Russia's Sports Ministry on Friday denied accusations made by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that the Russian state had covered up a doping programme for its sports people. A WADA report released on Friday said more than 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and paralympic sport were involved in or benefited from an institutional conspiracy to conceal positive doping tests. The Russian ministry said it would carefully study the WADA report and that it would fully cooperate with anti-doping bodies.
That's the message the Hendrick Motorsports driver delivered Friday during a conference call with media members, one day after announcing he was medically cleared to race and two days after a private -- and secret -- test at Darlington Raceway. "We worked to get stronger than we were before," Earnhardt said. "I wouldn't be coming back … if there was any risk other than the typical risk that every driver faces on Sunday. I feel very confident in what I've seen in myself and my improvement, and I feel confident in what my doctors are telling me about my future and the risks that I'm taking. "We all feel pretty confident not only am I as healthy as I was before, but I'm actually stronger." Earnhardt
Cycling, Britain's most successful sport at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, has suffered a 4.29 million-pound ($5.4 million) funding cut in the build-up to the 2020 Games in Tokyo, UK Sport announced on Friday. Four of Britain's less successful Olympic sports - archery, badminton, fencing and weightlifting - have lost all their funding completely along with the Paralympic sport of wheelchair rugby. Britain's cyclists won 12 medals in Rio, including six golds, helped by investment of 30 million pounds but that figure has been cut to 25 million for the Olympic cycle leading up to Tokyo.