Tokyo 2020: Mixed-gender events added to Olympic Games

Mixed-gender events in athletics, swimming, table tennis and triathlon have been approved for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the IOC has announced. The Games will include a 4x400m mixed relay in athletics and a 4x100m medley mixed relay in swimming. IOC president Thomas Bach said the Games will be “more youthful, more urban and include…

City-based Twenty20 tournament featuring eight teams gets approval for 2020

A new city-based eight-team Twenty20 tournament has been given the go-ahead to start in 2020. The proposals were approved by 38 of the 41 England and Wales Cricket Board members, with 15 first-class counties in support of the competition. Essex and Middlesex were the only two counties to vote against the proposals, while Kent abstained…

Tokyo 2020 golf venue votes to admit women

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic golf venue has voted to admit women as full members. The Kasumigaseki Country Club risked being stripped of the event if it did not change its membership policy, after being warned by the International Olympic Committee earlier this month. Women were previously not allowed to become full members or play on…

IOC warns Tokyo 2020 over men-only golf course

The International Olympic Committee has warned it will move the Tokyo 2020 golf event from its current venue if it does not admit women. The Kasumigaseki Country Club does not allow women to become full members or play on Sundays. “I respect it’s a private club but our position is clear. We will only go…

The Open: 2020 Championship to be held at Royal St George's

The 2020 Open Championship will be staged at Royal St George’s. The Kent club has hosted The Open 14 times, most recently in 2011, when Darren Clarke won the event for the first time. The club voted in March 2015 to admit female members for the first time in its history. “It is a thrilling…

Toto Wolff & Niki Lauda sign new Mercedes deals until 2020

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff and non-executive chairman Niki Lauda have signed new deals to stay with the team until the end of 2020. Their new contracts coincide with the duration of Mercedes’ own current commitment to F1. In common with the rest of the teams, Mercedes will begin negotiations for beyond 2020 with…