SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil has set up its Olympic training camp in Rio ... Rio Maior that is, a relatively small Portuguese city of 21,000 residents outside Lisbon.
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Nearly four dozen Nicaraguans stranded in Guatemala by pandemic travel restrictions for about four months said Saturday that they finally received approval from Honduras to...
DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — For many athletes and teams who have yet to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, the global virus outbreak is spoiling plans and ruining hopes.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The former world champion in judo who fled Iran last year in a dispute over competing against Israelis has been cleared to represent a new nation ahead of the Tokyo...
PEJA, Kosovo (AP) — Majlinda Kelmendi, the first athlete from Kosovo to win an Olympic Games gold medal, unveiled a statue of herself in her hometown on Friday.
VIENNA (AP) — Two-time Olympic judo champion Peter Seisenbacher was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday for sexually assaulting two young girls he was coaching in the early 2000s.
VIENNA (AP) — Two-time Olympic judo champion Peter Seisenbacher of Austria has denied the alleged sexual assault of two young girls he was coaching in the early 2000s.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran was banned from international judo competitions Tuesday for refusing to let its athletes fight Israeli opponents.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran has been suspended from international judo competitions because it boycotts bouts with Israeli athletes.
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Saeid Mollaei has been in hiding since he left the Iranian judo team last month, saying he had been ordered to withdraw from the world championships on political...
TOKYO (AP) — A judo world champion from Iran is afraid to return home after disobeying orders from the government to withdraw from the world championships in Tokyo to avoid a potential bout...
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Kayla Harrison made an Army veteran tap out and moved closer to cashing in on the richest fight of her pro career: her search for gold over, Harrison can stake her claim...
LYON, France (AP) — Netherlands midfielder Jackie Groenen's route to the World Cup final has been unusual by any standards, one which saw her starring at judo before attempting to represent a...
TOKYO (AP) — A former gold medalist was elected Thursday to lead the Japanese Olympic Committee, which is mired in a scandal that forced the former president to step aside in an alleged...
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's second-largest city has installed three auditory crosswalks to help blind athletes attending an upcoming sports event.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A letter from Iran over judo rules is being heralded by Israel and the International Judo Federation as a sign the Islamic Republic will allow its athletes to...
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Olympic sports leaders criticized Tokyo Games organizers on Tuesday for cutting spending on how events will be presented at venues next year.
NEW YORK (AP) — Two-time Olympic judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison and former Strikeforce and Invicta FC champion Sarah Kaufman headline the upcoming season of the Professional Fighters...
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's human rights commission plans to interview thousands of adult and child athletes about a culture of abuse in sports after a wave of female athletes came forward to say they had been raped or assaulted by their coaches.
The yearlong investigation will cover 50 sports and include children competing for elementary, middle and high schools, Park Hong-geun, an official from the National Human Rights Commission, said Wednesday.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — More South Korean female skaters are accusing their coaches of sexually abusing them, a group representing the athletes disclosed Monday following claims by two-time Olympic champion Shim Suk-hee that her former coach had repeatedly raped her.
The announcement came amid a growing #MeToo movement in South Korea's elite sports scene, which has been notorious for a brutal training culture and highly hierarchical relationships between coaches and athletes.
Take a stroll around New York for the holidays or grab a seat at Madison Square Garden and the promotional videos for the PFL Championship nearly rival the hype for the Rockettes: "Six weight classes, six world championship fights, plus the biggest name in women's mixed martial arts."
UFC two-division champ Amanda Nunes would surely resent that declaration.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Israel's sports minister attended an international judo competition that began Saturday in the United Arab Emirates as three Israeli players received medals and had their country's flag displayed on a screen.
It's a significant change from last year, when UAE organizers had singled Israel out with a ban on displaying its flag or playing its anthem during the tournament when one of its athletes was awarded a medal.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A judo competition in the United Arab Emirates has been reinstated after organizers promised equal treatment to Israeli athletes.
