OLYMPICS

Flag-bearers Tahani Alqahtani and Husein Alireza of Saudi Arabia lead their contingent during the athletes parade at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021.
OLYMPICS
May 21, 2024
Ambitious Saudis look to homegrown talent for future Olympic success
Saudi Arabia will need more than the 33 athletes it sent to the Tokyo Olympics if it wants to host the Summer Games.
The Eiffel Tower Stadium, under construction for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the Champ-de-Mars Arena in Paris on April 13
OLYMPICS
May 21, 2024
No reason to sanction Israel at Games, says Paralympics head
Andrew Parsons says the situations regarding Israel, Russia and Belarus are different.
Kazuma Kaya reacts after his routine on the parallel bars during the men's apparatus finals at the 2023 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp on Oct. 8.
OLYMPICS / Gymnastics
May 21, 2024
Team Japan in Paris will be strongest, says gymnastics medalist Kaya
To date, Japan has a haul of seven Olympic gold medals in the team discipline, the most of any country.
Kimia Alizadeh (left) fled Iran in 2020 and will compete for Bulgaria at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
OLYMPICS
May 17, 2024
Kimia Alizadeh targets Olympic gold with Bulgaria after fleeing Iran
Alizadeh left her country in 2020 and competed for the Refugee Olympic Team at the Tokyo Olympics.
Zhang Yufei was among the 23 Chinese swimmer who tested positive for a banned substance months before the Tokyo Olympics.
OLYMPICS
May 16, 2024
World Anti-Doping Agency combating trust issues ahead of Paris Olympics
WADA is facing a allegations it helped cover up the positive tests of elite Chinese swimmers before the Tokyo Olympics.
Judo champions and siblings Hifumi Abe and Uta Abe show off their gold medals at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo in July 2021, during the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
OLYMPICS / Judo
May 15, 2024
Brother-and-sister act eye more Olympic judo golds
The siblings both won individual golds within an hour of each other at the pandemic-postponed Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
The Olympic flame sits on board the Belem as the boat sails near the coast of Marseille, France, on Wednesday.
OLYMPICS
May 9, 2024
Olympic flame arrives on French soil for 2024 Paris Games
"It marks the end of preparations, the Games arrive in the life of the French people," French President Emmanuel Macron said.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan