Rights Group Demands End to Sex Testing of Female Track Athletes

With the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics approaching in July, Human Rights Watch on Friday demanded that track and field officials halt sex testing of female athletes, describing the practice of measuring and restricting their natural testosterone levels as abusive and harmful. Sex testing has been a deeply contentious issue in sports for decades, but the dispute … Read more

A New Challenge for Professional Triathletes: Toppling Ironman Inc.

Ironman triathlon champions are often regarded as the superheroes of modern sports, freakishly fit specimens who swim, cycle and run a combined 140.6 miles in roughly eight hours. Yet, professional triathletes have long been poorly compensated afterthoughts in a sport that has always prioritized the everyday amateur participants who squeeze in training before and after … Read more

Soccer Has a Financial Crisis. Its Leaders Aren’t Feeling It.

Anywhere one looks around the world, the soccer industry is struggling with the financial effects of the coronavirus. Leagues are counting their losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Stadiums remain empty. Staff members are being furloughed. And players, even those at the richest clubs, have agreed to millions of dollars in pay cuts … Read more

Add Parkour to the Olympics? Purists Say ‘Nah’

Parkour, the video-friendly sport in which daredevils race over rooftops, flip over ledges and climb walls without assistance or equipment, has always felt a little different. Its freewheeling ethos makes it stand out from other sports, and that perception is encouraged by its fans, athletes and organizers. But as the sport’s popularity has increased since … Read more

U.S. Soccer and Women’s Stars Reach Deal on Working Conditions

The United States Soccer Federation and its World Cup champion women’s team said Tuesday that they had resolved the players’ outstanding claims about working conditions, a rare moment of détente — and mutual happiness — in the sides’ long-running legal fight about equal pay. The agreement, filed in federal court in California, is equal parts … Read more