MONACO (AP) — Former world indoor 400-meter champion Kemi Adekoya has been banned for four years for doping in another drug case to hit Bahrain's squad of elite African-born runners.
Asian Games champ Keyhani banned for doping
MONACO (AP) — Asian Games steeplechase champion Hosein Keyhani has been banned for doping.
The Athletics Integrity Unit, which handles doping cases in track and field, says the Iranian...
MONACO (AP) — Asian Games steeplechase champion Hossein Keyhani has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for EPO.
The Athletics Integrity Unit says Keyhani was sent a "notice...
2022 Asian Games to include athletes from Oceania
BANGKOK (AP) — Basketball, volleyball and soccer players from Australia and other Oceania countries will be permitted to compete at the next edition of the Asian Games.
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.
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.
4-time Asian champion runner tests positive for steroid
MONACO (AP) — Four-time Asian Games champion Kemi Adekoya has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.
The Athletics Integrity Unit said Monday a "notice of allegation" was sent to Adekoya, a Nigerian-born runner who switched allegiance to Bahrain.
Son ‘sad’ and ‘sorry’ to be leaving Tottenham for Asian Cup
LONDON (AP) — Son Heung-min is looking forward to making history with South Korea at the upcoming Asian Cup.
He's just sorry it has to come at the expense of helping Tottenham maintain its title challenge in the Premier League.
Son might be in the form of his career, having scored eight goals in his last nine games as Tottenham moved into second place in the league and into serious contention for the title.
No rest for Son after grueling summer of soccer
A grueling summer of soccer for Son Heung-min took in the World Cup in Russia, a preseason tour to the United States, then the Asian Games in Indonesia where he played six games in 18 days in stifling conditions.
Korean boy bands, soccer stars march to different beats
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Boy band BTS hit the top of the charts not long after Son Heung-min and his South Korean soccer team stepped atop the Asian Games podium.
The performers and athletes brought plenty of acclaim to the country, but it has sparked a national debate on military service.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Asian Games ended on Sunday, with China, Japan and South Korea — as always — dominating the two-week event. But several other nations closed ground slowly, making the Big Three not quite as dominant.
Asian Games stir Indonesia’s pride, boost Jokowi’s campaign
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's hosting of the Asian Games and a record haul of gold medals have swelled national pride, boosting the re-election campaign of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
The 2-week games ended Saturday with Indonesia fourth on the medal table behind China, Japan and South Korea. A good chunk of its 31 gold medals were in obscure sports held only at the Asian Games, and none was from swimming or athletics.
Asian Games close: Indonesia shows it’s the ‘Energy of Asia’
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia billed itself the "Energy of Asia" during the Asian Games, which closed Sunday in a ceremony emphasizing the country's diversity and the ties linking the 11,000 athletes who competed for 45 nations.
The opening ceremony two weeks ago was highly choreographed, but the athletes starred in most of the closing pomp as they sang and danced on the infield at the Bung Karno stadium during a persistent shower, the first rain in Jakarta for a month.
Asian Games end and Japan, China turn eyes to Tokyo Olympics
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Now comes the hard part for Japan, which is pledging to win 30 gold medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Japan is sure to get a "medal bounce" as the Olympic host country. But how big? China got a giant one at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and Britain capitalized in 2012 in London.
Even Brazil got a slight boost two years ago in Rio de Janeiro, despite the country being dragged down by a deep recession and a massive corruption scandal.
Japan women improve to win Asian Games rugby gold
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japan's women's rugby sevens team gave itself a timely boost two years out from the Tokyo Olympics when it beat China 7-5 and won the Asian Games final for the first time on Saturday.
While Japan's men have dominated Asian sevens for years, the women have struggled to stay ahead of their regional rival.
Japan was beaten by China in the last Asian Games final four years ago, and recently lost its spot to China as a "core" team in the world sevens series.
Tottenham’s Son avoids military duty with Asian Games gold
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Tottenham forward Son Heung-min will get to skip military service.
Son avoided the service obligation when South Korea defeated Japan 2-1 in the Asian Games soccer final on Saturday.
The South Korean government rewards holders of Asian Games gold medals and all Olympic medals with the exemption. Military service is compulsory for South Korean males, and Son would have faced at least 21 months of service and the loss of millions in income.
