The 2020 London Marathon will use a different route and will only include elite runners when it takes place on 4 October. The event, which has been pushed back from April, will not take the usual London road course and will instead take place on a looped 26.2 mile (42.2km) course around St James's Park. Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele are expected to take part in the men's race.
The Rugby Football Union has scrapped its professional sevens programme. The England men’s and women’s squads were informed this week that once their contracts are up at the end of this month, they will not be offered new deals. Leading players believe this could severely damage medal chances for Team GB at the Olympics. Players had been told last month to “explore their options” until the World Series was due to resume early next year, and that they would be out of contract for five months. However, senior players, including sevens all-time highest try-scorer Dan Norton and 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Richard de Carpentier, have expressed their frustration at now being out of a job. Players have also been left “devastated”, by the funding cut a year out from the Olympics. Some were upset that they received a one-line severance letter from the RFU after the initial virtual meeting where they learnt of their fate. Olympic silver medallist Norton told Telegraph Sport: “The more I think about it, the more frustrated I get. I have been fortunate enough to give 10 years and I do know that professional sport is pretty ruthless, we gave our all but the way things have been done now, to take being so close to an Olympics and being sacked, it is pretty bittersweet to have to swallow. “I am so devastated. I didn’t anticipate the RFU completely dropping the programme; it was a bit of a shock,” added De Carpentier. “The way our exit was done wasn’t great on a call and then I got an email last night with one line and that was it. The whole thing felt like we were treated like a commodity rather than people.
The ISA had been in a long-running dispute with the International Canoe Federation (ICF) to run a sport which has elements of surfing and kayaking, with participants standing on a board propelling themselves forward with a paddle. "This includes our long-term ambition and plan to see the sport included in the Olympic Programme under the leadership and authority of the ISA," he said. The ICF said the decision was "a strong rejection of the claim by the International Surfing Association (ISA) that it had the exclusive right to govern Stand Up Paddling."