Covid rules to be relaxed to allow red zone players to return to action

Breaks from quarantine permitted for matches and training Rules will only apply to those who are double vaccinated The government is to announce new rules to enable players who travel to red zone countries during the international break to play upon their return, but conditions will be stricter for those who have not received the […]

History awaits Djokovic – but first he must conquer nemesis Zverev | Tumaini Carayol

The man who shattered Djokovic’s Olympic dream could stop him winning a calendar-year grand slam at the US Open, too Two more matches. Six more sets. Those are the only remaining obstacles separating Novak Djokovic from becoming the first male player to win the calendar-year grand slam since Rod Laver in 1969 while also winning […]

Tokyo’s closing ceremony the ideal send-off for a memorable Paralympics

Harmonius Cacophony was the theme for the games’ last act IPC launches We the 15 campaign to advance disability rights The theme of the closing ceremony of the Paralympics was “Harmonious Cacophony”. It’s the sort of phrase you might find on a T-shirt in Tokyo’s bustling Harajuku district, one that is just about in English […]

Hannah Cockroft makes light of hand injury to seal T34 800m Tokyo gold

Great Britain’s Cockroft wins gold in Paralympic Games record Champion joins call for para athletics in non-disabled meets Hannah Cockroft slashed her hand on the wheel of her chair on Saturday morning. She was unable to get stitches because it was too close to her race, which took place on a slippery surface under the […]

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics briefing: an Italy sweep and Brazil football gold

Sign up here and receive the Tokyo 2020 daily briefing Today in a nutshell: an Italian clean sweep closes out the day’s athletics action, Brazil take five-a-side football gold (again), there’s a dominant British paracanoe display but a tough potential end to Alfie Hewett’s Paralympic career in wheelchair tennis. Sunday’s key moments: there are still […]

‘We both wanted it so badly’: Hewett and Reid see tennis gold slip away again

British duo beaten by French pair in wheelchair tennis final Pair will face off for bronze medal in singles on Saturday Of all the many emotional moments that have made these Paralympic Games such an involving, stirring spectacle, it is hard to think of one where the athletes were so visibly distraught. Red-eyed, shoulders slumped, […]

Sarah Storey: the one-woman gold medal factory still in full production

A 17th triumph makes her the most decorated Paralympic athlete in British history and she may be still a contender in 2024 Attempting to put a marathon athletic career into context can seem reductive. It is 29 years since Dame Sarah Storey won the first Paralympic gold medal of the series which reached a climactic […]

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics briefing: Vaz da Veiga puts a ring on it

Sign up here and receive the Tokyo 2020 daily briefing Today in a nutshell: Storey makes it 17, there’s the first ever Paralympic medals in Taekwondo, and there was a surprise proposal on the athletics track. Fridays’s key moments: it is the final day of the swimming, there are finals in the goalball and the […]

‘A beautiful moment’: Paralympic cyclist lauded after slowing to will on another rider

Stuart Jones pauses to support Toni Mould in different race Australian praised for display of Paralympic spirit Stuart Jones had every reason to be frustrated. After suffering a slipped chain on the final straight and missing a medal in Tuesday’s T1-2 time-trial, two days later the 52-year-old found himself in ninth and way off the […]

Ellie Simmonds ready to end career in Paralympics after freestyle fifth place

Simmonds reinstated to fifth after initial disqualification Swimmer Bethany Firth wins gold again in S14 100m backstroke Inspirational to the last, Ellie Simmonds concluded her Paralympic career in Tokyo on Thursday without a ninth medal to add to her haul from Beijing, London and Rio, but confident too that teammates who were motivated by her […]

UK’s sport minister denies London 2012 failed in aim to inspire more to exercise

Nigel Huddleston: anecdotal evidence shows ‘lasting impact’ Sport England data shows decline in activity continues The UK’s minister for sport, Nigel Huddleston, has denied that London 2012 failed to deliver on its legacy of increased physical activity and suggested falling levels might have been even worse without the experience of hosting the Olympic and Paralympic […]

Afghan athlete evacuated from Kabul belatedly competes at Paralympics

Hossain Rasouli comes last in long jump after missing 100m Teammate Zakia Khudadadi set to compete on Thursday Hossain Rasouli, one of the two Paralympic athletes evacuated from Afghanistan in an emergency operation last week, has been able to take part in competition at Tokyo’s flagship Olympic Stadium. The 26-year-old, who is primarily a sprinter, […]

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics briefing: fine margins and a double bagel