Indonesia announces surprise bid for 2032 Olympics
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia will bid to host the 2032 Olympics following the success of the Asian Games held there over the past two weeks, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said in a surprise announcement Saturday that highlights the rising ambition of the giant but long underperforming Southeast Asian nation.
Jokowi, who is campaigning for a second term, made the announcement at a meeting in Bogor with the presidents of the International Olympic Committee and the Asian Olympic Committee.
India’s Amit Panghal wins surprise Asian Games boxing gold
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indian light flyweight Amit Panghal upset Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov to win gold at the Asian Games on Saturday and deliver a blow to Uzbekistan's domination of the region's men's boxing titles.
Uzbekistan fighters still managed to win five of the seven golds in the men's competition but lost the one that seemed like a sure bet when Panghal beat Dusmatov on a split points decision.
Bach: No Olympic future for esports until ‘violence’ removed
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach isn't certain if, or when, esports might be incorporated into the Olympic Games.
But he was clear in an interview with The Associated Press at the Asian Games on Saturday about the need to meet some conditions before being considered.
Japan women win soccer, field hockey gold at Asian Games
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Yuika Sugasawa's last-minute header earned Japan the Asian Games gold medal in pouring rain in Palembang with a 1-0 win over China in the women's soccer final.
A half hour later on a humid Friday night 400 kilometers (250 miles) away in the Indonesian capital, Japan beat India 2-1 for gold in the women's field hockey.
Ready, set, go. Coe expects Asian track and field to boom
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Almost unthinkable to some a decade ago, sprinters from China and Japan are running sub-10 seconds for the 100 meters.
There's plenty more to come from Asia, too, according to international athletics federation president Sebastian Coe.
With billions of people, increasing investment in facilities and coaching and Olympic ambitions, he says the continent is on the move.
Yao in wings as China’s NBA stars seeking Asian Games gold
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — He may no longer be playing but ex-Houston Rockets star Yao Ming remains a talismanic figure in Chinese basketball as he inspires a generation of Chinese NBA stars toward a gold medal at the Asian Games.
A China team featuring Rockets center Zhou Qi and Dallas Mavericks guard Ding Yanyuhang looms as a heavy favorite to win men's final against Iran on Saturday.
Combined Koreas basketball team to play for Asian Games gold
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The combined Koreas women's basketball team reached the Asian Games final, giving one of the sentimental favorites a chance at a historic gold medal.
A favorite in another sport won't get the chance at gold, though, after defending field hockey champion India was upset later Thursday in a shootout against Malaysia.
Asian Games: Finding a seat no problem at track and field
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Some Asian Games crowds have been sparse, particularly at track and field where fewer than 5,000 fans at evening finals have been packed into a cordoned off section along the main straightaway at the 76,000-seat national stadium.
Son’s last shot for military exemption at Asian Games
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Tottenham forward Son Heung-min will get one more shot at an exemption from military service after helping South Korea reach the final at the Asian Games.
Son took leave from the Premier League to join the South Korea squad in Indonesia in pursuit of an Asian Games title. He figured a short break now could save him two seasons on the sidelines later.
Japan basketballers who paid for sex get 1-year suspensions
TOKYO (AP) — Four Japanese basketballers who were sent home from the Asian Games for hiring prostitutes while on a night out in Jakarta have been suspended from playing for one year.
Yuko Mitsuya, the head of the Japan Basketball Association, bowed in apology before making the announcement at a Wednesday news conference in Tokyo.
"They lacked the sense of pride and responsibility that players in the Japanese delegation should have," she said.
Ramping up Olympic preps: Japan wins 3 skateboarding golds
PALEMBANG, Indonesia (AP) — Japanese teenagers Sakura Yosozumi and Kensuke Sasaoke provided a next-generation entree to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with gold medals at the Asian Games. In skateboarding.
The 16-year-old Yosozumi, an X Games and Park Series Pro Tour medalist, won the women's park final at Jakabaring Sport City in Palembang, which is co-hosting the Asian Games with Indonesian capital, Jakarta.
Esports execs say don’t blame the games, blame US gun laws
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Esports organizers say don't blame the games.
