Olympics Topics

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Gymnastics great Caslavska dies at 74

Aug 31, 2016

Gymnastics great Caslavska dies at 74

Vera Caslavska, a multiple Olympic gymnastics gold medalist who stood up against the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, has died. She was 74. The Czech Olympic Committee on Wednesday said Caslavska died in Prague late Tuesday. Caslavska had cancer of the pancreas and underwent ...

Aug 30, 2016

Kenyan Olympic officials facing criminal investigation

Kenya is risking sanctions from the IOC after the sports minister said he had disbanded the national Olympic body and three of its senior officials were arrested and face a criminal investigation relating to alleged abuse of office during the Rio de Janeiro Games. ...