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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 ...

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 ...

Aug 30, 2016

Russian female wrestler seeks justice after Rio assault

Olympic wrestler Inna Trazhukova is seeking justice after being hit in the face by the president of the Russian wrestling federation after missing out on a medal in Rio de Janeiro, her lawyer said on Monday. The 25-year-old athlete claims that wrestling chief Mikhail ...

Aug 27, 2016

OCI officials can return to Ireland

A Rio de Janeiro court will return the passports of three members of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) and they will be allowed to leave Brazil, a source in the Rio state security services said on Friday. The passports were seized by Brazilian ...

Aug 26, 2016

Lochte charged with making false robbery claims

The Brazilian authorities have charged U.S. swimming star Ryan Lochte with making a false statement about being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Olympics, police said Thursday. The 32-year-old gold medalist risks a jail sentence, Brazilian media quoted a police official as saying, although ...