# Athletes

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# Health and Safety
Restrictions will make Tokyo the most challenging Games ever for athletes - Olympic Federation of Ireland chief
Peter Sherrard says the measures are about trying to minimise risk for those travelling to Japan.
# drugs in sport
Whistleblower claims 10,000 Chinese athletes involved in state-backed doping in 80s and 90s
Doctor Xue Yinxian says all medals won during the period should be handed back.
# Music
Quiz: Can you match the professional athletes with the songs they released?
We’ve got some Premier League, golf, NBA and boxing legends in here.
# Like a Girl
New video shows the reaction to girls playing sport
The video by Always is the second attempt to explain what the phrase ‘Like A Girl’ actually means.
# Fracture
Irish doctors find unusual 'violent trauma' injury in young rugby players
The ‘acetabular fracture’ affects the socket of the hip bone.
# response
Alberto Salazar denies allegations: ‘I will never permit doping’
Mo Farah’s coach has vehemently denied what he describes as “false statements”.
10 last-minute marathon panics every runner has
With the Dublin Marathon taking place on Monday, here are some feelings that every amateur athlete will relate to.
# noooooooooo
Living forever may never be possible, says scientific study
But we have so many things we were planning to do with our immortality.
# Games
2,000 medals later, the Special Olympics Ireland games draw to a close in Limerick
Over 1,500 athletes took part in the games in Limerick.
# Slideshow
18 of the best pics from today's Great Limerick Run as Kenyan runner emerges triumphant
It was another successful year, with roughly 12,000 people believed to have taken part in the event.
Dún Laoghaire-based firm providing the Genetic Performance edge
Joesph Dalton explains how his company’s DNA tests can help clubs and athletes at all levels to train smarter.
# Crossover
'This is a market people seriously need to look at' - US rugby combine a success
The NFRL hosted its inaugural rugby combine event in Minneapolis two weekends ago, with a number of former NFL players attending.
Column: Awarding top athletes extra CAO points makes total sense
We live in a society, not just an economy – and giving additional points to people for accomplishments beyond the academic makes sense, write Aaron McKenna.
# South Africa
Irish team returns from World Transplant Games with 34 medals
In total, the team members won an impressive 12 gold medals, 10 silver and 12 bronze.
# big lads
16 photos that will give you some perspective on how big NBA players really are
Pretty big, I guess.
# dreamboats
Pick the country's sexiest sportsman from these 18 studs, Ireland
Paul Green can’t talk his way into this squad.
# Road to Rio
Anxious wait for Reid and Noble as Triathlon funding cuts considered
Despite qualifying two athletes for London 2012, the Sports Council of Ireland may reduce backing for the sporting hopefuls.
# Longer lifespan
Olympians live longer than the rest of us
On average Olympic athletes live 2.8 years longer than non-Olympians.
# current affairs
Here is the week's news... skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: Children’s hospital site for Balbriggan? TDs to stay home to cut costs? Chinese takeaways off menu for athletes?
# Green shoots
Tri Talk: Aaron O'Brien sprints clear to capture junior race in London
In your weekly triathlon round-up, the Irish Junior squad excel in London and more than 200 people brave the waters at Blacksod, Co Mayo.
# Modern times
Pro sports more gay-friendly as athletes speak out
Several stars have called for a change in attitudes as regards homosexuality in sport.
# paralympics
11 incredible images from the Paralympics opening ceremony
Fireworks? Check. Flying wheelchairs? Check. Queen Elizabeth II wearing red earplugs? Check.
# at all costs
Explainer: Why Paralympians mutilate themselves to enhance performance
The practice of ‘boosting’ for athletes with spinal injuries is a natural but gruesome method of gaining a physical edge.
# Homecoming
VIDEO: Ireland welcomes home its Olympians
Featuring interviews with Katie Taylor, John Joe Nevin and Cian O’Connor, among others.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you now more likely to watch the Paralympics?
The London 2012 Olympics have been haired as one of the most successful Games in modern history – but are you going to watch the Paralympics when it kicks off?
# final day
In pictures: London 2012, Day 16
The final medals were handed out as Great Britain prepared for a huge send-off.
NBC pulls "creepy" slow motion video of female Olympians
Seriously… what were they thinking?
# what's happening
Confusion reigns over no homecoming for Ireland's Olympic athletes
There will be no official event for Team Ireland when they arrive back tomorrow afternoon – but no-one is quite sure why.
# Round-Up
Olympic Village: Day One, wrap
A round-up of the weird, wonderful and woeful of the first day of medal-winning action at London 2012.
# Your Say
Poll: Should sports stars be punished for what they say on Twitter?
A number of sports stars have faced fines and suspensions from sporting authorities for comments made on Twitter but should they?
# London 2012
Say cheese! The headshots on the Olympics website are pretty awkward
Don’t you just hate getting your passport picture taken?
# London 2012
Grimacing for gold: 12 intense pictures from the US Olympic diving trials
We might make a similar face if we were dive-bombing a pool from 10 metres.
# London 2012
In pictures: Ireland's Olympic hopefuls get set for London
The gang’s all here…
# Your Say
Poll: Does having the Olympic flame in Ireland cheer you up?
The flame is here as part of the relay leading up to the opening ceremony of London 2012. Did having it here this morning affect your mood?
P Diddy's son lands $54,000 college scholarship
UCLA defends athletic scholarship for millionaire Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ son.
# London 2012
Saudi Arabia may not send women to the Olympics
The country has never before included women on its Olympic team but the International Olympic Committee had been hopeful it would happen this year.
# London 2012
Carrying a torch: Paul McGrath in pole position to carry Olympic flame
The Black Pearl of Inchicore has emerged as the favourite to carry the Olympic torch through Dublin and fly the flag for Irish football.
# Happy Birthday
The Simpsons at 500: here are our 9 favourite sporting cameos from Springfield
As Springfield’s finest celebrate their milestone, we look back at some sporting greats who have appeared alongside them.
# Commonwealth Games
Athlete housing 'not fit for humans'
Team Scotland say that athlete’s accommodation needs serious improvement before Games start on 3 October.