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WADA reinstates Russia despite wave of protests

The World Anti-Doping Agency reinstated Russia on Thursday despite a wave of protests, ending the nearly three-year suspension of the country's drug-testing program because of a state-sponsored doping scheme. WADA's decision after a vote of its 12-member executive committee was called "the greatest treachery against clean athletes in Olympic history" by ...

Legendary Hungarian fencer Gyozo Kulcsar dies at 77

Sep 20, 2018

Legendary Hungarian fencer Gyozo Kulcsar dies at 77

Hungarian fencer Gyozo Kulcsar, who captured gold medals in the epee discipline at three Olympic Games, including the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, has died at age 77, the Hungarian Olympic Committee said on Thursday. Known in Hungary as the "Paganini of the epee" in homage to ...

Sep 19, 2018

North, South Korea to bid for 2032 Summer Games

North and South Korea will bid jointly for the 2032 Olympics, they announced Wednesday, in an ambitious plan built on hopes of deepening a diplomatic thaw catalyzed by this year's Winter Games in the South. The idea, which would require an unprecedented level of cooperation ...

Sapporo withdraws from 2026 Winter Olympics bid

Sep 18, 2018

Sapporo withdraws from 2026 Winter Olympics bid

Sapporo told the International Olympic Committee on Monday that it will give up its bid for the Winter Olympics in 2026. The capital of Hokkaido, which hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics, decided to give up the 2026 bid following the magnitude 6.7 earthquake on Sept. ...

Mori touts transformative power of sports

Aug 20, 2018

Mori touts transformative power of sports

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

Yoshiro Mori, a former prime minister and the current president of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, believes sports has the power to connect people's hearts and encourage them to overcome obstacles. That belief motivated Mori to make a major contribution ...

Aug 10, 2018

2020 cycling courses set

Local organizers announced the road cycling courses for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Thursday and declared them "extremely difficult." The 244-km route for the men's race starts in suburban western Tokyo and winds its way through Kanagawa and Yamanashi prefectures before finishing at Fuji Speedway ...

Jul 21, 2018

Watanabe tapped to be IOC member

Japan's Morinari Watanabe is in line to become one of nine new International Olympic Committee members, the IOC announced Friday at the conclusion of its Executive Board session. Watanabe is the first Asian to serve as president of the International Gymnastics Federation. The final decision ...