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — At Loras College, there is only one sensei.
His name is Terry Smith, and for the past 57 years he has been teaching judo to any who entered his dojo. To some at the college, his status is mythical.
"He's a legend walking among us," said TJ Miller, head wrestling coach for Loras. "Everybody knows Terry."
However, after decades of teaching young adults the various throws and takedowns that comprise judo, a 100-plus-year-old Japanese martial art, Smith is calling it quits.
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Hopes that the rival Koreas would march under one flag as a unified Korean team at a regional judo championship in Mongolia were dashed this weekend by a dispute over the flag.
At the center of the disagreement between the teams competing Sunday at the East Asia Judo Championship in Ulaanbaatar is how the "unification flag" depicts the Korean Peninsula.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Israeli judoka has won a gold medal at a competition held in Abu Dhabi, though he did not compete under the Israeli flag.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The International Judo Federation is demanding that the United Arab Emirates treat Israeli athletes equally after reports it is banning the Israeli flag at an upcoming contest.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam is reportedly banning Israeli athletes from wearing their country's symbols on uniforms, and is singling Israel out with a ban on displaying its flag or playing its anthem.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Hungary for the second time this year on Monday, attending the World Judo Championships in Budapest and discussing mutual energy interests with his Hungarian counterpart.
Putin, who made an official trip to Hungary in February, sat in a VIP box at the Laszlo Papp Budapest Sports Arena with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and other officials.
VIENNA (AP) — Two-time Olympic judo champion Peter Seisenbacher of Austria was arrested in Kiev, Ukraine, on sexual assault charges on Tuesday after his whereabouts had been unknown for more than seven months.
The regional criminal court in Vienna requested Seisenbacher's extradition shortly after his arrest by Ukrainian police.
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — A populist business tycoon and ex-judo champion was inaugurated Monday as Mongolia's new president, pledging to provide greater benefits for the county's 3 million people from their vast mineral wealth despite a slump in commodity prices that has battered the landlocked Asian nation's economy.
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — A populist business tycoon and former judo star is poised to take down the Mongolian ruling party's candidate in a runoff election for president.
Preliminary results Saturday after most of the polling stations were counted showed Khaltmaa Battulga of the Democratic Party was leading with 50.6 percent of the vote.
The Mongolian People's Party's Miyegombo Enkhbold secured 41.2 percent.
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Mongolians will vote for a new president on Monday in a race pitting a horse salesman against a former judo star and a nationalist wanting to get more from the vast landlocked country's mineral wealth.
HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) — Tucked away just off main street, Juniko Hyannis offers Brazilian jiujitsu classes to children and adults, creating a place on Cape Cod for lovers of this martial art.
Owner and head instructor Juliano Coutinho first found the sport while growing up in Brazil.
"Living in Brazil, it's easy to create a wrong path for yourself," said Coutinho in his white Gi, the traditional martial arts uniform. "Jiujitsu kept me focused and healthy."
PARIS (AP) — Denis Masseglia won a third consecutive term as president of the French Olympic committee on Thursday.
Masseglia was elected for another four-year mandate in the first round of voting ahead of French fencing federation president Isabelle Lamour and former Olympic judo champion David Douillet.
According to French media, Lamour immediately challenged the result, arguing that the general assembly that preceded the vote might have influenced voters to pick Masseglia.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — North Korea will no longer host the judo world junior championships because of security risks amid rising political tension with South Korea and the United States.
"At present, this situation is alarming, and the outcomes are difficult to predict," the International Judo Federation said Wednesday after talks with North Korea's sports ministry.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Although the sequel had nowhere near the drama of the original, both fights ended with Tyron Woodley's hands on the UFC welterweight belt.
Woodley retained his 170-pound title with a desultory majority decision over Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson at UFC 209 on Saturday night.
PARIS (AP) — Former Olympic judo champion David Douillet will run for the French Olympic committee presidency later this year.
