Doping spat: Russian Olympic Committee hits back after US swimmer questions whether gold medal winner was ‘100% clean’
Doping spat: Russian Olympic Committee hits back after US swimmer questions whether gold medal winner was ‘100% clean’     The issue of doping reared its head at Tokyo 2020 on Friday as the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) hit back at comments from American swimmer Ryan Murphy which questioned whether Evgeny Rylov’s 200m backstroke gold […]
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Simone Biles and ‘the twisties’: How fear affects the mental health and physical safety of gymnasts
Simone Biles and ‘the twisties’: How fear affects the mental health and physical safety of gymnasts     You can learn a lot about a subculture by the slang it develops. Gymnastics has a lot of slang around fear: the twisties, headcasing, mental block, bailing, balking. Gymnastics is obviously physically demanding with a high injury […]
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Death toll rises as passengers recount horror of China subway floods
Death toll rises as passengers recount horror of China subway floods   At least 33 people have died and eight remain missing in central China, as authorities ramp up rescue and recovery efforts following devastating floods that submerged entire neighborhoods, trapped passengers in subway cars, caused landslides and overwhelmed dams and rivers. Torrential rains have […]
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The Milwaukee Bucks are NBA champions for the first time in 50 years as Antetokounmpo scores 50 points
The Milwaukee Bucks are NBA champions for the first time in 50 years as Antetokounmpo scores 50 points     With the Milwaukee Bucks seeking their first NBA championship in 50 years, their superstar guided the way, putting up 50 points in a legendary NBA Finals-clinching win Tuesday night against the Phoenix Suns. Led by […]
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A Pacific island’s Covid-19 crisis has become a political power play between China and Australia
A Pacific island’s Covid-19 crisis has become a political power play between China and Australia     China and Australia have found another battleground for their deepening diplomatic standoff: the Pacific Islands’ pandemic response. Canberra has hit back at Beijing’s claims it is derailing the rollout of Chinese vaccines in Papua New Guinea (PNG), the […]
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1300 people assumed missing in one German district after deadly floods hit Western Europe
1300 people assumed missing in one German district after deadly floods hit Western Europe   About 1,300 people remain unaccounted for in Germany after the heaviest rainfall in a century caused deadly flash floods to devastate parts of Western Europe, prompting a large-scale rescue effort. Fast moving torrents of water inundated entire towns and villages […]
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Indonesia overtakes India as Asia’s new Covid-19 epicenter
Indonesia overtakes India as Asia’s new Covid-19 epicenter     Indonesia reported 54,517 new cases of Covid-19, authorities said Wednesday, a single-day national record and dire warning sign for the world’s fourth-most populous country. The island nation — home to about 270 million people — is now reporting more cases a day than hard-hit India, […]
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Racist abuse directed at England players after Euro 2020 final defeat is described as ‘unforgivable’ by manager Gareth Southgate
Racist abuse directed at England players after Euro 2020 final defeat is described as ‘unforgivable’ by manager Gareth Southgate     The online racial abuse of some England players following Sunday’s Euro 2020 final defeat by Italy has been described by the team’s manager Gareth Southgate as “unforgivable” and “just not what we stand for.” […]
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