Amateur boxing president steps aside during IOC inquiry
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — With Olympic boxing under investigation by the IOC, the president of the sport's governing body said on Friday he was stepping aside to let an interim leader take...
Huston, Zeuner, Schaar head 1st US skateboarding team
VISTA, Calif. (AP) — There's always been a rebelliousness and a bit of an attitude to skateboarding, and now there's credibility.
That's what being added to the Olympics will do for a sport,...
Huston, Zeuner, Schaar head 1st US skateboarding team
VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Nyjah Huston, Brighton Zeuner and Tom Schaar were among the 16 members of the inaugural U.S. national skateboarding team announced Tuesday, less than two years before the...
TOKYO (AP) — Tsunekazu Takeda is stepping down as the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee amid a vote-buying scandal that French investigators suspect helped Tokyo land next year's...
Swimmer Kenneth To dies at 26 while training in Florida
HONG KONG (AP) — Kenneth To, a swimmer who won a silver medal for Australia at the 2013 world championships, has died after becoming ill while training in Florida. He was 26.
PARIS (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Florent Manaudou is making a comeback to swimming with the aim of competing at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
The Frenchman, who won the 50-meter freestyle title...
Tokyo’s Olympics may become known as the ‘Robot Games’
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo's Olympics may become known as the "Robot Games."
Organizers on Friday showed off robots that will be used at the new National Stadium to provide assistance for fans using...
Some good news in Aussie rugby: women leading the way
Led by girls and young women, the ruck-and-maul and rougher-than-rough sport of rugby union is looking to regain its relevance in Australia.
The Wallabies lost nine of their 13 test matches...
TOKYO (AP) — Tick tock, tick tock. The Tokyo Olympic clock has hit 500 days to go.
Organizers marked the milestone on Tuesday, unveiling the stylized pictogram figures for next year's Tokyo...
- Asian Games end and Japan, China turn eyes to Tokyo Olympics
- Japan women improve to win Asian Games rugby goldSeptember 1, 2018
- Japan women win soccer, field hockey gold at Asian Games
- Son's last shot for military exemption at Asian Games
- Mixed relay makes Asian Games debut; China back atop medals
- Combined Koreas crew wins historic medal at Asian Games
- Inoue wins Asian Games marathon gold medal in sprint finish
- 6th gold gives Ikee a record 8th medal at Asian Games
- Taiwan _ by whatever name _ still winning at Asian Games
- Japanese teenager Ikee wins 5th gold medal at Asian Games
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- Koreas extend conciliatory steps to Asian Games
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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Thailand has volunteered to ban itself from Tokyo Olympic Games weightlifting next year because of doping, another blow to a sport whose place on the Olympic program is...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A leading Dubai bank warned on Tuesday that non-oil companies across the United Arab Emirates have cut staff at their sharpest rate in nearly a decade amid an...
Don’t expect to puff away at next year’s Tokyo Olympics
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo is still a smoker's heaven.
Despite tougher laws enacted last year, smokers can light up in some restaurants and bars. Tobacco advertising is allowed on television,...
- Ledecky to tackle all 4 distances in Tokyo _ 200 to 1,500
- US Olympian Katie Ledecky gives swim tips to Tokyo students
- Pan Pacs: Ledecky, Dressel get wins; Ikee pleases home fans
- Cate Campbell atones for failure in Rio de Janeiro Olympics
- Ruck wins 200 at Pan Pacific, Ledecky gets 3rd
- Forgetting about world record brings Peaty closer to it
- Teenage swimmer Kolesnikov adds gold, silver to medal haul
- Peaty shaves 0.13 off of own 100m breaststroke world record
- Peaty world record corrected to 57.10 after timing error
- Day after Peaty record, Britain adds 2 more swimming golds
- 4 golds from 4 events: Peaty displays breaststroke dominance
- Michael Andrew caps breakout US Nationals with 50 free win
- Missy Franklin misses out at US Nationals
- Ledecky cruises to easy win in 800 free at US Nationals
- US swim nationals set to go on without banned Lochte
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- Japanese swimmer Junya Koga denies doping chargesMay 23, 2018
Victory for Olympic athletes in Germany to promote sponsors
GENEVA (AP) — In a win for athletes over Olympic restrictions, a German anti-trust agency has ruled that "abusive" limits on games-time promotional activities should be relaxed.
