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Refugee team unsure for Tokyo 2020

The newly formed refugee team competing at this year’s Olympics was one of the highlights in Rio de Janeiro but it is not clear if it will compete at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Tuesday. The IOC unveiled its first team of refugees in ...

Nov 17, 2016

Judge releases Hickey on bail for medical reasons

A Brazilian judge has released former IOC member Patrick Hickey on bail of 1.5 million reals ($500,000) so he can seek medical treatment outside Brazil. The judicial order was published on Wednesday. Hickey, who is reported to have a heart condition, was arrested three ...

Nov 11, 2016

Riner, Paris mayor to push city's 2024 Olympic bid

Two-time Olympic judo champion Teddy Riner and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo will travel to Qatar to showcase the city’s 2024 hosting bid at an upcoming general assembly for The Association of National Olympic Committees. The ANOC meeting will be held in Doha on Tuesday ...

Oct 20, 2016

Two Japanese awarded prestigious Olympic Order

The International Olympic Committee has awarded former Japan Football Association President Saburo Kawabuchi and 1964 Tokyo Olympic women’s team gymnastics bronze medalist Kiyoko Ono the Olympic Order, the Japanese Olympic Committee announced Thursday. The Olympic Order, awarded for outstanding service to the Olympic movement, ...

Oct 8, 2016

Obama puts end to tax on Olympians

America’s Olympic athletes will no longer pay a so-called victory tax under a bill President Barack Obama has signed into law. The IRS will now be prohibited from taxing most medals or other prizes awarded to U.S. Olympians. The U.S. Olympic Committee awards cash ...

Oct 5, 2016

Jamaica's Japan-made 'Shitamachi Special' bobsleigh unveiled

A new bobsleigh model developed by about 60 small factory operators in Tokyo for the Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation was unveiled Wednesday in the Japanese capital. A committee promoting the “Shitamachi Bobsleigh” project showed the new “Shitamachi Special” for two riders, painted green, yellow and ...

Swimmer Hoshi confirms retirement

Oct 4, 2016

Swimmer Hoshi confirms retirement

Double Olympic medalist Natsumi Hoshi, who won the bronze in the women’s 200-meter butterfly at the 2012 London Games and the Rio Olympics in August, said Tuesday she is retiring from competition. “The biggest (reason for retirement) is that I gave my all at ...

Oct 4, 2016

Fukuhara a target of cyber hackers

Women’s table tennis team bronze medalist Ai Fukuhara is among the three Japanese athletes who were targeted in the latest leak of confidential medical documents, a cyber hacker group said Monday. The World Anti-Doping Agency admitted the same day the hacking organization calling itself ...

Sports Agency unveils Tokyo 2020 medal road map

Oct 3, 2016

Sports Agency unveils Tokyo 2020 medal road map

Sports Agency Commissioner Daichi Suzuki on Monday revealed details of the strategic plan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics designed to help Japan win medals in a wider variety of disciplines and improve the overall medal count. The so-called “Suzuki Plan” will serve as a ...

Oct 2, 2016

IOC's Bach set to begin Paris visit

IOC president Thomas Bach met with French athletes and Paris leaders of their 2024 bid at the start of a two-day visit in the French capital on Saturday. Bach, who will meet French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace on Sunday then attend ...

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi rejects 2024 Olympic bid

Sep 22, 2016

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi rejects 2024 Olympic bid

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi rejected the city’s bid for the 2024 Olympics on Wednesday, effectively dooming the capital’s candidacy for the second time in four years. If approved by the city assembly, Raggi’s rejection would leave only Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest in the ...