Becky and Ellie Downie said coaches pressured them to lose weight and overtrain, which took mental and physical tolls.
In this edition of The Heist, we look at instances from the Olympics that make you believe in miracles:
Watching previous match videos and identifying areas of improvement during lockdown, says Sushila Chanu,
Indian women's hockey team are utilising the forced break from the sport to introspect on their own game and identify the areas that require improvement, says midfielder Sushila Chanu
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Australia's Kyle Chalmers looking to cement himself as one of greatest swimmer at 'biggest' Games
Kyle Chalmers stunned the swimming world when he stormed to gold in the 100 metres freestyle at the Rio Olympics and the Australian believes greatness awaits if he can retain his title in Tokyo next year.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Golfer Bronte Law disappointed by delay of Games, but not concerned with qualifying
With the Olympic qualifying period likely to be extended for another year, Law remains confident of maintaining her strong form to secure her ticket to Tokyo.
Ruth Jebet, who competes for Bahrain, tested positive for the stamina-boosting drug EPO in a sample she gave in December 2017. She won the Olympic gold medal in 2016 and was the world record holder at the time she tested positive.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Deepak Kumar says he has '99.99 percent chance' of making it to Indian shooting contingent
Kumar, who secured an Olympic quota in the 10m air rifle event at the Asian Championships last year, said he is hopeful of retaining his place in the squad that will be announced in a few months' time.
Kenyan runner Alfred Kipketer, who raced in the 800-metre final at the 2016 Olympics, has been suspended for failing to make himself available for doping tests.
Tucked in WADA's rules lies a ticking bomb for European football and Russia's hopes of hosting Euro 2020 games
UEFA’s Euro 2020 plans could be thrown into disarray due to WADA’s compliance code and Russia’s impending ban over widespread doping.
Three-time Olympic rowing champion Pete Reed left paralysed from chest down after suffering spinal stroke
A spinal stroke is a disruption in the blood supply to the spinal cord and five-time world champion Reed says doctors do not know what caused his
The new, computerised system makes the judges' scoring visible in real time, in a bid to avoid the sort of controversy that plagued boxing in Rio 2016 when dozens of officials and referees were suspended over alleged match-fixing.
Former Olympic champion Li Xuerui has announced her retirement from international badminton, the BWF announced on Thursday.
World Athletics Championships 2019: Andreas Hofmann puts Rio 2016 setback behind as Tokyo 2020 appears on horizon
Part of the golden generation of German javelin throwers, Andreas Hofmann talks to Firstpost about the dejection of missing out on Rio 2016 despite making the cut, training indoors in winter months with tennis balls and more.
World Athletics Championships 2019: Shot putter Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, 1500m runner Jinson Johnson crash out in qualification round
India's Asian Games gold medallist duo of shot putter Tejinder Pal Singh Toor and 1500m runner Jinson Johnson crashed out of the World Athletics Championships in the qualification round on Thursday.
Stephanie Rice interview: Swimming legend speaks about starting an academy in India, blueprint for success in the pool and more
In Mumbai to announce the launch of the Stephanie Rice Swim Academy in India, Stephanie Rice spoke to Firstpost about leaving a lasting legacy, the blueprint for achieving success in swimming and more.
Indian women’s hockey captain Rani Rampal says team needs to improve in certain areas despite winning Olympic Test event
India's invincible run in the Olympic Test event has boosted the confidence of the women's hockey team but there are still areas where it needs to put in the hard yards ahead of the FIH Olympic Qualifiers, said skipper Rani Rampal.
Two-time silver-medallist Sindhu ended an agonising wait for an elusive gold with a maiden World Championship title on Sunday.
Six-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ryan Lochte to make return from 14-month suspension at American national championships
Lochte, 34, has served two bans since claiming his most recent Olympic crown in 2016 at Rio as a member of his fourth consecutive 4x200m US freestyle relay championship lineup
FINA World Championships 2019: Britain's Adam Peaty unperturbed by world body's warning after podium snub aimed at China's Sun Yang
Peaty said that FINA's warning for offensive behaviour against competitors won't affect him as he'll continue to speak out against doping
FINA World Championships 2019: Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini narrowly misses personal best time, says proud to represent displaced people
Syrian refugee swimmer, Yusra Mardini is currently participating in the World Championships as part of the FINA Independent Athletes Team