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Sakakibara siblings set course for Tokyo 2020

Olympics Jan 17, 2020

Sakakibara siblings set course for Tokyo 2020

by Anna Watanabe

When it came time for Sydney-based brother and sister BMX riders Kai and Saya Sakakibara to decide which country they would represent as athletes, the Olympic hopefuls were spoiled for choice. Born in Australia's Gold Coast to a Japanese mother and British father, and having ...

Olympic symbol installed at Odaiba Marine Park

Olympics Jan 17, 2020

Olympic symbol installed at Odaiba Marine Park

The Olympic symbol, consisting of five interlocking rings colored blue, yellow, black, green and red, was installed at Odaiba Marine Park on Friday, floating on the water on a concrete platform. The monument, built in Yokohama and brought by a salvage barge early Friday morning ...

Olympics Jan 16, 2020

Judge orders Rio Olympic venues shut on security grounds

A Brazilian court on Wednesday ordered that the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics facilities be closed to the public over safety concerns. The Rio Games — the first to be held in South America — were heavily criticized for their extreme costs, estimated around $12.5 ...

JOC chief Yasuhiro Yamashita becomes IOC member

Olympics Jan 11, 2020

JOC chief Yasuhiro Yamashita becomes IOC member

Japanese Olympic Committee President Yasuhiro Yamashita was elected a member of the International Olympic Committee at its general assembly on Friday. Yamashita, a 62-year-old former judoka and 1984 Los Angeles Games gold medalist, was voted in at the IOC Session. He becomes the second ...

Olympics Jan 10, 2020

Hydrogen to fuel 2020 Olympic flame

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics unveiled a plan to use hydrogen as the fuel for its Olympic flame cauldron at a meeting of the International Olympic Committee general session on Friday. It would be the first time the next-generation fuel has been used for ...

Athletes' village features accessibility, scenic views

Olympics Jan 9, 2020

Athletes' village features accessibility, scenic views

Details of the waterfront athletes' village for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games were revealed Thursday, with organizers emphasizing its accessibility and ease of use for para-athletes. Located near the center of scheduled events inside the capital, the 44-hectare village features three sides offering ...

Organizers unveil art posters for Tokyo Games

Olympics Jan 6, 2020

Organizers unveil art posters for Tokyo Games

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics on Monday unveiled the official art posters for the games, including designs by manga artists, painters, calligraphers and photographers from Japan and overseas The 20 posters — 12 based on the theme of the Olympics and eight ...

Russia confirms it will appeal four-year Olympic doping ban

Olympics Dec 27, 2019

Russia confirms it will appeal four-year Olympic doping ban

Russia has confirmed that it will appeal against its four-year Olympic ban for manipulating doping data. The Russian anti-doping agency, known as RUSADA, sent a formal letter Friday disagreeing with the sanctions imposed earlier this month by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The case is now ...