Douillet, a gold medalist at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and a four-time world champion, told L'Equipe newspaper that he will challenge current president Denis Masseglia in the May election.
After retiring, Douillet embraced a political career and was briefly sports minister under former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
VIENNA (AP) — Legal authorities in Austria still had no clue on Peter Seisenbacher's whereabouts on Tuesday, a day after the two-time Olympic judo champion was supposed to stand trial for the alleged sexual assault of two young girls he was coaching in the early 2000s.
The regional criminal court and state prosecution in Vienna said they haven't heard from Seisenbacher since he failed to show up for the start of his trial on Monday. The case has been adjourned.
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TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Japan (all times local):
Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited the Kodokan Judo Institute, a judoists' mecca in downtown Tokyo, as he wrapped up his two-day visit to Japan.
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PARIS (AP) — Two-time Olympic judo champion Teddy Riner and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo will travel to Qatar to showcase the city's 2024 hosting bid at an upcoming general assembly for The Association of National Olympic Committees.
The ANOC meeting will be held in Doha on Tuesday and Wednesday, drawing about 1,000 delegates from all 206 national Olympic committees.
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Ronda Rousey says her bantamweight title shot against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 will be one of her final mixed martial arts bouts.
Rousey spoke about her fight Tuesday during an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show.
The 29-year-old Olympic judo medalist hasn't fought since November 2015, when she lost her title to Holly Holm.
When asked how much longer she will continue fighting, Rousey replied: "Not that long."
VIENNA (AP) — Two-time Olympic judo champion Peter Seisenbacher of Austria has been charged with sexual assaulting two young girls he was coaching in Vienna in the early 2000s.
Vienna's state prosecution service said on Wednesday that the alleged abuse took place between 1999 and 2004, when the two girls were still under 14. It said the women filed charges against their former coach in 2013.
If found guilty, the 56-year-old Seisenbacher could face a prison term of up to 10 years.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rowing, shooting and judo — the U.S. may have won big gold medals in those Olympic events but some of the most prominent Las Vegas sports books didn't even bother with them.
The bookmakers in Sin City said there's been little money and few expectations for Olympic sports wagering this year, as the games returned to the betting board after being off limits for more than a decade in Nevada.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — An Egyptian athlete who refused to shake his Israeli opponent's hand after their judo bout has been reprimanded and sent home from the Rio Olympics, officials said Monday.
The International Olympic Committee said Islam El Shehaby received a "severe reprimand" for his behavior following his first-round heavyweight bout loss to Or Sasson on Friday.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Forget the handshake that wasn't — Israel is delighted with something much more unusual: international athletic success.
While an Egyptian judoka's refusal to shake hands with his Israeli opponent at the Rio Olympics reverberated worldwide, in Israel the focus is on national Olympic medals — something far more novel than Middle East tensions.
The country entered the 2016 games with twice as many Nobel laureates as Olympic medalists.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Judo translates as "the gentle way."
But after nearly a week of competition at the Rio Olympics, the meaning of the Japanese martial art seems almost paradoxical; many of the matches have ended brutally, with judo players strangling others into unconsciousness or threatening to break their opponents' arms before forcing them to surrender.
When American Kayla Harrison fought her way to history on Thursday — becoming the country's first...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Middle Eastern politics spilled onto the judo mat Friday at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics when an Egyptian competitor refused to shake hands with the Israeli who beat him.
Islam El Shehaby, an ultraconservative Salafi Muslim, had come under pressure before the games from Islamist-leaning and nationalist voices in Egypt to withdraw from the first-round heavyweight bout against Or Sasson.
With about a minute and a half left in the bout, Sasson...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Judo is a Japanese martial art that was developed in the 19th century based on principles of self-defense. Its creator, Jigoro Kano, combined elements of jiu jitsu, wrestling and karate with other styles of fighting.
The combat sport typically uses the opponent's force against him, forbids striking and is not intended to do serious damage to rivals; even the sport's most violent holds give competitors the chance to tap out.