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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 compatriot Kaori Icho in taking four ...

Aug 20, 2016

Lalovic praises 'legend' Icho

Nenad Lalovic, the president of United World Wrestling, on Friday paid glowing tribute to Japan’s Kaori Icho after she scored her fourth straight Olympic gold medal in women’s freestyle wrestling at the Rio Games. The 32-year-old Icho defeated Russia’s Valeriia Koblova Zholobova in the ...

Higuchi battles to silver medal in 57-kg wrestling

Aug 20, 2016

Higuchi battles to silver medal in 57-kg wrestling

Rei Higuchi came inches from glory but had to settle for the silver medal after losing to reigning world champion Vladimer Khinchegashvili of Georgia in the men’s freestyle 57-kg final in his Olympic debut at the Rio Games on Friday. The 20-year-old Higuchi put ...

Inoue loses bronze-medal match in Greco-Roman wrestling

Aug 17, 2016

Inoue loses bronze-medal match in Greco-Roman wrestling

Tomohiro Inoue missed out on giving Japan its second medal of the men’s wrestling competition after he was beaten by Georgia’s Shmagi Bolkvadze in a match for bronze in the Greco-Roman 66-kilogram category at the Rio Games on Tuesday. Inoue lost his opening match ...

Ota captures silver in 59-kg Greco-Roman

Aug 16, 2016

Ota captures silver in 59-kg Greco-Roman

Shinobu Ota managed a silver medal but was no match against reigning world champion Ismael Borrero Molina of Cuba in the men’s Greco-Roman 59-kg final at the Rio Olympics on Sunday. The 22-year-old Ota, who finished second at the 2014 Asian Championships in Astana ...

Jan 22, 2015

London Olympic wrestling champion Yonemitsu to retire

Japan’s Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu, who won a gold medal at the London Olympics in the men’s 66-kilogram freestyle wrestling, will retire from competition, he announced Thursday. “I live for wrestling,” Yonemitsu told a press conference. “I was nurtured in wrestling and I want to do ...

Sep 9, 2013

Wrestling voted back in for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Wrestling, which was dropped from the Olympics list of core sports in February, regained its spot Sunday, beating out a combined baseball-softball bid and squash for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the newly elected host city. Wrestling was the last to make a ...

Sep 8, 2013

Wrestling poised for return at 2020 Games: sources

Wrestling, which was dropped from the Olympics list of core sports in February, is all but guaranteed to regain its spot in the 2020 Summer Games, IOC sources said Saturday. Wrestling is competing against a combined baseball-softball bid and squash but is certain to ...

Feb 26, 2013

Japan launches petition to save Olympic wrestling

The Japan Wrestling Federation launched an online petition site to keep wrestling in the Olympics on Monday with the aim of submitting 100,000 signatures to the International Olympic Committee. The website, titled “Save Olympic Wrestling,” can be accessed in several languages. The federation plans ...

Japan wrestling head not ready to give up fight

Feb 14, 2013

Japan wrestling head not ready to give up fight

Japan Wrestling Federation President Tomiaki Fukuda on Wednesday called into question the International Olympic Committee’s decision to drop wrestling from the 2020 Games, saying the sport’s governing body has failed to give “clear reasons” for why wrestling is being removed. Fukuda said the fight ...