Russia facing allegations of systematic sports doping

Dec 4, 2014

Russia facing allegations of systematic sports doping

Russia faced explosive allegations of corruption and systematic doping on Wednesday, including the reported admission of drug use by an Olympic champion runner and coverup and extortion involving a three-time Chicago Marathon winner. Both German television channel ARD and French sports daily L’Equipe reported ...

Aug 17, 2014

Comedian Neko wins Cambodia's first modern marathon

Japan-born comedian Hiroshi Neko won Cambodia’s first international marathon in front of the Angkor Wat temple complex in Siem Reap province on Sunday. Neko, 37, a naturalized Cambodian, finished in 2 hours, 45 minutes and 28 seconds, while Japan’s Ba Gan took second in ...

Relay races proliferate as jogging catches on

Apr 27, 2014

Relay races proliferate as jogging catches on

by Junji Yamaguchi

The long-distance relay races called “ekiden” are growing on the back of the jogging boom, providing opportunities to run for recreation or bond with fellow employees. Sportsone Co., a sporting event organizer in Tokyo, hosts 25-km ekiden races for teams of co-workers consisting of ...

Apr 4, 2014

Japan launches national marathon teams

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

Call it “Running Samurai” or “Nadeshiko Runners.” Whatever the name, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations launched its national marathon teams on April 1 to try to end Japan’s Olympic drought and win some medals in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. “The gap ...

'Citizen runner' takes unconventional path

Nov 13, 2013

'Citizen runner' takes unconventional path

by Takeshi Ozawa

Yuki Kawauchi, 26, is a top marathon runner, but he defies the conventional wisdom of the sport in Japan. Kawauchi is known as a “citizen runner” because he works full time at a public night high school in Saitama Prefecture, while most top runners ...

May 24, 2013

Marathon runner Yoshida gets one-year doping ban

Kaori Yoshida was stripped of her fourth-place finish in December’s Honolulu Marathon on Thursday, when the Japan Anti-Doping Agency revealed she had tested positive for a banned substance. Yoshida, 32, received a one-year suspension from the agency after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug ...