Father of three-time Olympic wrestling champion Yoshida dies

Mar 11, 2014

Father of three-time Olympic wrestling champion Yoshida dies

The father of Japan’s three-time Olympic wrestling gold medalist Saori Yoshida was found dead in his car after suffering subarachnoid bleeding Tuesday morning. Eikatsu Yoshida, 61, was found collapsed in his car on an expressway in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, parked at the shoulder, and ...

Medalists cheer restoration of wrestling to Olympics

Sep 9, 2013

Medalists cheer restoration of wrestling to Olympics

Three London Olympics gold medalists gathered Monday at a shopping area in Itabashi Ward, Tokyo, to celebrate the restoration of wrestling by the International Olympics Committee. Saori Yoshida, 30, Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu, 27, and Kaori Icho, 29, broke a decorative “kusudama” paper ball and celebrated ...

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 ...

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 ...

Sep 7, 2013

Wrestling body warned for breaking bid rules

Wrestling’s world governing body was reprimanded for a rules violation in its bid for a spot in the 2020 Summer Olympics, its chief confirmed at a news conference in Buenos Aires. “It was a problem with one letter that was sent from the Japan ...

Diplomat wrestles for peace in riven Sudan

Sep 6, 2013

Diplomat wrestles for peace in riven Sudan

by Ian Timberlake

In the thousands of years of Sudanese Nuba wrestling history, there had never been anything like it: a barefoot Japanese diplomat in a tight-fitting blue singlet stepping onto the sandy pitch to take on Sudan’s toughest fighter. Four times this year, Yasuhiro Murotatsu, 33, ...

Feb 26, 2013

Japan launches petition to save Olympic wrestling

The Japan Wrestling Federation launched an online petition site to keep wrestling in the Olympics on Monday with the aim of submitting 100,000 signatures to the International Olympic Committee. The website, titled “Save Olympic Wrestling,” can be accessed in several languages. The federation plans ...

Feb 19, 2013

Save Olympic wrestling

Japan should join the other countries that are opposed to the IOC's decision to possibly exclude wrestling from the 2020 Olympics and launch strong lobbying activities to save the sport.

Wrestling body ousts president

Feb 17, 2013

Wrestling body ousts president

The world governing body for wrestling on Saturday ousted its president, Raphael Martinetti, amid fallout from the International Olympic Committee’s controversial axing of wrestling as a core sport for the 2020 Summer Games. According to FILA vice president Tomiaki Fukuda, Martinetti was issued a ...

Japan wrestling head not ready to give up fight

Feb 14, 2013

Japan wrestling head not ready to give up fight

Japan Wrestling Federation President Tomiaki Fukuda on Wednesday called into question the International Olympic Committee’s decision to drop wrestling from the 2020 Games, saying the sport’s governing body has failed to give “clear reasons” for why wrestling is being removed. Fukuda said the fight ...