Howzat! Taekwondo joins video ref revolution

Chris Barrett It is a feature of the National Rugby League, international cricket (as long as sceptical India aren't playing) and as of this year the AFL.


Body won't overturn UK Taekwondo selection

World Taekwondo Federation chiefs have ruled that British Taekwondo followed their selection policy when they controversially snubbed world No.1 Aaron Cook for the London Olympics.

Taekwondo duo ready for knockout performance

Carmen Marton (L) and Safwan Khalil (R) of the Australian Olympic Taekwondo team pose during a portrait session at Global Martial Arts on May 18, 2012 in Sydney GETTY IMAGES144710421.jpg

Phil Lutton WHEN Lauren Burns roundhouse kicked her way to gold in Sydney 12 years ago, Australian taekwondo clubs suddenly found their phones ringing off the hook with potential black belts of the future.


AIS gives boxers and wrestlers $16,500 injection to boost Rio Olympic bid

Shelley Watts.

Trent Pollard The Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra has provided Australia's Olympic boxers and wrestlers more than $16,500 to help their final preparations leading up to the Rio Olympic Games.

Rio 2016: Australian Olympic medal haul in Brazil 'first true test' of post-London policy

Living on the edge: AIS director Matt Favier.

Chris Barrett In excess of $370 million will have been distributed to sports and direct funding to athletes during the four-year cycle to Rio by the time the flame is lit in the Maracanã Stadium.

Rio Olympics 2016: Team of refugees to participate under Olympic flag

IOC President Thomas Bach.

VICTOR MATHER A small team of international refugee athletes will participate in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this year, Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, confirmed.

Don't be fooled by the purse-strings agenda

Richard Hinds dinkus

Richard Hinds In the lead-up to these Olympic Games, Australians have again been subjected to the great Olympic con.

Your daily guide to the 2012 Olympics

Awesome oarsmen: from left, William Lockwood, James Chapman, Drew Ginn and Jushua Dunkley-Smith.

Worried you’ll miss something at the London Games but too busy to study the schedule?


Live: Olympics opening ceremony


Phil Lutton This is the Olympics live blog

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Sixteen hours a day without sustenance: Ramadan plays havoc with Olympians' preparation

Karen Kissane Sometimes, the fact that you've had to come from the other side of the world is a good thing.

From a brothel to the Olympics: a Kiwi athlete's journey

Logan Campbell

A taekwondo fighter who helped fund his Olympic dream by running a brothel has rejected being labelled a 'pimp', pointing out that prostitution is legal in his native New Zealand.

All the tips for the sharp end

Peter Hanlon Peter Hanlon continues his comprehensive look at who to cheer each day of the Olympics.

BMX stars can propel Olympic movement further

Sam Willoughby

Without identifying either by name, Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates described BMX wonder twins Sam Willoughby and Caroline Buchanan as the breed of athletes the Olympic movement is...

Fiancee's quest for gold eases Khalil's pain

Russia's Alexey Denisenko reacts over Australia's Safwan Khalil (in red).

Chris Barrett Having narrowly missed a spot on the podium himself, Australia’s Safwan Khalil will switch from combatant to cheerleader in an effort to help drive his fiancee to the gold medal that was denied him...

Live coverage: London Olympics Day 12


Phil Lutton Gold medal drought? What gold medal drought? Thanks to Sally Pearson and Anna Meares, we've put those dark days behind us ... and today, there's more gold to come.

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A porthole to this city's soul


Peter Hanlon As much as these Games have been about Great Britain showing the world it has well and truly moved with the times in terms of athletic achievement, they have been a nod to the past.

No bronze but plenty of respect for Marton

Australia's Carmen Marton.

Chris Barrett There are five tenets of taekwondo philosophy - courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and, lastly, indomitable spirit - and Australia's Carmen Marton has them all in spades.

Marton shows admirable spirit despite agony of loss


Chris Barrett THERE are five stated tenets of taekwondo philosophy - courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and, lastly, indomitable spirit - and Australia's Carmen Marton has the lot of them in spades.

Live coverage: London Olympics Day 14


Daniel Sankey Can Steve Hooker overcome months of injury and poor form to defend his Olympic pole vault gold medal? We'll find out in a few hours. Join us for live coverage of the 2012 London Olympics.

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Gold is not all that glitters for rich-listers

Cadel Evans

Georgina Robinson SALLY PEARSON and James Magnussen might be Australia's brightest lights en route to London but they are not our richest.