Team GB to rely on instinct in vying for kayak cross inaugural gold

Team GB to rely on instinct in vying for kayak cross inaugural gold

The Paris Olympics programme will be spiced up by the addition of head-to-head races in the kayak cross event, an all-action, exhilarating discipline that will be making its Olympic Games debut this summer. The fast-paced, whitewater sport combines elements of traditional kayak racing with the strategic and physical challenges of a head-to-head competition with four athletes racing down a whitewater course while navigating through a series of obstacles and complete a 360-degree boat roll to top it all off. 



French hijab ban casts shadow on "first gender-equal Olympics"

French hijab ban casts shadow on "first gender-equal Olympics"

Olympics and Paralympics host country France has banned its female athletes from wearing the hijab while competing in the upcoming Games in Paris, sparking outrage from human rights groups, athletes and sports fans who say it is a form of "racist gender discrimination". While the decision was announced in September the debate has reignited online with the opening ceremony to what is being touted as the "first gender-equal Olympics" just days away.







Suni Lee on redemption mission after return from illness

Suni Lee on redemption mission after return from illness

A little more than a year after her doctors told her she might never compete again, reigning Olympic all-around champion Sunisa Lee will be chasing redemption in Paris. While the pre-Olympic hype has focused on Simone Biles' successful return to elite gymnastics, Lee's road back to the pinnacle of her sport has been every bit as challenging as her teammate's.



Four-time Olympian Katie Ledecky still the gold standard

Four-time Olympian Katie Ledecky still the gold standard

Twelve years on from her stunning 800m freestyle victory at the London Olympics, Katie Ledecky is headed to Paris for her fourth straight Games aiming to extend an astonishing run of sustained excellence. The American freestyle great, whose talents were once dubbed "otherworldly" by Michael Phelps' mentor Bob Bowman, brings an even-keeled approach that doesn't hide a fierce competitive streak as she vies to add to her cache of 10 Olympic medals —seven of them gold.


Palestinian athletes told to take "resistance" to the Olympics

Palestinian athletes told to take "resistance" to the Olympics

Eight Palestinian athletes taking part in the Paris Olympics will be symbols of "resistance" during the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, a Palestinian minister said Sunday as the official delegation left the occupied West Bank. This will be the eighth time Palestinian athletes have taken part in the Olympics since 1996, but Olympic committee head Jibril Rajoub said the athletes had never felt so much attention.