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Japanese athletes grab medals on mat, in pool

Sep 9, 2016

Japanese athletes grab medals on mat, in pool

Makoto Hirose claimed silver in the men’s 60-kg weight class for judoka with visual impairment to earn Japan’s first medal at the Rio Paralympics as full competition got underway on Thursday. His countrymen added two bronze medals, with Satoshi Fujimoto winning the men’s 66-kg ...

Lochte suspended for 10 months

Sep 9, 2016

Lochte suspended for 10 months

Ryan Lochte will forfeit $100,000 and a chance to swim at next year’s world championships as part of the penalty for his drunken encounter at a gas station in Brazil during last month’s Olympics. The U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Swimming announced the penalties ...

Paralympics open with bang

Sep 8, 2016

Paralympics open with bang

The Paralympic Games opened Wednesday with 4,350 athletes demonstrating first-hand their creed: “The heart knows no limits; everybody has a heart.” Wheelchair daredevil Aaron Wheelz showed the spirit in the opening act. As a countdown from 10 reached its end, Wheelz raced down a ...

Sep 7, 2016

Brazil charges IOC's Hickey

Brazilian prosecutors have filed charges against a high-ranking Olympic official in connection to a ticket-scalping case that unfolded during last month’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Marcos Kac, a state prosecutor, said on Tuesday he decided to charge Olympic Council of Ireland President ...

Sep 7, 2016

Bach to miss Paralympic opening ceremony

IOC President Thomas Bach will miss Wednesday’s opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games in order to attend a state event in Germany. The International Olympic Committee said Tuesday that Bach would attend the official state mourning ceremony on Wednesday for Walter Scheel, the former ...

Blind Shiga swimmer goes for gold in Rio

Sep 6, 2016

Blind Shiga swimmer goes for gold in Rio

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Being blind is nobody’s choice, but for Japanese swimmer Keiichi Kimura the decision to break into the world of competitive swimming — and go one further by aiming for gold at the Paralympics — was entirely his. Going to the Rio Paralympics, which starts ...

Austere Rio no barrier as para-athletes strive to shine

Sep 6, 2016

Austere Rio no barrier as para-athletes strive to shine

Austere but battling as ever, the Paralympics start in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday hoping that rivalry in competition can overshadow controversy off the track. Caught in political and economic crises, Rio 2016 organizers have skimped as far as they can on food, transport ...

Sep 3, 2016

Fukushima could host 2020 events

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are working toward staging a baseball and softball game in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Fukushima Prefecture, a source close to the matter said Friday. Baseball and softball were among the five sports approved last month by ...

Wrestling icon Yoshida wants to compete at 2020 Tokyo Games

Sep 1, 2016

Wrestling icon Yoshida wants to compete at 2020 Tokyo Games

Three-time Olympic champion Saori Yoshida expressed her desire to make another appearance in freestyle wrestling in four years when the Olympics come to Japan. Yoshida, who succumbed to American Helen Maroulis in a shock women’s freestyle 53-kg final defeat, missed the chance to join ...