Executives at the Asian Games have expressed sympathy for the victims of the deadly shooting at a video game tournament in a Florida shopping mall. But Kenneth Fok, president of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation, said the shooting was more a reflection of U.S. gun laws than the gaming community.
Mixed relay makes Asian Games debut; China back atop medals
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The 4x400-meter mixed relay made its debut at the Asian Games, with Bahrain winning the first gold medal and three runners narrowly avoiding a collision when India's Hima Das dropped on the track at the last baton exchange.
The international athletics federation is experimenting with new events and the mixed 4x400, with each team comprising two female and two male runners, was a hit at the World Relays in the Bahamas last year and in the exhibition Nitro series.
Christie wins host Indonesia’s signature gold at Asian Games
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Every host has a signature event that defines the success of the games, at least in the context of sports.
Jonatan Christie won that event for the 2018 Asian Games hosts with a 21-18, 20-22, 21-15 win over Taiwan's Chou Tien-chen to secure the badminton men's singles gold medal for Indonesia.
Indonesia gets badminton golds; Taiwan wins women’s singles
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia won its most anticipated medal of the Asian Games on Tuesday with a badminton gold in men's singles.
Badminton is the country's most practiced sport, and it's the only one that's ever earned the sprawling nation a gold medal at the Olympics.
"Everyone in school, high school, in college plays," explained Luvita Tinambunan, a volunteer working at the badminton arena. "It runs in our country's blood. It's part of us like fried rice."
Son and co face Vietnam and ‘Korean Hiddink’ at Asian Games
If South Korea's national team is to reach the final of the Asian Games and win an exemption from military service for its players, then it will have to get past Vietnam and the "Korean Hiddink."
Korean coach Park Hang-seo, a member of Guus Hiddink's coaching staff at the 2002 World Cup when South Korea reached the semifinals, is coaching Vietnam.
Spurs’ Son still up for army reprieve; No medal for Clarkson
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Tottenham forward Son Heung-min is still on target for an Asian Games gold medal that will earn a reprieve from military service.
Son's South Korea rallied to beat Uzbekistan 4-3 with a penalty late in extra time on Monday to advance to the semifinals.
The soccer title would come with a huge bonus: South Korea's government gives exemptions from compulsory national service to those who win an Asian Games gold or any Olympic medal.
Esports into Asian Games; Could the Olympics be next?
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Esports is debuting as an exhibition sport at the Asian Games and is targeted for full inclusion in four years at the games in Hangzhou, China.
Kenneth Fok, president of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation, said the long-term aim is getting esports into the Olympics.
This seems a possibility, given that the International Olympic Committee held a forum on esports just last month at its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
China’s Su Bingtian wins 100 meters in Asian Games record
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Su Bingtian gave world junior champion Lalu Muhammad Zohri a taste of what it's like to race against the fastest men on the continent.
The Asian record holder from China was the hot favorite for the Asian Games gold medal in the 100 meters, but the crowd in Jakarta was there to support their 18-year-old local hope from the earthquake-ravaged island of Lombok.
For the first time since war, this gold belongs to Korea
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — There was no dividing them. The folk song Arirang played and the "unification" flag was raised to celebrate the first gold medal by a combined Koreas team at a major multi-sport event.
The crew comprising South Koreans and North Koreans won the 500-meter dragon boat final on Sunday at the Asian Games co-host city of Palembang, a day after the paddlers delivered the historic first medal for a combined Koreas team by taking bronze in the 200-meter dragon boat competition.
Asian Games: Gold for Cambodia by Californian born in Texas
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At 16, Jessa Khan has already won a stack of gold medals at state, regional and international competitions. But these are nothing to match her gold medal in jiu-jitsu at the Asian Games.
She won for Cambodia, thrilling for a young woman who was born in Texas, lives in southern California and was competing for the birthplace of her father.
"I won a lot of gold medals before, but this one was very special," she said in an interview Sunday with the Associated Press.
Combined Koreas crew wins historic medal at Asian Games
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Two countries. One significant medal.
A combined Koreas crew earned a historic bronze medal at the Asian Games on Saturday by finishing third in the women's 200-meter dragon boat final behind China and games host Indonesia.
It was the first time a combined team from North Korea and South Korea has won a medal at a major multi-sport international event.
