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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 ...

Sep 21, 2016

Olympic medalists to get October parade in Tokyo

Japanese medalists from the Rio Olympics and Paralympics will parade through central Tokyo on Oct. 7 over a 2.5-km course from the Ginza area to the Nihombashi district, a source close to organizers said Wednesday. The route will be significantly longer than the parade ...

Japan leaves Rio without winning gold

Sep 19, 2016

Japan leaves Rio without winning gold

The final day of competition in Rio on Sunday marked a humiliating moment for Japan, as the country finished its first Paralympics without a gold medal. Japan earned a total of 24 medals — 10 silver and 14 bronze — in what turned out ...

Japan still chasing gold

Sep 17, 2016

Japan still chasing gold

Japan failed to win any medals Friday at the Rio Paralympics, with the day’s best result by Keiichi Kimura who finished fourth in the men’s SM11 200-meter individual medley final for swimmers with visual impairment. With just two more days of competition remaining, Japan ...

Wheelchair fencers exhibit unique skills

Sep 17, 2016

Wheelchair fencers exhibit unique skills

The Paralympic wheelchair fencers enter the arena to the strains of the James Bond theme tune, but even 007 probably couldn’t duel while stuck in a chair. Many skillful athletes are overcoming a lot of disabilities at the Rio Games. However, fencers have a ...

Japan claims three more medals but wait for gold continues

Sep 16, 2016

Japan claims three more medals but wait for gold continues

Japan added three more medals in athletics, wheelchair tennis and swimming on Thursday, but continued to feel the sting of not achieving a gold medal thus far at the Rio Paralympics. A silver-medal effort from T52 wheelchair racer Tomoki Sato in the men’s 1,500 ...