Aug 30, 2016

Russian female wrestler seeks justice after Rio assault

Olympic wrestler Inna Trazhukova is seeking justice after being hit in the face by the president of the Russian wrestling federation after missing out on a medal in Rio de Janeiro, her lawyer said on Monday. The 25-year-old athlete claims that wrestling chief Mikhail ...

Higuchi battles to silver medal in 57-kg wrestling

Aug 20, 2016

Higuchi battles to silver medal in 57-kg wrestling

Rei Higuchi came inches from glory but had to settle for the silver medal after losing to reigning world champion Vladimer Khinchegashvili of Georgia in the men’s freestyle 57-kg final in his Olympic debut at the Rio Games on Friday. The 20-year-old Higuchi put ...

Yoshida ready to face pressure, overcome jinx in Rio

Aug 3, 2016

Yoshida ready to face pressure, overcome jinx in Rio

There will be more than meets the eye riding on freestyle wrestler Saori Yoshida’s bid for an unprecedented fourth consecutive Olympic title the Rio Games. Not only will the 33-year-old be aiming to achieve victory in what could likely be her swansong, but she ...

Ready to rumble: Asian pro wrestlers dream of stardom

Jun 19, 2016

Ready to rumble: Asian pro wrestlers dream of stardom

Kenneth Thexeira is a mild-mannered writer for an interior-design magazine by day, but on certain nights his alter ego bursts forth in golden tights and a baby-blue cape: enter “The Eurasian Dragon.” The 27-year-old Singaporean is part of a small but growing community of ...

Jul 25, 2015

Hulk Hogan fired for racial slurs

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has severed ties with Hulk Hogan amid a report that one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling history used racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex tape. The company deleted most references to Hogan on its website ...

Jan 22, 2015

London Olympic wrestling champion Yonemitsu to retire

Japan’s Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu, who won a gold medal at the London Olympics in the men’s 66-kilogram freestyle wrestling, will retire from competition, he announced Thursday. “I live for wrestling,” Yonemitsu told a press conference. “I was nurtured in wrestling and I want to do ...

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 ...