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Japan boccia squad claims silver medal in Rio

Sep 13, 2016

Japan boccia squad claims silver medal in Rio

Japan’s chance of winning its first gold medal at the Rio Paralympics was blown Monday when the four-member boccia squad was defeated by Thailand 9-4 in the mixed team BC1-2 final. Still, the silver was the country’s first-ever Paralympic medal in the sport — ...

Decorated wrestler Icho to receive People's Honor Award

Sep 13, 2016

Decorated wrestler Icho to receive People's Honor Award

The government said Tuesday it will bestow the People’s Honor Award on Kaori Icho who became the first female wrestler to win four consecutive Olympic gold medals at last month’s Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. “Her accomplishments have moved many people deeply and ...

Sep 10, 2016

Original idea: Have athlete play Mario

The director of the Japanese portion of the Rio Olympic closing ceremony said Friday that Mario, the video game character that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played in the event, was initially planned for a distinguished Japanese athlete. Hiroshi Sasaki said he intended to choose ...

Hirose grabs judo bronze

Sep 10, 2016

Hirose grabs judo bronze

Junko Hirose won judo bronze at the 2016 Rio Paralympics on Friday, earning Japan’s fourth overall medal, as the country’s first gold remains elusive and the slow start continues. Hirose, 25, competing in the 57-kg division of women’s judo for visually impaired athletes, earned ...

Sep 9, 2016

Rio police want to hear from IOC president Bach

Rio de Janeiro police investigating a ticket-scalping case say they want the IOC president to explain why Ireland’s allocation of Summer Games tickets went up. Police investigators say the Olympic Council of Ireland received 296 more tickets after exchanges between IOC head Thomas Bach ...

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 ...