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Olympics News Archive - May 2012

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Extra staff to help manage borders during Olympic Games
Nearly 600 civil servants and former immigration workers are to be drafted in to help staff Britain's borders during the Olympics, at a cost of more than £2.5m, in an effort to fulfil the government's pledge to check all passports at peak periods during t
1st May 2012

Wada's David Howman accuses BOA of 'wasting time and money'
The British Olympic Association has been accused of "wasting a lot of time and money" by the World Anti-Doping Agency after its failed court case to keep its lifetime ban for drugs cheats.
1st May 2012

Alexander Dale Oen dies after cardiac arrest at training camp
The Norwegian swimming federation says the world champion Alexander Dale Oen has died during a training camp in Flagstaff, Arizona. He was 26.
1st May 2012

Norwegian Olympic star Dale Oen found dead in bathroom just three months before Games
Norway's world 100m breaststroke champion Alexander Dale Oen has tragically died. Dale Oen, who was 26, was in Arizona at a training camp where he had a cardiac arrest in the bathroom.
1st May 2012

British Modern pentathlon teams chosen for World Championships
Britain's modern pentathlon team for the World Championships in Rome was announced on Tuesday, giving those selected a last chance to secure their Olympic qualification. Mhairi Spence, Samantha Murray, Heather Fell and Freyja Prentice go in the women's c
1st May 2012

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.
1st May 2012

Duran Duran and Snow Patrol to play Olympic Games opening concert
Duran Duran are to represent musical talent from England at a concert marking the start of the Olympic Games. The band will appear alongside other acts representing Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on July 27 to coincide with the opening ceremony o
1st May 2012

Snipers, missiles and fighter jets over London: Get ready for a £1bn Olympic ring of steel
Inside a ring enforced by six ground-based missile stations, RAF Typhoon fast jets will patrol the skies, alongside navy helicopters carrying snipers from the Royal Marines, whose job it will be to shoot aircraft pilots who refuse to turn back from the Ol
1st May 2012

Helder Ornelas becomes first victim of athlete biological passport
The Portuguese long-distance runner Helder Ornelas has been banned for four years by his country's federation after becoming the first athlete to be found guilty of doping using the athlete biological passport.
2nd May 2012

British Cycling extends partnership with Sky until 2016
British Cycling has extended its sponsorship agreement with Sky, described by its chief executive, Ian Drake, as a "key factor in cycling's phenomenal success story", for a further four years, taking it to the end of 2016.
2nd May 2012

Olympic hopeful Smith heads up GB gymnastics squad for European Championships
Olympic medallist Louis Smith will lead the Great Britain gymnastics team at the European Championships later this month, but 2009 World all-around champion Daniel Keatings misses out.
2nd May 2012

Olympic chiefs yet to decide which athletes will attend London's opening ceremony
British Olympic chiefs insist it is too early to predict how many of the 550 Team GB athletes will take part in the parade at the London 2012 opening ceremony.
2nd May 2012

Kitesurfing looks to blow windsurfing out of the Olympic water
The future of the ubiquitous windsurfer in the Olympic games sailing competitions will be decided at a vote in Italy on Saturday. The bizarre threat to its Olympic existence comes from an even stranger consideration that it should be replaced by kitesu
2nd May 2012

Typhoon jets arrive for military test for Olympics security
RAF Typhoon jets arrived at an air base in London today in preparation for the Olympic Games as military chiefs said they were ready to react to a "9/11-type attack".
2nd May 2012

Olympic champion Steve Redgrave warns of protests over drug cheats
Sir Steve Redgrave has warned there may be some protests against Dwain Chambers taking part in the Olympics from other members of the British team at London 2012 because of his drugs past.
2nd May 2012

Olympic Park test events to begin
The biggest test yet of whether the Olympic Park is ready for the London 2012 Games begins today. With six major sporting events and 11,000 staff, the east London venue in Stratford is getting its most comprehensive operational workout to date.
2nd May 2012

Let the 2012 (waiting) games begin
You'll queue for hours to get through immigration at Heathrow, where delays yesterday prompted the Prime Minister to demand an explanation from his home secretary. You'll queue to get to the Olympics, where you'll queue to watch Croatia do archery (you'd
2nd May 2012

London 2012 Olympics: there will be queues, says Coe
Locog chairman admits it will take longer to get into and out of Games venues as final week of test events begin.
2nd May 2012

Britain's hockey women edge out Korea on 'Smurf turf' at Olympic test event
It was always going to get a bit of stick on its first outing but the players seem to like the colour. The new Olympic hockey pitch, which will be blue — not the usual green for the first time ever at a Games — hosted its inaugural competitive match on W
2nd May 2012

'Plastic Brit' fails drugs test! Wrestling mercenary named as cheat
One of the 'Plastic Brits' hired to represent the Great Britain wrestling team at London 2012 has failed a drugs test.
2nd May 2012

Dwain will be at the Olympics because of poor British sprinters, claims Johnson
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson believes disgraced sprinter Dwain Chambers could make the British Olympic squad this summer - but only because of the inferior competition.
2nd May 2012

London 2012: British Wrestling vows to 'come down hard' on dope cheats
British Wrestling has vowed to "come down hard" on Myroslav Dykun if his B test is positive for amphetamines. The organisation confirmed on Thursday morning that Dykun - one of Team GB's most promising medal hopes for London 2012 - has been suspended afte
3rd May 2012

