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Jul 7, 2016

World Baseball Softball Confederation to inspect Yokohama Stadium

The World Baseball Softball Confederation will conduct an inspection next week of Yokohama Stadium as a possible venue for Olympic baseball and softball at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday. The stadium, home of the Yokohama BayStars, ...

Analysts feel Japan could make big leap in Rio

Jul 6, 2016

Analysts feel Japan could make big leap in Rio

The uncertainty around Russia’s Olympic buildup means Japan and other countries could be in a position to make a significant jump on the medal table at next month’s Rio Olympics, according to a group of analysts. With Russia’s normally successful athletics competitors soon to ...

Jul 6, 2016

Cyclist Meares to carry Australian flag in Rio

Two-time Olympic cycling gold medalist Anna Meares will carry the Australian flag at the opening ceremony for the Rio de Janeiro Games on Aug. 5 but has asked her family not to travel to Brazil due to concerns over security and the Zika virus. ...

Jul 5, 2016

Pollution woes surface at Guanabara Bay

A new pollution problem has surfaced in Guanabara Bay, the venue for sailing in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Sailors complained Monday about an oil slick that turned white boats brown with crews in town practicing for the Olympics, which open in a month. ...

Jul 5, 2016

Rio 2016 adds insect repellent partner

Rio 2016’s battle to convince athletes and visitors that the city will be safe from Zika-carrying mosquitoes has led to it signing the Olympics’ first-ever insect repellent partner. SC Johnson’s OFF! brand, a widely used repellent in Brazil, will have an official role at ...

Jul 1, 2016

Wrestler Yoshida named Japan Olympic team captain

Wrestler Saori Yoshida, the three-time defending Olympic women’s 53-kg champion has been selected to captain the Rio de Janeiro Olympic delegation, the Japanese Olympic Committee said Friday. The 33-year-old Yoshida, who was Japan’s flag bearer at the 2012 London Olympics, will be the first ...

Phelps prepared for Olympic trials

Jun 26, 2016

Phelps prepared for Olympic trials

For anyone else, six medals would’ve been a marvelous way to exit the Olympic stage. Not so for Michael Phelps. When he looks back to the London Olympics, they sound like a total failure. “I wasn’t happy doing what I was doing,” Phelps said ...

Jun 25, 2016

WADA halts testing at Rio laboratory

Just weeks before the Olympic Games open in Rio de Janeiro, the city’s accredited anti-doping laboratory has been stopped from conducting tests. The World Anti-Doping Agency said Friday it has suspended the lab’s accreditation due to “non-conformity with the International Standard for Laboratories.” It ...

Jun 23, 2016

Lifters from three nations could be banned from Rio Olympics over doping

Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus face one-year suspensions from international weightlifting competition following the retesting of samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, which may prevent lifters from those countries from competing at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro in August. The International Weightlifting ...

Pole vaulter Isinbayeva targets Rio Games spot

Jun 22, 2016

Pole vaulter Isinbayeva targets Rio Games spot

Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva had nearly abandoned all hope of ending her stellar career with a third Olympic gold in Rio, saying she would hang up her spikes at a far less glamorous event on the banks of the Volga. But the International Olympic ...