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Boxing body approves religiously respectful women’s uniform
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The international boxing association says it has approved new uniforms for female boxers to wear for religious reasons.
Tokyo and Japan offer tradition, expectation to Olympic golf
TOKYO (AP) — Golf returned to the Olympics three years ago in Rio de Janeiro after a 112-year absence. But few play golf in Brazil, which kicked up problems from the start when a top-notch course...
Get hip to this: Paris wants Olympic debut for breakdance
PARIS (AP) — From the streets of New York to the Olympic podium: Breakdancing's conquest of the globe seemingly knows no bounds.
Getting hip to breakdancing's appeal with young audiences,...
Boxing official warns time running out in Olympic standoff
MOSCOW (AP) — Time is "rapidly" running out to organize an Olympic tournament in 2020, the executive director of the International Boxing Association said Tuesday amid disputes with the...
- US beats Japan 7-6 in final of softball world championship
- US beats Japan 4-3 to reach final of softball worlds
- US beats Australia 3-1 at women's softball worldsAugust 10, 2018
- US beats Puerto Rico 8-1 at women's softball worldsAugust 8, 2018
- US overpowers South Africa 7-0 at women's softball worldsAugust 7, 2018
- US beats Philippines 12-0 at softball world championshipsAugust 6, 2018
- United States beats Netherlands 11-0 at softball worldsAugust 5, 2018
- US beats Taiwan 7-0 at women's softball worldsAugust 4, 2018
- Abbott solid as USA beats Mexico 5-2 at softball worldsAugust 3, 2018
Indonesia makes 2032 Olympics bid official
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has officially joined bidding to host the 2032 Olympics following its success staging the Asian Games last year, the deputy chairman of its national Olympic committee said Tuesday, highlighting the rising ambitions of the giant but perennially underperforming Southeast Asian nation.
Tokyo governor won’t speculate on Olympic bribery scandal
TOKYO (AP) — The head of Tokyo's city government has declined to weigh in on the future of Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda, who is being investigated for his part in an alleged bribery scandal.
Asked Monday if Takeda should resign, Tokyo Governor Yurkio Koike told reporters: "This is an issue for the JOC. Therefore, as the government of Tokyo, we are looking at what efforts need to be made in order to ensure the success of the games."
Cost of 2020 Tokyo Olympics ceremonies up 40 percent
TOKYO (AP) — The price of the opening and closing ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has risen about 40 percent.
Toshiro Muto, the chief executive of the games, told executive committee members on Friday the cost for the ceremonies would be capped at 13 billion yen, about $118 million. Tokyo estimated that cost at 9.1 billion yen — about $82 million — in 2013 when it was awarded the games.
IOC chief: North Korea commits to ‘remedy’ anti-doping issue
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC received commitments from North Korea that it will work to "remedy" its anti-doping controls that led to the country's testing agency being suspended this week.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach met with sports and government officials from North and South Korea on Friday, and they talked about creating combined teams in four sports to try to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Olympic volunteers: One-time chance, or exploitation?
TOKYO (AP) — Unpaid Olympic volunteers do almost everything: guide athletes around, greet dignitaries and translate for lost fans.
IOC officials acknowledge the games couldn't be held without them; invariably smiling, helpful and praised by presidents, prime ministers and monarchs.
North Korean athlete drug testing program ruled sub-standard
MONTREAL (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency says it ruled North Korea's testing program non-compliant for failing to meet international standards.
