Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards will teach the celebrities to conquer the ski jump
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Sunday 14 December 2008
Two of Britain's Beijing ring heroes, James DeGale and Tony Jeffries, and head coach Terry Edwards are threatening legal action against the Amateur Boxing Association. The two boxers, who have now turned pro, are poised to sue over bonuses they claim were promised before the Olympics but have not been paid. The pair have given ABA bosses until tomorrow evening to arrange a meeting to settle the situation, otherwise they will issue writs. DeGale says he is due £20,000 as a gold medallist and Jeffries £5,000 for his bronze. They are also demanding an apology from ABA president Richard Caborn, who accused them of "biting the hand that feeds them". Edwards has taken legal advice and will seek damages unless the ABA chief executive, Paul King, retracts comments made in a radio interview last week when he said the coach was informed by letter before the Games that the medal bonus scheme had been withdrawn. "This is blatantly untrue," says Edwards. "There was no communication whatsoever." He meets Derek Mapp, chair of the newly formed British Amateur Boxing Association this week, to discuss his future but he looks certain to quit. Embarrassingly for the umbrella body, Irish coach Gary Keegan has again turned down an offer to become the sport's performance director. "We have a few management problems to resolve," Mapp admits.
Saturday 13 December 2008
Cyclo-therapy: Get on your bike and you’ve bucked the system. You are performing a small act of defiance
Saturday 13 December 2008
It's the BBC 'Sports Personality of the Year Award' tomorrow night, and there are four cyclists among the 10 contenders. Wa-hey! Cycling has finally come in from the cold. Granted its rightful place at sport's top table. And yet, and yet ...
Monday 08 December 2008
Monday 08 December 2008
Sunday 07 December 2008
London's Olympic organisers face a far tougher inquisition from MPs on Tuesday than the cosy questioning by the International Committee recently over economies that need to be made for 2012. Some members of the Culture, Media and Sport committee will suggest that insufficient heed is being paid to the effects the deepening recession will have on the Games – a feeling apparently shared by Boris Johnson. The mayor is believed to have some differences with fellow members of both Locog (the London organising committee) and the ODA (Olympic Development Authority) over proposed cut-backs and wants more use of existing venues rather than expenditure on temporary ones.
Monday 24 November 2008
Sunday 16 November 2008
British sport is back in the swim thanks to the prowess of Rebecca Adlington, but this seems to have escaped the notice of the burghers of Redbridge in Essex.
Tuesday 11 November 2008
Thursday 16 October 2008
Sunday 05 October 2008
Former prime minister Tony will be asked to play a key role in bringing the 2018 World Cup to England. He is expected to be among the luminaries lined up by the Football Association when the bid board of big-hitters from politics, sport and the commercial world is announced shortly by the FA chairman Lord Triesman. Blair, who privately expressed an interest in being part of the bid team before he left office, played an influential part in London capturing the 2012 Olympics. Triesman, a Labour peer, clearly believes his former leader still carries the clout to woo Fifa voters in what will be a highly charged game of political football, with Russia, now almost certain to be England's chief rivals, making it known they will do "whatever it takes" to win the bid.
Saturday 04 October 2008
Thursday 04 September 2008
Young swimmers hoping to emulate the double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington's Beijing exploits at the London 2012 Games are being subjected to an unacceptably heavy training regime and excessive "surveillance", a study has concluded.
Monday 01 September 2008
With apologies to Gregory Havret, the Frenchman who prevailed in a tense finish to this Johnnie Walker Championship, the proudest player on this golf course yesterday was Oliver Wilson. He does not expect to have a pub named after him, but Mansfield will have toasted his achievement last night.
Friday 29 August 2008
The chef Tom Aikens has thrown in the towel in his pitched battle with his disgruntled Chelsea neighbours.
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