Badminton star Sindhu makes millions on Olympic silver medal
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Pusarla Venkata Sindhu of India— known as PV — turned a silver medal two years ago in badminton at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics into millions of dollars in endorsements.
She's the favorite to win gold at the Asian Games, though even that result may not yield the same windfall.
Thais digging in to keep an Asian game at the Asian Games
PALEMBANG, Indonesia (AP) — Of the Asian games at the Asian Games, sepaktakraw should get some billing as a festival event.
With origins in rural southeast Asian provinces — several countries lay claim to creating it — sepaktakraw is like an aerial soccer or hands-free volleyball where players can use their feet, knees, heads, elbows or shoulders to propel a woven, synthetic ball. No hands.
Swimmer Rikako Ikee: A smiling face for 2020 Tokyo Olympics
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rikako Ikee could very well be the smiling face of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a new star that organizers are sure to promote during the build-up to the games.
The 18-year-old Japanese swimmer has a lot to be happy about.
Capped by a record eight medals at the Asian Games — six gold — Ikee has become an Olympic favorite, particularly in the 100-meter butterfly where she is chasing the world record.
Inoue wins Asian Games marathon gold medal in sprint finish
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Hiroto Inoue won the Asian Games marathon gold medal after a late tangle with Bahrain's Elhassan Elabbassi as the pair sprinted together in the closing meters of the race.
The Japanese runner finished in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 22 seconds and held his arms out wide as he crossed the line less than a meter ahead of Elabassi, who was credited with the same time.
6th gold gives Ikee a record 8th medal at Asian Games
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The haul of medals in a record collection at the Asian Games for Rikako Ikee will increase the weight of expectation on her at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The 18-year-old Japanese swimmer capped a remarkable week in the Jakarta pool by winning the 50-meter freestyle Friday night to claim her sixth gold. It was also her eighth medal overall at the meet, equaling the total for a single Asian Games set in 1982 by North Korean shooter So Gin Man.
Ikee, Sun star in Asian Games rehearsal for 2020 Olympics
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japan and China finished all square in the swimming gold medal tally at the Asian Games in a key dress rehearsal for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
China needed to win Friday's last race to tie Japan on 19 golds in the pool and they did it, pinching the men's 4x100-metre medley relay by four-hundredths of a second in 3 minutes and 29.99 seconds.
Too bad for India as Iran wins Asian Games kabaddi gold
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — In what would have been unthinkable in India before the Asian Games, there'll be no kabaddi gold medals for the spiritual home of the sport.
A day after Iran stunned the seven-time champion Indian men in the semifinals, the Iranians won the women's title with a 27-24 thriller over India on Friday.
Too bad for India, which has long dominated a sport that blends tag and tackle with wrestling moves.
Taiwan _ by whatever name _ still winning at Asian Games
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Imagine if the United States could not compete under its real name at the Olympics. Or Japan, or Spain or India.
That's the reality for Taiwan, which is also formally known as the Republic of China.
But at the on-going Asian Games in Indonesia — as well as the Olympics — the island is listed officially as Chinese Taipei, and marches under a white flag adorned with the Olympic rings.
1st doping case of Asian Games is Turkmenistan wrestler
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The first doping case of the Asian Games has been registered against a wrestler from Turkmenistan.
The Olympic Council of Asia issued a statement Friday saying Rustem Nazarov, who lost in the quarterfinals of the 57-kilogram division, was disqualified from the games after testing positive for the banned diuretic furosemide in a pre-games test.
Japanese teenager Ikee wins 5th gold medal at Asian Games
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rikako Ikee is turning Jakarta's Asian Games pool into her own golden pond. Every time she dives into the water, she comes out with another medal.
The 18-year-old Ikee did it again Thursday, swimming the butterfly leg for the Japanese team that won the women's 4x100-meter medley relay.
Silver lining for young and old athletes at Asian Games
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — There was a silver lining for seven-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina at the Asian Games.
The 43-year-old Uzbekistan gymnast took silver in the vault, one-tenth of a point behind 16-year-old South Korean Yeo Seo-jeong.
Yeo, who was born 10 years after Chusovitina made her Olympic debut and won gold in the team event in '92 in Barcelona, won with 14.387 points.