Two on the trot for Britain's hockey women as they vanquish China in Olympic warm-up
Defender Crista Cullen scored twice as Great Britain's women beat China 3-0 at the Olympic Park in a warm-up for the London 2012 Games.
3rd May 2012

Let GB athletes train at stadium before Games
The organisers of the London Olympics are holding discussions with Charles van Commenee, the head coach of UK Athletics, to ensure that all Britain's track-and-field athletes have the opportunity to train at the Olympic Stadium before this summer's Games.
3rd May 2012

Olympic Park spectators to enjoy 'Park Live' entertainment
Thousands of Olympic Park spectators will be able to enjoy live sporting action on giant screens this summer with the announcement of Park Live Presented by British Airways.
3rd May 2012

Vision for Paralympic Opening Ceremony revealed
Co-Artistic Directors Jenny Sealey and Bradley Hemmings have today outlined their vision for the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony, revealing 'Enlightenment' as the name of the show.
3rd May 2012

London 2012 Olympics: Champions aren't made easily, says Mohamed Sbihi
Rower Mohamed Sbihi, part of the GB men's eight, is keen to be a shining role model to Muslim kids. He talks about competing during Ramadan, and rowing's posh-boy reputation
3rd May 2012

Wenlock and Mandeville return to the big screen
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic mascots are returning to cinemas in the fourth and final instalment of their animated adventures.
4th May 2012

Famous faces celebrate with 40,000 spectators in Olympic Stadium
A host of celebrities and sports stars will celebrate the opening of the Olympic Stadium with over 40,000 spectators on Saturday 5 May.
4th May 2012

Near miss as HMS Ocean squeezes through Thames Barrier
The Royal Navy's largest ship made its way up the River Thames today as part of a security exercise ahead of the Olympics in London.
4th May 2012

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.
4th May 2012

London 2012: Britain on course as politics comes to the Olympic party
At any other time the political opinions of the Argentina women's hockey team would, one suspects, go unheeded by the wider world. But there is nothing like an Olympic Games for forcing sportspeople into awkward corners, and so it was that 10 minutes afte
5th May 2012

Sport Olympics 2012: rowing Britain's new-look rowing team dominate at World Cup regatta
Britain's outstanding rowing team have picked up where they left off last year, when they won 10 medals - three of them gold - at the world championships on Lake Bled in Slovenia. On Saturday, in the first World Cup round in Belgrade, 12 of Britain's Olym
5th May 2012

Justine Kinney writes her way into 2012 Olympic (pub quiz) history
Runner breaks Olympic stadium record … er … by winning first ever race at new London Olympic stadium.
5th May 2012

London 2012: Usain Bolt opens year with Kingston win
Usain Bolt ran the fastest time of the year in his first 100m race of 2012 at the Jamaica International Invitational.
6th May 2012

Forced labour claims dent image of London 2012
They were supposed to be the most ethical Games yet, but research in Asian factories supplying official clothing has led to allegations of sweatshop conditions
6th May 2012

Trouble and strife in store for GB Olympic hopefuls
Denise Johns and Jody Gooding share a life - and an all-consuming ambition. The next few weeks will determine whether one or both will see their hopes of summer glory dashed. Sue Mott finds frayed nerves across every sport in the Games
6th May 2012

Wrath of the waterboys
A male synchronised swimming team from London is furious at the Olympic Games' ban on men
6th May 2012

London remains on fast track to Olympic success
As students meet for official 2012 test event, star attraction Aikines-Aryeetey is left spellbound
6th May 2012

Olympic flame: Ready, steady, glow!
The Olympic flame starts its journey to London this week from the Temple of Hera in Greece. It will be held in a torch of pioneering. British design. Emily Dugan sheds a little light
6th May 2012

Andy Pozzi matches Olympic qualifying time at London 2012 test event
Andy Pozzi smashed his personal best for the second time in two days and again achieved the Olympic qualifying standard for the 110 metre hurdles.
7th May 2012

David Beckham flops in his audition for Stuart Pearce and Team GB
David Beckham failed to shine in his latest audition for the Great Britain men's Olympic football team in front of the side's manager, Stuart Pearce, in LA Galaxy's 1-0 defeat by New York Red Bulls at the Home Depot Center
7th May 2012

Draw announced for Olympic Water Polo competition
The draws for the London 2012 Olympic Water Polo Tournaments have been made, confirming the group stages for the men's and women's events.
7th May 2012

Argentine Olympic Committee distances itself from Falklands TV ad
The Argentine Olympic Committee has distanced itself from a television advertisement shot on the disputed Falkland Islands that has triggered a diplomatic dispute with Britain before the London Games.
8th May 2012

London 2012 Olympic ticket sales - Q&A
The remaining batch of 928,000 tickets for the Olympic Games go on sale from Friday. Find out how to get one
8th May 2012

London 2012: Team GB names synchronised swimming squad
Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici are among the nine synchronised swimmers who have been officially selected to compete for Team GB at this year's Olympics.
8th May 2012

