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The International Olympic Committee was set to decide Sunday on whether to ban Russia from the Rio Games over state-run doping, an unprecedented move that could spark the Olympic movement's worst crisis in decades. According to an independent report from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Russia's sports ministry directed a vast doping programme with support from the FSB intelligence agency. More than 30 sports were affected by the cheating that went on during the 2014 Sochi Games and other major events, said the WADA report released last week by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren.
British women's boxing great Nicola Adams goes to Rio to defend her historic 2012 Olympic title after at last filling the one vacant hook in her medals cabinet -- the world flyweight title. The 33-year-old -- who almost always wears a broad smile outside the ring -- goes to Rio with the distinct chance of becoming only the second British fighter after Harry Mallin in 1920-1924, to defend their title successfully. Adams, who once had to supplement her meagre boxing earnings by acting as an extra in British soap operas such as Coronation Street, says she always misses Dexter and her other dog Bailey, a Pomeranian, who usually travels everywhere with her.
Pep Guardiola rejects any suggestion he would not shake hands with arch-rival Jose Mourinho and insisted relations would be friendly when Manchester City play Manchester United in Bejing on Monday. "We are polite guys, why not?" Guardiola said Sunday when asked if the pair would extend hands, despite an acrimonious rivalry which stretches back to 2010 when the Catalan had stewardship of Barcelona and Mourinho took the reins at Real Madrid. Since taking on their respective Manchester football giants, each manager has insisted they will not concentrate on each other too much.