The judgment casts doubt on how North Korea's athletes are tested as the International Olympic Committee explores options to field combined Korean teams at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
WADA says its concerns will be raised when the IOC meets Friday with sports and government officials from North and South Korea.
Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee diagnosed with leukemia
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee has been diagnosed with leukemia less than 18 months before the Olympics in Tokyo.
The 18-year-old Ikee won six gold medals at the Asian Games in Jakarta last year and was tipped to be one of the faces of the 2020 Olympics in her home country.
She posted on her verified Twitter account Tuesday that her illness surfaced when she got tests after returning from a training trip to Australia.
South Korea picks Seoul for 2032 Olympic bid
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has chosen its capital, Seoul, for its bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics, which it hopes to jointly host with rival North Korea as a peace gesture.
South Korea's Olympic committee announced the decision after a meeting Monday in which Seoul received 34 of 49 votes, edging out the southern port city of Busan.
Boxing faces breakaway threat ahead of 2020 Olympics
MOSCOW (AP) — Amateur boxing faces a breakaway threat ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after its international federation elected a president accused of ties to organized crime.
The federation, known as AIBA, says a "rogue group" led by unnamed "Kazakhstani individuals" has asked national boxing federations to write to the International Olympic Committee offering to help run an Olympic boxing tournament without AIBA.
What’s in a Tokyo 2020 medal? Old phones, discarded cameras
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers say they expect to collect enough obsolete electronic devices by the end of March to reach the amount that will be required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics open in just over 500 days and all medals will be made from discarded smart phones, digital cameras, and other handheld games and laptops.
Tokyo Olympic CEO says no need for Takeda to resign
TOKYO (AP) — The chief executive of Tokyo's Olympic organizing committee said Friday there is no need for another top Japanese official to resign despite being investigated in a bribery scandal.
Toshiro Muto defended Tsunekazu Takeda, who is the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee and a vice president of the 2020 organizing committee. Takeka is also a powerful member of the International Olympic Committee, and chairman of its marketing commission.
Japanese fans celebrate Osaka’s rise to top of tennis world
TOKYO (AP) — Led by a congratulatory tweet from the prime minister, Japan reveled in Naomi Osaka's dramatic Australian Open win on Sunday.
Osaka beat Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 on Saturday to claim a second consecutive Grand Slam singles title. The 21-year-old Osaka also became the first tennis player from Japan to reach No. 1 in the rankings.
Field hockey aims for combined Korea in Olympic qualifying
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The governing body of field hockey says it is working with South Korea and North Korea to combine teams and try to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The International Hockey Federation hosted both Korean federations in Lausanne last week to discuss "future steps to reach the goal of playing together as one team." It follows an initial meeting in India in November.
A combined Korean team played in women's ice hockey at the Pyeongchang Olympics last year.
US Olympic swimmer Nathan Adrian has testicular cancer
Five-time Olympic champion swimmer Nathan Adrian has been diagnosed with testicular cancer, but he plans to continue training for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Adrian revealed the news on his verified Twitter account on Thursday, saying he recently went to the doctor because "something didn't seem quite right." He was told the cancer has been caught early and he has begun treatment, which includes having surgery next week. Adrian says he plans to be back in the water in a few weeks to resume training.
French Olympic probe raises questions about Japanese firm
TOKYO (AP) — An investigation by French prosecutors into alleged vote-buying connected with Tokyo winning the 2020 Olympics has raised questions about one of Japan's most powerful companies, the giant advertising and marketing agency Dentsu Inc.
From its 48-story headquarters in central Tokyo, Dentsu is the exclusive marketing agency for the next Summer Olympics, landing that contract a year after the International Olympic Committee awarded the Games to Japan in 2013.
Russian Olympic Committee rejects prospect of 2020 ban
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Olympic Committee said Tuesday there is no chance its team could be banned from next year's Olympics, even though that's the consequence threatened by a key World Anti-Doping Agency committee if it finds Russia faked key lab data.
