Photo: Ukrainian chess grandmaster Anna Muzychuk won two gold medals in the FIDE World Chess Rapid & Blitz Championships in 2016.



"To risk your life, to wear abaya all the time?? Everything has its limits and headscarves in Iran was more than enough," she added in reference to the world championships that were held in Tehran earlier this year.

The top seeds saw off Italy to take the sabre world title on the final day of the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Championships.



South Korea’s Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Do Jong-hwan, left, and 2010 Vancouver Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-Na hold the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics flame at Incheon International Airport


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American Breanna Stikkelman takes silver


Photo: Ukraine's Ivan Sivak won the men's single class 2 gold medal at the Malle 2017 World Para Dance Sport Championships. Germany' Erik Machens took silver, and Mexico's Jesus Fernandez bronze


The IWF has already banned nine nations from the World Championships and beyond for having three or more of those retest positives. Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova and Turkey are banned for a year.


Evidence provided by former Moscow Laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov alleged up to 15 home medal winners at Sochi 2014 benefited from the illegal tampering of urine samples  



Photo: Russian triple jumper Anna Pyatykh was given a four-year doping ban by the CAS


After a varied career in a number of fields – including a stint as an editor of this publication – Alfonsine Williams is enjoying well-deserved success in his real first love - American football. 

“By moving the Championships to allow the seven countries at the heart of weightlifting’s well-documented doping problem the chance to compete, there is no deterrent.”


Photo: The IWF Executive Board 


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