London 2012 Olympics: 900,000 more tickets to go on sale this week
London 2012 organisers will fire the starting gun on the final scramble for Olympic tickets on Friday, but have admitted that virtually all of the most sought after events will sell out before it is opened up to the majority of buyers.
8th May 2012

Dwain Chambers: I don't expect an easy ride at the Olympics
Dwain Chambers admits he is braced for a backlash from the British public if he takes part at this summer's Olympics and has issued a plea for forgiveness before his controversial return.
8th May 2012

London 2012 confirms Olympic ticketing timeline
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has today confirmed details for the sale of 900,000 contingency tickets for the Olympic Games, going on sale from 11am on 11 May.
8th May 2012

London 2012 Olympics: manager says GB sailors can win in every event
British sailors have got "realistic" chances of winning medals in every one of the Olympic and Paralympic events at the 2012 games, the team's manager has said.
9th May 2012

London 2012 Olympics: Ben Rhodes and Stevie Morrison get 49er spots
Great Britain's sailing lineup for London 2012 was completed on Wednesday with the selection of the final three sailors.
9th May 2012

London 2012: Alison Williamson selected for sixth Olympic Games
Alison Williamson has been selected for her sixth Olympic Games, as Team GB's archery team was unveiled at Lord's.
9th May 2012

London 2012 Olympics: David Rudisha seeks relay duel with Usain Bolt
Two of the greatest runners in history could go head to head in the 4x400m relay final at the London Olympics, Rudisha for the Kenya team and Bolt for Jamaica
9th May 2012

Athens 2004 Olympics: what happened after the athletes went home?
As the flame for the London Olympics is kindled in Greece, Helena Smith looks at the legacy of the 2004 Games
9th May 2012

London 2012: Controversial Falklands video star dropped by Argentina
The Argentinian hockey player filmed training on the Falkland Islands in a controversial advert has been dropped from Argentina's final Olympic Games warm-up event.
9th May 2012

Chambers is very lucky to be heading to the Olympics, says athletics legend Cram
Dwain Chambers should count himself very lucky to get a second chance to compete at the Olympics however much remorse he has shown for his drug-taking past, according to Steve Cram.
9th May 2012

London 2012 test event programme hailed a success
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) Chair Seb Coe has hailed the London Prepares series a success as the final test event - the Visa London Disability Athletics Challenge - concluded yesterday.
9th May 2012

Tim Stockdale: Broken neck but Olympic dream is still alive
The showjumper could barely walk after surviving a horror fall but he has defied doctors and got back on the horse. Now he aims to complete a miracle recovery by riding for GB at his home Games
9th May 2012

Fernando Zylberberg left out of Argentina Olympics hockey squad
Great Britain's men have avoided a meeting with controversial Argentina hockey midfielder Fernando Zylberberg later this month after he was omitted from the national squad.
9th May 2012

Manchester United limit Olympic over-age GB call-ups to Ryan Giggs
Manchester United have written to the Football Association to say Stuart Pearce cannot select any of their players as part of the three-man over-age contingent for the British Olympic team apart from Ryan Giggs. This means Pearce cannot call on Rio Ferdin
10th May 2012

Olympic torch begins journey from ancient Olympia to London
As the flame is lit from the sun's rays by the high priestess Ino Menegaki, a white dove flies into the sky, and women weep
10th May 2012

London 2012: Bus drivers could strike during Olympics, Unite warns
The Unite trade union has warned that London bus drivers could strike during the Olympics as it prepares to launch an industrial ballot in a dispute over pay.
10th May 2012

Olympic Park will reopen one year after London 2012 opening ceremony
The Olympic Park will begin reopening to the public exactly one year after the London 2012 opening ceremony under plans unveiled by the London mayor, Boris Johnson.
11th May 2012

London 2012: army to use 'sonic weapon' on Thames during Olympics
American-built 'long-range acoustic device', used by US military in Iraq, can produce deafening 150db levels at one metre.
12th May 2012

Jessica Ennis battles the wind to win county javelin and shot titles
Jessica Ennis battled the Yorkshire winds at the Dorothy Hyman Stadium on Sunday to win two county championship throws titles but the 26-year-old was frustrated that the conditions did not allow her a bigger throw in the javelin. The Sheffield star is aim
13th May 2012

London 2012 crowds to bring Olympic challenge for CCTV team
When the Olympic bandwagon rolls into the UK, the eyes of the world will focus on the Olympic Park in east London. But as up to 4 billion people tune in to watch the world's best athletes, Dan Brown's team will have a very different focus.
13th May 2012

London's CCTV surveillance in place for Olympics - video
Matthew Taylor walks down Regent Street in central London to test the new network of CCTV cameras put in place by Westminster council ahead of the Olympics. The Olympic security operation will see tens of thousands of troops and private security guard
13th May 2012

Delay over post-Games fate of Olympic Stadium
The fate of the Olympic Stadium will continue to hang in the balance until after the 2012 Games, after a further delay to the process of finding a tenant was announced. The London Legacy Development Corporation said it planned to extend the deadline for b
14th May 2012

Britain's Nicola Adams one fight from London 2012 qualification
Next opponent, Mary Kom, is double world champion. Natasha Jonas and Savannah Marshall on track to qualify
15th May 2012

London 2012 Olympics - a guide to activities across the capital
Boris Johnson, the London Royal Parks and Tower Hamlets have organised a series of music and inclusive sporting activities to run alongside the Games in three central London venues. Roll over the buttons on the map to see what's going on where.
15th May 2012