After Russia turned over data from the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, more than two weeks after a Dec. 31 deadline, WADA said Tuesday it wouldn't ban Russia's anti-doping agency for missing the deadline.
The Latest: Russia praises cooperation with WADA
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russian doping scandal (all times local):
Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov says the World Anti-Doping Agency engaged in "constructive cooperation" on a much-criticized data transfer.
Russian authorities turned over crucial data from the Moscow lab at the center of years of doping scandals last week, more than two weeks late, but WADA opted not to punish the country.
Olympic ethics panel closes case on IOC member Gilady
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC says its ethics commission ended an investigation into Olympic official Alex Gilady after cases of alleged sexual harassment were settled in Israel.
The International Olympic Committee says its ethics panel closed the file after all parties "accepted their respective explanations."
Gilady, a former NBC Sports executive and IOC member since 1994, was accused of inappropriate behavior in the 1990s by two journalists in Israel.
Georgian wrestler stripped of 2012 Olympic silver for doping
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A freestyle wrestler from Georgia has been stripped of his 2012 London Olympics silver medal after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.
Oral turinabol was found in Davit Modzmanashvili's sample in a reanalysis program using new testing methods, the IOC said on Thursday.
Modzmanashvili was disqualified from the 120-kilogram freestyle class and faces being banned by the United World Wrestling governing body.
Zubkov among 4 Russian bobsledders banned for Olympic doping
MOSCOW (AP) — Five years after the Sochi Olympics, the man who carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony has been banned for doping at those games.
Alexander Zubkov, already stripped of two Olympic gold medals, was among four Russian bobsledders banned Wednesday until December 2020 for their part in organized doping at the 2014 Games.
Takeda corruption probe sullies 2020 Tokyo Olympics and IOC
TOKYO (AP) — Tsunekazu Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee and a powerful IOC member, again denied corruption allegations against him, suggesting on Tuesday that any guilt was with others at the Japanese body.
Takeda read a seven-minute prepared text and then took no questions from hundreds of media.
Probe of IOC’s Takeda hangs over Tokyo Olympics
TOKYO (AP) — A month ago, Tsunekazu Takeda was warmly applauded by 1,400 Olympic dignitaries as he spoke alongside International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Tokyo.
A month later, the powerful IOC member and head of the Japanese Olympic Committee is fighting a corruption investigation, suspected by French investigators of authorizing the payment of bribes to help land the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when IOC members voted in 2013.
Russian court says bobsledder can keep Olympic titles
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian bobsledder Alexander Zubkov won a Moscow court ruling on Friday that could make it harder for the International Olympic Committee to recover his gold medals.
The Russian flagbearer at the 2014 Sochi Olympics was stripped of his two gold medals from those games in 2017 by the IOC for doping. He failed to overturn that disqualification at the Court of Arbitration for Sport last year.
AP Interview: Milan-Cortina bid can revolutionize Olympics
ROME (AP) — It starts with the name — featuring two cities as opposed to the usual one — and involves venues dotted across a large swath of northern Italy stretching from Milan to the Dolomites.
The Milan-Cortina bid for the 2026 Olympics has the potential to revolutionize the Winter Games and leave a new blueprint for the future.
IOC marketing chair from Japan investigated for corruption
PARIS (AP) — In the latest blow to the International Olympic Committee's efforts to rid itself of scandal, marketing head Tsunekazu Takeda is being investigated for corruption related to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Takeda, who is also the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, was placed under formal investigation for "active corruption" on Dec. 10, France's financial crimes office said Friday.
3-time Olympic champion Yoshida retires from wrestling
TOKYO (AP) — Three-time Olympic wrestling champion Saori Yoshida retired officially on Thursday, saying it's time for the next generation of Japanese wrestlers to feature at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The 36-year-old Yoshida, who also won 13 consecutive world championships, spoke before a packed news conference at a hotel in central Tokyo.
"I realize I have done everything I can as a wrestler and it's now time to let the next generation of wrestlers take over," Yoshida said.