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Team GB select marathon man Hawkins for London 2017

Callum Hawkins cools down during the Olympic marathon in Rio last year. Credit: PA

Marathon runner Callum Hawkins has become the first British athlete to be selected for next summer's World Championships in London.

The Scot, 24, who finished an impressive ninth at the Rio Olympics in only his third marathon race, has been confirmed by British Athletics as the first member of its team for August's showpiece.

British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: "We are delighted to confirm Callum's selection for London. He has only competed over 26.2 miles three times, but we can already see the talent he has, finishing eighth at the London Marathon in 2016 and following that up in Rio at the Olympics with a brilliant ninth place."

Black added that the British team for the London World Championships would be "large and competitive".

British Athletics cuts number of athletes on top-level funding

Christine Ohuruogu. Credit: PA

Christine Ohuruogu is one of several top British athletes to have had their National Lottery funding cut for the 2017 season.

The former Olympic and double world champion over 400 metres, 32, has been downgraded from first-tier podium funding to relay funding.

Injury-hit former 400m hurdles world champion Dai Greene and James Dasaolu, Britain's second fastest man ever over 100m, have both been stripped of their funding completely, British Athletics revealed on Wednesday when it released the athletes selected on its world-class performance programmes for 2016-17.

The total number of Olympic athletes on podium funding has dropped from 21 to 15 ahead of next year's World Championships in London, with the retired Jessica Ennis-Hill, sprint hurdlers Andy Pozzi and William Sharman, 1500m runner Laura Weightman and 800m runner Andrew Osagie joining Greene and Ohurougu in dropping off.


IOC launch retesting of Russian winter athletes

There were plenty of issues at Sochi. Credit: PA

A series of re-testing and an investigation will take place into Russian athletes who took part in the 2014 Olympics Winter Games in Sochi.

Coaches, officials and support staff will be put under the microscope, following the McLaren Report into widespread manipulation of doping tests.

The IOC will initiate reanalysis, including forensic analysis, and a full inquiry into all Russian athletes who participated in the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 and their coaches, officials and support staff. For this purpose, a specific Disciplinary Commission is set up under the chairmanship of Mr Denis Oswald. Following the report of this Commission, the IOC EB will impose all the appropriate sanctions.

– IOC statement


Decision on Russia Olympics ban put on hold

Russian athletes could be stopped from participating in Brazil. Credit: PA

The International Olympic Committee have delayed their decision on whether to ban all Russian athletes from Rio 2016 until Friday.

An appeal against a previous sanction against Russia will be heard on Thursday by The Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The IOC say they will "explore the legal options with regard to a collective ban of all Russian athletes for the Olympic Games 2016 versus the right to individual justice".

With regard to the participation of Russian athletes in the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC will carefully evaluate the IP Report. It will explore the legal options with regard to a collective ban of all Russian athletes for the Olympic Games 2016 versus the right to individual justice. In this respect, the IOC will have to take the CAS decision on 21 July 2016 concerning the IAAF rules into consideration, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Charter.

– IOC statement

Russian state aided athletes doping - WADA

The Russian Ministry of Sport oversaw the manipulation of athletes' results and sample swapping, according to the World Anti-Doping Authority.

Canadian law professor and sports lawyer Richard McLaren presented his report, which also claims a Moscow laboratory protected Russian athletes during the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

The report states that The Russian Ministry of Sport "directed, controlled and oversaw" "directed, controlled and oversaw" the goings on at the Sochi doping lab.

The Russian government helped. Credit: PA

UKAD recognises the importance of the McLaren Report for international sport. Now is the time for the entire sporting community to come together to find a way forward and ensure that the right processes, legislation and safeguards are in place to protect the rights of all athletes to clean, fair and honest competition.

As an experienced national anti-doping organisation, we have an obligation to help safeguard clean athletes around the globe by working closely with international partners to support the development of robust anti-doping practices in countries where these are weak. Everyone has a responsibility to support this process for the sake of clean and honest athletes.

– UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead

Russian long jumper Klishina cleared to compete at Rio Olympics

Darya Klishina jumping in 2015. Credit: PA

Russian long jumper Darya Klishina has been cleared to compete as a "neutral" athlete at the Rio Olympics, the IAAF has announced.

Athletics' world governing body said in a statement that the 25-year-old, who trains at the IMG Academy in Florida, had become the second athlete to meet its "exceptional eligibility criteria".

But Russian news agency TASS said all other applications from Russian athletes, including pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva, had been rejected.

The head of the legal department at the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexandra Brilliantova, was quoted by TASS as saying: "The refusals were received by everyone, except for Klishina."

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