Victor Mather
For Victor Mather's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Rules changes will limit the weighing of gymnasts in Britain.
Nov 30, 2023
Britain restricts weighing of gymnasts in wake of abuse
Gymnasts who are 11 and older in Britain may now be weighed only with their permission and with the permission of a parent if they are under 18.
Venezuela's Leonel Martinez poses on the podium with his silver medal after the men's trap final shooting event at the Pan American Games in Santiago on Oct. 27.
OLYMPICS / Shooting
Nov 4, 2023
After a 40-year wait, a trap shooter returns to the Olympics
Leonel Martínez, now 60, qualified by finishing second in men’s trap shooting at the Pan American Games in Santiago.
Japan Times
Mar 24, 2023
Ali Krieger is calling it a career. She wants wins on her way out.
Krieger wants to turn around her club team, Gotham FC of the National Women’s Soccer League, after a season she would prefer to forget.
Japan Times
Dec 24, 2022
Alex Ovechkin has 802 goals. Wayne Gretzky is next in his sights.
Alex Ovechkin on Friday surpassed Gordie Howe for second place on the NHLu2019s career goal-scoring list. With 802 goals, he now trails only the Great One.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Apr 23, 2022
Are there limits to pitching perfection? Roki Sasaki will find out.
After 17 perfect innings, the baseball world is eagerly anticipating the next start by the Marines' phenom.
Japan Times
Dec 5, 2021
All women and all alone: Monobob leads new events for 2022 Olympics
With more affordable equipment and the need for only a single driver, monobob could offer countries other than the traditional sledding superpowers a chance to capture Olympic gold.
Japan Times
Oct 12, 2021
2021-22 NHL Season: What’s new and what’s returning to normal
After two chaotic years u2014 and two titles for the Tampa Bay Lightning u2014 the league will be hoping to crown a champion next spring without unwelcome pandemic-related drama.
Japan Times
Aug 8, 2021
What to watch at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Games
There will be music and speeches, and a handoff to Paris for the 2024 Games.
Japan Times
Jul 28, 2021
The most dominant team at the Games might be better than ever
The U.S. womenu2019s water polo team won Olympic championships in London and Rio. A one-year delay of the Tokyo Games merely gave it more time to improve.
Japan Times
Jul 23, 2021
You read it here first (maybe): Who will light the Olympic cauldron
Some surprising names have been mentioned as leading candidates to perform one of the highest honors in sport.
Japan Times
Jun 30, 2021
Is there such a thing as too much Shohei Ohtani?
The Angels' two-way star has leapt into this year's MVP conversation, but in order to prove himself a winner he will have to balance his workload on the mound and in the batter's box.


Tokyo Healthcare University professor Takayuki Mifune explains how he is trying to re-create bonito broth from 1,300 years ago.
The quest to re-create what the Japanese ate 1,300 years ago