China, Philippines vying to host 2019 FIBA World Cup

Aug 6, 2015

China, Philippines vying to host 2019 FIBA World Cup

Before the start of the three-day FIBA Central Board meeting on Friday, the Japan Basketball Association hosted a welcome party for the sport’s executives at a Tokyo hotel. The dignitaries included FIBA president Horacio Muratore and FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann on Thursday night. ...

First wave of teams allocated for new hoop league

Jul 31, 2015

First wave of teams allocated for new hoop league

The Japan Professional Basketball League announced which divisions 20 of the teams that will make up the new men’s top circuit will play in on Thursday, following a meeting of the FIBA-led Japan 2024 Task Force. A total of 12 clubs have been allocated ...

Sani Brown dreaming big after eye-catching performance

Jul 26, 2015

Sani Brown dreaming big after eye-catching performance

Surrounded by so many reporters, photographers and TV cameras, Abdul Hakim Sani Brown, the latest sprint phenom from Japan, seemed a little uncomfortable. “No, I didn’t think about this,” the 16-year-old said, when asked if he’d expected such a large media presence waiting for ...

Samurai Japan announces provisional roster for Premier 12

Jul 16, 2015

Samurai Japan announces provisional roster for Premier 12

Skipper Hiroki Kokubo announced the Samurai Japan national baseball team’s first provisional roster for November’s inaugural WBSC Premier 12 on Thursday afternoon. The group of 65 players is exclusively made up of NPB stars including 40-year-old ex-major league hurler Hiroki Kuroda and a 19-year-old ...

Hovasse convinced Tokashiki bound for greatness

Jul 15, 2015

Hovasse convinced Tokashiki bound for greatness

Japan women’s national basketball team assistant coach Tom Hovasse recalled that Ramu Tokashiki “was just a kid” when she made her WJBL debut right out of high school. But Tokashiki kept growing as a player, day in and day out, and has now reached ...

Multisport culture failing to take root in Japan

Jul 11, 2015

Multisport culture failing to take root in Japan

Do we have anyone like Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders in Japan? Or the environment to potentially produce athletes like them? The answer would be simply “no,” or “most unlikely,” wouldn’t it? In recent years, the value of playing multiple sports has been a ...

WBC bantamweight champ Yamanaka to make ninth title defense on Sept. 22

Jul 10, 2015

WBC bantamweight champ Yamanaka to make ninth title defense on Sept. 22

WBC bantamweight world champion Shinsuke Yamanaka will face former WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno at Tokyo’s Ota City General Gymnasium on Sept. 22, Teiken Promotions announced on Friday. Yamanaka (23-0-2) will make his ninth title defense, and Moreno, a Panamanian, will arguably be his ...