London 2012 Olympics: IOC rejects silence for Munich victims
International Olympic Committee turns down Israeli plan to mark 40th anniversary of terrorist attack with a minute's silence.
15th May 2012

BOA's lifetime Olympics ban rule for drugs cheats to end formally
Change to be rubber stamped following BOA court defeat Dwain Chambers could now appear at London 2012 games
16th May 2012

Olympic Games will boost UK economy, predicts Bank of England
London 2012 will bring tourist boom and extra public spending that may see off double-dip recession, says Threadneedle Street.
16th May 2012

London Olympics stadium disappoints architects, but supporting cast save day
Velodrome and aquatics centre are the stars of Olympic park, according to a panel of architects convened by the Guardian
16th May 2012

London 2012: Natasha Jonas and Nicola Adams seal Olympics spots
Nicola Adams and Natasha Jonas have made history by becoming the first British women boxers to qualify for the Olympic Games after victories in the world championships in Qinhuangdao, China.
16th May 2012

London 2012: David Beckham given Olympic flame role
Former England captain David Beckham will be at official handover ceremony of Olympic flame in Athens.
16th May 2012

London 2012: David Beckham given Olympic flame role
Former England captain David Beckham will be at official handover ceremony of Olympic flame in Athens.
16th May 2012

British Olympic records set in digital archive
Website reveals British documents and images for every Olympics, from Berlin boycott concerns to failed hosting bids.
16th May 2012

London 2012: Athens hands over Olympic flame to Princess Anne - video
Greece hands over the Olympic flame to London at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens. Princess Anne, David Beckham, Boris Johnson and Sebastian Coe attended the ceremony on Thursday afternoon. Princess Anne received the flame from Spyros Capralos, the presi
17th May 2012

British-style weather fails to dampen Athens handover of Olympic flame
Rain clears in time for guests including David Beckham and Boris Johnson to discard umbrellas as ceremony begins
17th May 2012

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Why I won't be going to the London Olympics
Iran's president stays away but other controversial national leaders will attend, causing a headache for David Cameron
17th May 2012

London 2012: Princess Anne would 'hate' to compete at home Olympics
Princess Royal says pressure would be difficult to cope with I would have found it really difficult to do it on a home patch'
17th May 2012

London Olympics 2012 diver Tom Daley to launch iPhone app
British 18-year-old who made the finals in Beijing aims to raise awareness of the sport.
17th May 2012

London 2012 torch relay: one flame, 8,000 torchbearers, 70 security guards
Olympic flame begins journey across UK at Land's End on Saturday and finishes at Olympic stadium on 27 July
17th May 2012

David Beckham flies out to Greece to meet Olympic torch
Beckham's arrival for ceremony will increase speculation he will be part of the Great Britain football team at the Olympics
17th May 2012

HRH the Princess Royal receives Olympic Flame at Handover Ceremony
The Olympic Flame has been handed over to the London 2012 delegation, headed by President of the British Olympic Association HRH the Princess Royal, in a Ceremony at the Panathenaic Stadium in Greece.
17th May 2012

Top riders in training at remodelled BMX Track
Top riders from around the world have been training at the BMX Track following remodelling work on the venue ahead of the Games.
17th May 2012

London 2012 Festival opening concert to be screened live on BBC
A unique concert in Scotland to mark the official start of the London 2012 Festival will broadcast to thousands of people across the UK on 21 June.
17th May 2012

London 2012 Festival opening concert to be screened live on BBC
A unique concert in Scotland to mark the official start of the London 2012 Festival will broadcast to thousands of people across the UK on 21 June.
17th May 2012

Olympic torch paraded in Cornwall by David Beckham
Gold-painted Airbus 319 brings flame to airbase to begin the 70-day relay around the country in the buildup to London 2012
18th May 2012

Olympic flame's arrival is a marquee moment for London 2012 organisers
Games bosses hope torch relay will leave in its wake a tingling sense of anticipation for what is to come this summer.
18th May 2012

Olympic flame touches down in Cornwall for trip around UK
Last time it came by Rolls-Royce and ship. This time it had two seats on flight BA2012 and was accompanied by royalty
18th May 2012

Olympic torch takes its seat for flight to UK
The torch and its three understudies get their own seats on the British Airways flight from Greece to the UK.
18th May 2012

London 2012 Olympics: Ben Ainslie seals sixth Finn world title
Three-times gold medallist wins seven of nine Falmouth races Range of conditions 'good test' for Games races in Weymouth
18th May 2012

Olympic Flame arrives in UK
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has today transported the Olympic Flame to the UK from Greece for the start of the Olympic Torch Relay.
18th May 2012

London 2012 launches first official app
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has launched the free official London 2012 Join In app, the essential companion to the Games.
18th May 2012

Savannah Marshall wins Britain's first ever women's boxing world title
Hartlepool middleweight edges out Elena Vystropova 17-15 Expectations grow ahead of Olympics for Team GB boxer
19th May 2012

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay starts from Land's End
Today the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay starts its 70 day journey from Land's End in Cornwall.
19th May 2012

