OLYMPICS

Shoko Miyata had been set to lead the Japanese women's gymnastics team at the Paris Games.
OLYMPICS / Gymnastics
Jul 19, 2024
Japanese gymnast Shoko Miyata leaves Olympic team over drinking and smoking
The decision to have Miyata leave the team appeared to strike some observers as being overly harsh.
Misaki Nobata competes at the World University Games in 2023. A hero in her hometown of Oita, Nobata is one of three Japanese shooters who will compete at the upcoming Paris Olympics.
OLYMPICS / Shooting
Jul 19, 2024
‘Sniper from Oita’ sets her sights on Paris Olympics target
In a country with strict anti-gun laws, 20-year-old university student and rifle shooter Misaki Nobata is not your typical Olympian.
U.S. gymnast Simone Biles competes in the uneven bars during the U.S. Olympic trials in Minneapolis on June 30.
OLYMPICS
Jul 18, 2024
Paris Olympics marketing blitz powered by female athletes
While the Olympics has long been considered the pinnacle of women’s sports, increased attention has prompted more brands to feature female athletes.
France's Sarah Leonie Cysique battles Uzbekistan's Shukurjon Aminova at the Paris Grand Slam at Accor Arena on Feb. 2.
OLYMPICS / Judo
Jul 18, 2024
How France embraced judo and became a martial arts powerhouse
The country has embraced the Japanese martial art to the point where it may be more popular in France than in Japan.
Ukrainians walk past the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee to protest the organization's plan to have Russian athletes compete in Paris under a neutral flag.
OLYMPICS
Jul 18, 2024
Russian athletes headed to Paris break IOC’s rules, NGO says
A total of 33 out of 59 athletes were in violation of the IOC’s guidelines on participation, a report from The Hague-based Global Rights Compliance concluded.
Japan's Hikaru Kitagawa dribbles past a defender during an Olympic qualifying match against North Korea at National Stadium in Tokyo in February.
OLYMPICS / Football
Jul 17, 2024
After Tokyo Olympic disappointment, Nadeshiko Japan look for redemption
For many, a disappointing effort on home soil in 2021 was a marker of just how far Japan's women's soccer team had fallen. Now the squad has its sights set on redemption.
The former chief of the World Anti-Doping Agency, Dick Pound, speaks during a news conference in Munich in 2016.
OLYMPICS
Jul 17, 2024
U.S. doping probe puts Olympic hosting at risk, former WADA chief says
Any country wanting to stage an international sporting event must be compliant with the anti-doping code and a U.S. probe may violate those rules, Dick Pound said.

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