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Residents must have stadium say: Masuzoe

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The wrestling match between the central government and Tokyo over how to handle the cost of the new stadium for the 2020 Olympics is showing no signs of cooling. A remark by sports minister Hakubun Shimomura about the possibility of creating a special law obliging the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to ...

Bach hints at Olympic baseball return

Sep 20, 2014

Bach hints at Olympic baseball return

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International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach is all in favor of bringing back men’s baseball and women’s softball as part of his 2020 Olympic agenda. He’s just not ready to say so, quite yet. Asked whether he wants to see the return of the ...

First black woman to win Olympic gold dies at 90

Jul 15, 2014

First black woman to win Olympic gold dies at 90

The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, died early Monday in south Georgia. She was 90. Davis’ death was confirmed by her daughter, Evelyn Jones. Davis won Olympic gold in the high jump at the 1948 games in ...

Holding 2020 Games in August dangerous

Jun 19, 2014

Holding 2020 Games in August dangerous

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I was reading the official document submitted last fall by the Tokyo Governor’s office which represented Tokyo’s winning bid for the 2020 Olympics, the other day, and wondered what the penalty, if any, was for false advertising. The Tokyo submission, under former governor Naoki ...

Tokyo 2020 Olympic chief Mori faces media scrutiny

Feb 9, 2014

Tokyo 2020 Olympic chief Mori faces media scrutiny

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Yoshiro Mori, the new Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organizing Committee president and former Prime Minister, faced some tough questions from the international media at a news conference on Sunday morning at the Main Media Center for the Sochi Games. One reporter wanted to know ...

Feb 5, 2014

Sato fired as men's volleyball coach

Gary Sato, the Japan men’s volleyball coach, will be replaced after a year on the job, the Japan Volleyball Association announced Wednesday. The JVA is scheduled to announce a successor to the American at a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday. Sato, the first ...

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 ...

Madrid's Olympic hopes crushed a third straight time

Sep 8, 2013

Madrid's Olympic hopes crushed a third straight time

Tens of thousands of Spaniards were devastated after Madrid lost its bid to host the 2020 Olympics on Saturday amid fears about the country’s economy and unemployment rate. It was the third straight time the capital failed in attempts to win the Summer Games. ...

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 ...