While the first days of competition have brought some cheer for Japan, the loss of Osaka dealt a sharp emotional blow and generated discussion over the state of her game.
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"I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer,” Osaka wrote on Instagram.
Ultrarunning has never experienced a day like May 22, when 21 runners died as a storm descended on a high mountain pass during a 62-mile race in northwestern China. Tragedy is hardly a foreign concept in ultrarunning, races longer than the standard marathon distance of ...
Officials both in Tokyo and with the International Olympic Committee have begun to acknowledge that holding a safe games might not be possible.
During the past decade, as tennis has become ever more physical, just two men under 6 feet have even made a Grand Slam final.