Coe: athletes who use Twitter risk Olympic medal chances
Olympic gossip: tweeting makes athletes under perform, Chris Hoy misses out on sprint
Stop Tweeting if you want a medal, warns London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe in The Daily Mail. Coe believes athletes are damaging their podium chances by constantly sending out their thoughts in a 140-character format, and says he has found "quite a close correlation between the number of tweets at competitive times and the level of under-performance". Coe's comments come after a slew of tweets from athletes arriving for the Games, including Kerron Clement's commentary on Monday after the US bus got lost for four hours travelling from Heathrow to the athletes village "Not a good first impression London," he wrote.
JAPAN AND AUSTRALIA FACE SEXISM CLAIMS
Japanese and Australian Olympic bosses are facing claims of sexism after female athletes were forced to travel to the Games in economy class while their male counterparts flew business class. Japan's female footballers and Australia's basketball players, who are both tipped to win medals, had to rough it in economy as the men relaxed. The Australian authorities claimed the men needed more legroom, but apparently failed to note that some male players are barely six feet tall while some members of the women's team are taller and one, Liz Cambage, stands 6ft 8in.
KENNY PIPS HOY TO SPRINT SELECTION
Cyclist Jason Kenny has beaten Chris Hoy in the "fiercely contested" battle to ride the individual sprint for Team GB, reports the BBC. Hoy, who will now only be able to defend two of the three titles he won in Beijing, says the decision was not a surprise, and said selectors "made the right call" by choosing Kenny. "It's not about individual ambition," Hoy added. Kenny defeated Hoy at this year's World Championships, but said he was "not confident at all" before his selection.
MINISTERS UNHAPPY OVER TUBE BAN
Cabinet ministers are not happy after being told they must take public transport to and from Olympic events, The Independent reports, and are protesting the "unbelievably draconian" ban, after Downing Street introduced it over fears of bad publicity. Some 60 ministers and MPs have been asked to accompany foreign VIPs to each event, and are expected to "drum up business" for the UK. However, as more rules are put in place – including a family ban during events where ministers and MPs have an official role – one Cabinet minister told the paper: "I'd rather be sitting at home watching [the Games] on television." ·