If it is anything like the last global sporting extravaganza held in Russia, next year's FIFA World Cup will be the most political tournament since 1934 when Italian dictator Benito Mussolini presided over the action.

 

 

When it comes to athletes banned for doping, the IAAF has given Russia the top prize by a country mile. Not exactly covering itself in glory, Ukraine came in fourth with 19 confirmed cases compared to Russia’s 71.

 

 

Following a meeting of the IOC's executive board in Lausanne on Monday, IOC President Thomas Bach announced a series of sanctions against Russia over evidence of systematic, state-sponsored doping outlined in a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report compiled by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren. 

 

 

Novotna was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005

 

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.

 

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