.

Ruck and Maul: Beale has last word as Wallabies win first Tri-Nations for a decade

Kurtley Beale finished off a brilliant sweeping move to enable Australia to beat New Zealand 25-20 in Brisbane and win the Tri-Nations title for the first time since 2001.

Inside Lines: Woodward set to return to the ball – but it may not be rugby

Sir Clive Woodward is clearly bitten by the Olympic bug. Hence his decision to stick with the British Olympic Association rather than take the vacant performance director's job at Twickenham.

BOA chairman expects top clubs to embrace Olympics

Lord Moynihan, chairman of the British Olympic Association, is convinced the country's top football clubs will embrace London 2012.

Bakare stands up to be counted

Comedian and actor jumps at chance to bring volleyball to nation's attention in 2012

Woodward dismisses RFU talk and commits to 2016 Olympics

Sir Clive Woodward will not come riding in to the aid of the ailing Rugby Football Union after insisting he will stay with the British Olympic Association until the Games in 2016.

Chambers tries to ignore Olympic talk as he storms heat

If 2012 fever was sweeping through the elite competitors on the opening night of the Aviva UK Trials and Championships here in Birmingham last night, the winner of heat two of the men's 100m could be excused for feeling immune.

Zoe Smith: 'Exams are important but the Olympics take priority'

Britain's teenage weightlifting sensation has put her school work on hold to concentrate on winning a medal at her home Games. Simon Turnbull reports

Leading article: The measure of a successful Games

With a year to go tomorrow to the 2012 Olympics, the London Games enters the home straight of preparation, and glimpses the glory that a successful event would bring.

Fans have bought their 2012 tickets – now Britain's first athlete books hers

With one week and one year to go until the London Olympics begin, Keri-Anne Payne, a 23-year-old from Heywood, near Manchester, yesterday became the first Briton to qualify for the event.

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