The Olympic & Paralympic Podcast, with hosts John Cushing & Michael Weadock.

This special edition welcomed guests from British Sailing – windsurfer Saskia Sills and Nacra17 sailor Kirstie Urwin – who gave us an insight into becoming an elite sportsperson and their ambitions for Paris 2024. They also gave us their thoughts on the group of sailors selected by Team GB for the next Olympic Games in Tokyo.

As ever, the team looked at the big sport stories of the week in the world of Olympic and Paralympic sport. They discussed at length the impact coronavirus was having and the potential impacts for Tokyo 2020. The Associated Press’ Global Sports Correspondent Rob Harris joined us to give his views having been in Lausanne reporting on the recent meeting of the International Olympic Committee where the issue was top of the agenda.

In athletics, we also analysed the latest developments in the Russian doping scandal, asked what next for Mo Farah and his advisors in light of more recent revelations and spoke about how Nike’s new running shoes are not the only reason behind the breakthrough this season of leading British middle distance runner Jemma Reekie.

Plus, we looked back at how Great Britain performed at the recent World Track Cycling Championships and what the medal return in Berlin meant for the potential sucess of British Cyling in the summer. In Rio, every member of the track team won a medal and it seems a repeat of that feat is unlikely, although there could be potential British medals in BMX and Mountain Biking.

 

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