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Japan Olympic delegation reflects on Rio success

Japan’s Olympic delegation held a wrap-up ceremony at a Tokyo hotel on Thursday following a highly successful campaign at the Rio Games. Decathlete and Japan’s flagbearer at the Games, Keisuke Ushiro, handed back the flag to Japanese Olympic Committee chief Tsunekazu Takeda before chef de mission Seiko Hashimoto made a ...

Aug 24, 2016

Rio police expand scalping probe of Irish Olympic Council

The man named to head Ireland’s Olympic committee after its president was arrested in a ticket-scalping case during the Rio Games is also suspected of participating in the scheme but left Brazil before he could be questioned, police said Tuesday. Authorities said William O’Brien, ...

Silver medalist Lilesa skips flight to Ethiopia

Aug 24, 2016

Silver medalist Lilesa skips flight to Ethiopia

Olympic marathon silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa failed to return to Ethiopia Monday night despite assurances he would not be punished for his Rio protest over political repression in his country. An AFP journalist at the airport in Addis Ababa said Lilesa was not onboard ...

Russia's ban from Rio Paralympics upheld

Aug 23, 2016

Russia's ban from Rio Paralympics upheld

Russia is banned from the Paralympic Games as punishment for a state-backed doping program, after losing an appeal at sport’s highest court. The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced its urgent verdict Tuesday to dismiss the Russian Paralympic Committee’s appeal against exclusion from the ...

Speedo USA, two other sponsors drop Lochte after Rio incident

Aug 23, 2016

Speedo USA, two other sponsors drop Lochte after Rio incident

Ryan Lochte lost three major sponsors when swimsuit company Speedo USA, clothing giant Ralph Lauren and skin-care firm Syneron-Candela announced in quick succession Monday they were dumping the swimmer over a drunken incident during the Rio Olympics that he initially described as an armed ...

Aug 22, 2016

Memorable quotes from Rio Games

Ten quotes from the 2016 Rio Olympics: “There you go. I’m the greatest.” – Usain Bolt on securing his “triple-triple” of 100 meters, 200m and 4x100m relay golds. “This is how I wanted to finish my career. I’ve lived a dream come true. Being ...

Poetic reflections on the Rio Games

Aug 22, 2016

Poetic reflections on the Rio Games

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The flame goes out to close this show In which the bar was set real low, With Zika and a toxic bay That doubles as a vast bidet, Recession pounding one and all, A president against the wall, Budget crises that go back years, ...

Aug 22, 2016

Pyeongchang chief Lee calls for 'Peace Olympics' in 2018

Lee Hee-beom, the president of the Pyeongchang organizing committee, is calling his 2018 Winter Games the “Peace Olympics.” Lee said Sunday that South Korea’s hostile neighbor North Korea is welcome. He said we “will open the door to all participants, not only North Korea ...