London 2012: Jason Smyth just outside Olympic standard
Paralympic star Jason Smyth just missed out on achieving the 100m Olympic standard as he clocked a time of 10.24 seconds in Florida on Saturday.
19th May 2012

Jess Ennis and Dwain Chambers to race at Manchester City Games
Jessica Ennis and Dwain Chambers head the British challenge at the Great CityGames in Manchester on 20 May.
19th May 2012

What ticket shortage? Packages still unsold - at £4,500 per person
Hospitality provider has spaces at many key Olympic events, does deal with Ticketmaster.
19th May 2012

Jessica Ennis angry at farcical error in Manchester 100m hurdles race
A technical hitch in the 100m hurdles left Jessica Ennis frustrated here on Sunday after the poster girl for the London Games thought she had run a personal best, only to discover that officials had laid out only nine hurdles on the track running through
20th May 2012

Tom Daley regains European diving title in last event before Olympics
Tom Daley will celebrate his 18th birthday on Monday as the European 10‑metre platform champion after a dominant performance in Eindhoven on Sunday night.
20th May 2012

Olympic Park's former artist in residence to deal with disillusionment
The former artist in residence at the Olympic Park plans to create a new artwork - by being as far away as possible from Stratford during the Games.
20th May 2012

Olympic torch relay tours Devon with 350-strong entourage in tow
Helicopter, sponsors' vehicles and police outriders accompany lone torchbearer and flame along route from Plymouth
20th May 2012

Olympic torches listed for sale on eBay
London 2012 organisers say they are powerless to stop relay bearers selling golden torches at a profit.
20th May 2012

Olympic torch route, day 2: the flame enters a non-competitive zone
Totnes will put aside its scepticism to cheer on the torch and its bearers - just don't expect many union flags.
20th May 2012

100 days to go until a spectacular Paralympic Games
With just 100 days to go until the Paralympic Games on 21 May, tickets go back on sale, and British band Coldplay are announced as the star act for London 2012 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony.
20th May 2012

Olympic torch route, day 3: a conscientious objector writes
Philip Hensher explains why he is not feeling the wow factor as the flame makes a 'historic' visit to Exeter.
21st May 2012

London 2012 Olympics hopeful Ed McKeever wins kayak World Cup gold
Ed McKeever held off the Spaniard Saul Craviotto to claim World Cup gold in Poznan while the K2 pair Liam Heath and Jon Schofield also held their nerve to win silver medals.
21st May 2012

Day 3: Olympic Flame visits Dunster Castle and the Taw Bridge
Today 113 inspirational Torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame 135.30 miles through 23 communities, ending with an evening celebration at Somerset Cricket Ground.
21st May 2012

Ryan Giggs reiterates Olympic desire despite Welsh FA concerns
Ryan Giggs has confirmed he wants to play for Team GB at the London Olympics even though his presence would disturb the Welsh Football Association.
21st May 2012

Olympic Games tickets: they're in the post
London 2012 organisers will this week begin sending out millions of prized tickets to the Olympic Games after unveiling their brightly coloured design.
21st May 2012

London 2012: Heathrow Border Force staff 'ready' for influx of Games visitors
The head of UK Border Force's operations at Heathrow has promised that his staff are ready to cope with the extra 600,000 overseas visitors expected to visit London this summer for the Olympics.
21st May 2012

Oscar Pistorius stays on track to compete at Olympics and Paralympics
Oscar Pistorius moved a step closer to his Olympic dream on Tuesday with a commanding performance at the BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.
22nd May 2012

Man accused of Olympic torch relay explosion threat appears in court
A man has appeared in court accused of threatening to blow up his camper van as the Olympic torch passed close by.
22nd May 2012

Olympic Games tickets: London 2012 team faces final challenge
When London 2012 organisers put their final batch of tickets on general sale on Wednesday, they will again confront two issues that have dogged the fraught process so far.
22nd May 2012

London 2012: Paul Drinkhall heads Team GB's group of table tennis players
Paul Drinkhall heads a group of six athletes selected by the British Olympic Association to represent Team GB in the London 2012 table tennis competition.
22nd May 2012

London 2012: turmoil persuades Dwain Chambers to use psychologist
Sprinter gets help ahead of Olympics after drugs ban lifted 'Internally there are things you need to deal with,' he says
23rd May 2012

Temperatures rise and torch fever begins to grip the nation
Time and again they gave the same reason for skipping lessons or ducking out of the office for an hour: this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. They wouldn't see the Olympic flame pass through again and didn't want to miss out on something that might be
23rd May 2012

London 2012 Olympics: watercourses get clean bill of health
The watercourses that will be used for the Olympics this summer - including the Serpentine in central London - have been given a clean bill of health by Europe's environmental watchdog.
23rd May 2012

London 2012: David Cameron to hold hunger summit during Olympic Games
The British prime minster, David Cameron, will hold a summit on food security during this summer's Olympic Games in London. In a statement to the House of Commons on Wednesday, Cameron announced his intention to hold "a major event" during the Games.
23rd May 2012

London 2012: Australia men's hockey coach says Olympic match schedule unfair
The Australia men's coach Ric Charlesworth has criticised the Olympic match schedule after claiming it disadvantages his side and benefits their major rivals. The world No1s will play three of their five group matches at 8.30am, while Germany, the second-
23rd May 2012