Sign up here and receive the Tokyo 2020 daily briefing Today in a nutshell: a day of heartbreakingly close finishes, British success in the wheelchair rugby, and an incredible fourth 100m title for Ireland’s Jason Smyth, plus more medals for Hannah Cockroft, Tatyana McFadden, Isis Holt and Ihar Boki. Tomorrow’s key moments: it is the […]

Husband and wife Neil and Lora Fachie each win cycling gold at Paralympics

Lora triumphs in B 3000m invididual pursuit in velodrome Neil and pilot Matthew Rotherham win B 1000m time trial ParalympicsGB finished the final day of track cycling in the Izu Velodrome at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with a flurry of medals, taking a clean sweep of all three golds available, and also securing a […]

Golden day on track for GB as Sophie Hahn and Thomas Young win T38 100m

Young wins GB’s first track gold with personal-best 10.94sec Rio champion Hahn takes women’s gold just 28 minutes later Thomas Young announced himself on the Paralympic stage with a blistering victory in the T38 100m in the Olympic stadium on Saturday night in Tokyo and, alongside fellow champion Sophie Hahn, began to fire up Britain’s […]

Perfection from imperfection: Paralympics are showing you can still find a way | Ade Adepitan

Tokyo Games offer a powerful message but it is vital that the IPC and disability sport reach out to inspire global change We’re all still in quarantine over here in Tokyo, which means we can go between our hotel and the venues and that’s it. So one of my highlights this week was when the […]

‘Love has to prevail’: Pearson sends LGBTQ+ message of support after gold

Lee Pearson triumphed in the Paralympic dressage to claim his 12th gold, and followed it with a heartfelt plea “Love has to prevail, really. Whatever shape or form, I think love has to prevail. If you’re born with a disability, if you have a child with a disability, if you’re born with same-sex attraction, if […]

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics briefing: GB’s gold rush and a TikTok star shines

Sign up here and receive the Tokyo 2020 daily briefing Today in a nutshell: five golds for Great Britain, TikTok star Anastasia Pagonis is one of many athletes to smash world records, but there’s concern as one member of a Paralympic support team has been admitted to hospital with Covid symptoms. Tomorrow’s key moments: there […]

Resilience and perseverance prepare to take stage at Tokyo Paralympics | Paul MacInnes

Athletic talent and relentlessly compelling human stories will be at the heart of a Games that has a rhythm all of its own “Any athlete you talk to, they have resilience,” said Shahrad Nasajpour during a press briefing in Tokyo on Monday. “Part of it comes from the athletic background, so any athlete you talk […]

How to win at life: what sports psychologists can teach us all

The lessons top athletes are learning about stress and mental health can help us handle pressure in our own lives It was going to be the Pandemic Olympics; the cheerless games that would inspire ambivalence at best. And then sport did its thing. Despite the lack of crowds and the looming threat of Covid, Tokyo […]

Jonnie Peacock: ‘I don’t need to win another gold medal for my happiness’

After time away from the track, the double 100m Paralympics champion has rapid rivals in the new T64 classification in Tokyo Jonnie Peacock has a new look for 2021. His blond hair is no longer in a nice schoolboy short back and sides, but tied in an unruly topknot. He has a wiry beard to […]

A Paralympian’s long journey to Tokyo

In 2012, Sophie Carrigill was a complete beginner at wheelchair basketball. Now she’s going to Japan with real hopes of a gold medal – and inspiring a new generation of athletes Sophie Carrigill has played wheelchair basketball all over the world for Team GB. She’s been an Olympic torchbearer, won a string of medals and […]

Undersea volcanic eruption creates new Japanese island

Crescent-shaped landmass 50km south of Minami Ioto could disappear due to erosion The 6,000-plus islands that make up the Japanese archipelago have a new addition, after scientists said an undersea volcanic eruption 1,200km (745 miles) south of Tokyo had created a new landmass. The island was formed in the Pacific Ocean about 50km south of […]

Zakia Khudadadi’s hopes of becoming first Afghan female Paralympian dashed

Taliban takeover strands team for Tokyo in Afghanistan Khudadadi (taekwondo) and Hossain Rasouli (discus) miss out Afghanistan will not compete at this month’s Paralympics in Tokyo, after the team were unable to leave Kabul as a result of the Taliban’s conquest of the country. Zakia Khudadadi had been set to become the country’s first female […]

At the Tokyo Olympics I hid from the sun; now, in quarantine, I long for it | Kieran Pender

It is a fitting end to a surreal Games; a gilded cage for athletes and observers to reflect on a unique experience For the past three weeks, I cowered from the summer sun. The temperature during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics rarely dipped below 30C – the blazing heat and oppressive humidity was ever-present. Mercifully, most […]