Olympic torch route, day 5 - a wrong turn in Bristol but nobody minded
By the time it reached the Wiltshire market town of Chippenham, the Olympic flame was half an hour or so behind schedule, having taken a wrong turn in the mist outside Bristol.
23rd May 2012

Olympic torch route, day 5: meet Cheltenham's unstoppable golden girl
As the torch sweeps into Cheltenham late this afternoon, past the Coade stone caryatids of regency Montpellier and the Gap store on the Promenade where David Cameron did his Christmas shopping, Mary Wixey, 91, will be warming up.
23rd May 2012

The Gold Rush: Bolt is back to business of being the fastest man on the planet...
Usain Bolt is in the business of running again. On Friday, in the Czech city of Ostrava, the world's fastest man returns to Europe to do what comes most naturally to him.
23rd May 2012

Doha and Baku out of race to host 2020 Olympics... leaving three cities in hunt for Games
Doha and Baku were eliminated from the race for the 2020 Olympics on Wednesday as the IOC trimmed the field of candidates from five cities to three.
23rd May 2012

The hottest property in athletics: Why nobody can keep up with Brand Bolt
Sponsors have been queuing up to do deals with Usain Bolt since he set the world of athletics alight in Beijing. His Puma deal alone is believed to be worth £12.5million.
23rd May 2012

McGuire brothers make successful start in boccia at World Cup ahead of Paralympics
Great Britain's Stephen and Peter McGuire made a successful start to their London Paralympics run-in with victory over the Czech Republic in Thursday's boccia international match at the BT Paralympic World Cup.
24th May 2012

Shamed sprinter Chambers seeing psychologist after emotional Olympic decision
Dwain Chambers has revealed he has started seeing a sports psychologist to help him deal with the emotional fall-out of his Olympic reprieve.
24th May 2012

VIP treatment: Life is golden in the Olympic fast lane
As the rest of us get used to being also-rans in the race for tickets, a chosen few are preparing to enjoy nothing but the very best of London 2012
24th May 2012

Jessica Ennis: Olympic hope faces new hurdles
Despite her great form Britain's heptathlon star tells Simon Turnbull there are many rivals who might 'get it right on the night' in London
24th May 2012

GB's Beach Volleyball squad 'stop traffic'
Team GB's female Beach Volleyball squad literally stopped traffic this morning to launch TfL's Temporary Road Changes - a planning tool encouraging commuters to avoid busy roads during the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer.
24th May 2012

Olympic Flame arrives in Wales
The Olympic Flame travels 102.13 miles, carried by 117 inspirational Torchbearers, into Wales with an evening celebration taking place in Coopers Field, Cardiff.
25th May 2012

London 2012: 640,000 tickets put on sale this month have been sold
Many tickets for Olympic sports have now been sold out But 450,000-plus tickets expected to be still available
25th May 2012

Usain Bolt records slowest 100 metres final time of his senior career
Usain Bolt had predicted that world records would fall this summer, but was left scratching his head after recording the slowest 100m final time of his senior career at the Mestsky stadium here on Friday night. The triple world record holder ran 10.04seco
25th May 2012

Jessica Ennis tests the water in town where it 'all fell apart'
Jess Ennis has some unpleasant memories of Götzis. When she was here in Austria four years ago she suffered a fracture in her right ankle that stopped her going to the 2008 Olympic Games. Two months away from a Games that will define the rest of her life,
25th May 2012

Olympic Javelin train service could be overwhelmed during Games
The high-speed train service taking spectators from central London to the Olympic Park is likely to become so inundated that rail bosses have made contingency plans to turn thousands of passengers away at peak times.
25th May 2012

London 2012: Tim Brabants set for place in canoe squad
Tim Brabants looks to have sealed his Olympic place in Team GB's canoe squad after winning the deciding rubber of his race-off against his British rival Paul Wycherley.
25th May 2012

Jessica Ennis leads overnight in Götzis despite high jump weak link
Britain's London 2012 heptathlon hope hits a hitch Ennis takes comfort from superb hurdles and 200m
26th May 2012

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning lead way in Lucerne dress rehearsal
Lucerne Regatta is considered the best rowing course in the world, notorious for puncturing the ambitions of aspiring gold medallists. All the top crews are here for what is a dress rehearsal for the London Olympics in two months' time
26th May 2012

Britain's Shanaze Reade qualifies in ninth for BMX time-trial final
Great Britain's Shanaze Reade qualified in ninth place for the time-trial final at the BMX World Championships in Birmingham on Friday. Reade won the time trial at last year's world championships in Copenhagen but has work to do to retain the rainbow j
26th May 2012

Tanni Grey-Thompson: Paragon of the Paralympics
For this supreme athlete, champion of the disabled and life peer, London 2012 is a chance to make her voice heard - and change people's lives
26th May 2012

Ennis quick to dismiss 'tubby' talk as nonsense
Bizarre claims are 'not an issue' for heptathlete as she prepares to challenge her main rivals.
26th May 2012

Haile Gebrselassie set to miss London 2012 Olympics after 10,000m flop
Haile Gebrselassie's hopes of appearing at the London Olympics were dashed on Sunday after the two-times Olympic 10,000m champion finished seventh at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games in Hengelo.
27th May 2012

Jessica Ennis smashes Denise Lewis's British heptathlon points record
Jessica Ennis has not only broken Denise Lewis's British heptathlon record, she has smashed it.
27th May 2012

Jonny Brownlee wins Madrid triathlon but Tim Don misses Olympic spot
Britain's Jonny Brownlee has won his second successive World Triathlon Series race with a dominant performance in Madrid.
27th May 2012

Britain's flagship four snatch victory from Australia in World Cup
A stunning final sprint from Britain's flagship four enabled them to snatch a last-gasp victory from their Australian rivals. Until the final 20 strokes, the fast-starting
27th May 2012

Mo Farah raises hopes for London 2012 with warm weather Bupa London win
Mo Farah insisted he was completely over his indoor-season wobble after a comfortable win in 28-degree heat in the Bupa London 10,000 metres .
27th May 2012

Olympic torch route, day 9: Aberystwyth state of mind
Aberystwyth has the honour of being the only place from which Our Figurehead cut short a royal visit: her car and cortege were once egged to an intolerable degree when she came to open the renovated National Library.
27th May 2012

Activists arrested before royal wedding to challenge police in high court
Activists who were rounded up before last year's royal wedding are challenging the Metropolitan police in the high court on Monday in a case that could have implications for the way the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations and the Olympics are policed.
27th May 2012

Kelly Sotherton retires ahead of London 2012 with back problem
Kelly Sotherton has called time on her career two months short of what she had hoped would be a final hurrah at the London Olympics.
27th May 2012

Games will be al-Qa'ida target, says Europol
Intelligence agency believes terrorists want to make a symbolic strike after Bin Laden's death.
27th May 2012

Kelly Sotherton backs Jessica Ennis for gold and dismisses 'fat' claim
Kelly Sotherton has defended Jessica Ennis over criticism of her weight and backed the Sheffield athlete to win heptathlon gold at this summer's Olympics.
28th May 2012

Opera singer Bryn Terfel among those to carry Olympic torch today
World-famous opera singer Bryn Terfel is the high-profile face of the Olympic torch relay today.
28th May 2012

Olympic news you may have missed...
Great Britain's domination of the rowing scene continued in Switzerland, with five medals secured on finals day at the World Cup event in Lucerne. The men's four, women's pair and women's lightweight double all prevailed, while silver was secured in the m
28th May 2012

London 2012: taekwondo world No 1 selection omission triggers Olympic row
British Olympic Association to meet to consider reinstating Aaron Cook who retained European title but was overlooked for Games
28th May 2012

London 2012: Richard Faulds named in Team GB's shooting squad
The former double Olympic champion Richard Faulds and world No1 Peter Wilson will lead Great Britain's 10-strong shooting squad at London 2012.
28th May 2012

British wrestling in scrap over Olympic Games places
Disputes over standards and overseas-born fighters cause British Olympic Association to rule on number of competitors
28th May 2012

London 2012: Aaron Cook launches taekwondo appeal after being left out
Aaron Cook has launched an appeal after being left out of the Great Britain taekwondo squad for London 2012.
28th May 2012

Ukraine Olympic official resigns in wake of London 2012 ticket scandal
One of Ukraine's leading Olympic figures has resigned after he was filmed offering London 2012 tickets for sale on the black market.
28th May 2012

Get Set network students welcome Coubertin Oak trees to Village
Students from Get Set network schools joined Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins on the Olympic Park to welcome the arrival of three Coubertin Oak trees to be planted in the Olympic and Paralympic Village.
28th May 2012

Olympic torch route, day 11: an island detour for Anglesey's wild charms
To live in Beaumaris is to be at the whims of the weather, says resident Jon Savage.
29th May 2012

Olympic Flame travels by RNLI Lifeboat and visits the summit of Snowdon
Day 11 of the Olympic Torch Relay sees the Flame travel by RNLI Lifeboat and visit the summit of Snowdon, where it will be carried by mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington.
29th May 2012

Kicked out! BOA give 'Plastic Brit' wrestlers the push from Games
British Wrestling's assorted collection of imported mercenaries have been thrown out of the London Olympics.
29th May 2012

Usain Bolt hungry for Olympic Repeat despite slow start Ostrava
Usain Bolt insists he would not care about losing every race between now and the Olympics as long as he retains his titles in London.
29th May 2012

BOA to rule on Cook's 'political' exclusion
Aaron Cook has appealed to the British Olympic Association after being left out of this summer's London Games, despite being the European taekwondo champion and soon the world No 1.
29th May 2012

David Faulkner: 'When Sherwani scored... I knew I had my Olympic gold'
In our series celebrating Great Britain's feats, David Faulkner, who set up the third goal, remembers triumph over the West Germans
29th May 2012

Olympic Flame reaches summit of Snowdon during Torch Relay
The Olympic Flame has visited the highest point on the London 2012 Torch Relay, carried by mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington.
29th May 2012

Olympic Flame travels by RNLI Lifeboat and visits the summit of Snowdon
Day 11 of the Olympic Torch Relay sees the Flame travel by RNLI Lifeboat and visit the summit of Snowdon, where it will be carried by mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington.
29th May 2012

Usain Bolt: The Bolt show runs on
Friday's 'slow' 100m has done nothing to dent Jamaican's supreme confidence he will triumph in London.
30th May 2012

Olympians: They're fit and don't we just know it
From Tom Daley's six-pack to scantily clad volleyball players, Olympic athletes are being sold on their sex appeal. Why can't we appreciate talent, not totty?
30th May 2012

Hope for excluded Cook as BOA queries Taekwondo selection
The chances of Aaron Cook competing at the London Olympics increased yesterday when the British Olympic Association refused to accept British Taekwondo's initial selection.
30th May 2012

Olympic Tube strike averted
Prospects of an Olympic Tube strike have been averted after the Rail, Maritime and Transport union agreed an £850 bonus for Tube workers, in recognition of the pressures staff will face this summer.
30th May 2012

The curious case of OB216: A little bit of history that no one's watching
It is perhaps not altogether shocking that £15 tickets to go on a rollercoaster that has already crashed don't appear to have sold that well.
30th May 2012

Day 12: Olympic Flame visits Much Wenlock and the Ironbridge Gorge
Highlights of a busy day include a lunchtime visit to Much Wenlock in Shropshire, a site with special significance for the Olympic Games. Dr William Penny Brookes established the Wenlock Olympian Games there in 1850.
30th May 2012

London 2012 Olympics: GB Taekwondo told to rethink Aaron Cook decision
Aaron Cook, a presumptive world No1 in taekwondo who was controversially left out of Team GB's Olympic squad, has moved a step closer to being reinstated for the London Games after his governing body was ordered to reconsider its decision.
31st May 2012

Dai Greene forced to withdraw from Diamond League in Rome with virus
Dai Green, the 400m hurdles world champion, has pulled out of Thursday evening's Diamond League meeting in Rome due to illness
31st May 2012

Olympic Games spectators will be charged more than £7 for a pint of beer
London 2012 organisers defend prices of food and drink despite the fact beer will cost twice the national average price
31st May 2012

London 2012 Olympics: Rebecca Adlington blocks Twitter for the Games
Swimmer worried insults will affect performance 'I won't be checking it or going on it a lot'
31st May 2012

Draw held for the London 2012 Handball competitions
The International Handball Federation has carried out the draw for the London 2012 Handball tournament, confirming the matches for the men's and women's preliminary competition.
31st May 2012

Boxer Amir Khan to light cauldron in Bolton
The Olympic Flame will be carried by 113 Torchbearers today, travelling 107.95 through 19 communities, from Stoke-on-Trent to Bolton. Boxer Amir Khan, Unified World Light-Welterweight Champion and Olympic silver medallist, will light the cauldron at the e
31st May 2012

No 'Kapows' as Batman and The Riddler make friends
It could have been Gotham City, rather than the Eternal City. It was in the basement room of a Roman hotel that Batman came face to face with The Riddler yesterday.
31st May 2012

NBA propose under-23 format for Olympic basketball
The NBA wants to pull basketball's top players out of future Olympic Games and model the competition on the under-23 format used in football.
31st May 2012

Jessica Ennis laughs off 'fat' suggestions
Olympic hopeful Jessica Ennis today laughed off suggestions that she was "fat".
31st May 2012

London 2012: David Millar's return adds spice for Olympic selectors
The Critérium du Dauphiné stage race, which starts on Sunday with a prologue time trial in Grenoble, has a British defending winner in Bradley Wiggins and will play a key part in the buildup to the Tour de France, but there is an additional twist: the pre
1st June 2012

London 2012: why reaching the start line is worth gold to Qatari sprinter
Even for a 17-year-old, Noor al-Malki is slight, just a touch over 5ft (1.52 metres) tall and a little under 45kg. That small frame shoulders a heavy burden: this summer Noor will become the first female athlete ever to compete for Qatar in the Olympics.
1st June 2012

London 2012 Olympics: GB Taekwondo will not appeal against BOA decision
GB Taekwondo will not appeal against the British Olympics Association's request to reconsider its selection for the London Olympics, leaving the door open for Aaron Cook to make the team.
1st June 2012

London 2012 Olympics: West Ham laugh off Hearn's groundshare plan
West Ham have rejected a suggestion from the Leyton Orient chairman, Barry Hearn, to consider groundsharing at the Olympic Stadium.
1st June 2012

London 2012 Olympics: Team GB fencing selection sparks controversy
Seven fencers have been named to represent Great Britain in individual events at the London Olympics, but the list was controversial to say the least.
1st June 2012

Publicans push the boat out for jubilee, Euros, and Olympics
Leicestershire landlord Andrew Southerden is awaiting delivery of a 17ft rowing boat to stand outside the 18th century pub he has transformed into a ship for the Queen's Jubilee.
1st June 2012

With one giant leap, Robbie fires himself into gold medal contention for London
You may think you have already seen quite enough of Robbie Grabarz, but next time the Union Flag could be wrapped around his shoulders in the Olympic Stadium.
1st June 2012

You may think you have already seen quite enough of Robbie Grabarz, but next time the Union Flag could be wrapped around his shoulders in the Olympic Stadium.
Algerian athletes will not be allowed at London 2012 if they refuse to compete against Israelis. Kayaker Nasreddine Baghdadi refused to race against an Israeli at a regatta in Germany last weekend, a serious breach of the Olympic code of ethics.
1st June 2012

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