More Sports Mar 4, 2016

World championships finalists to be seeded at Rio Games

The finalists from the world championships last September will be seeded at this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, United World Wrestling announced Thursday. The decision will boost women's 53-kg division World champion Saori Yoshida, aiming for her fourth straight Olympic gold, as well as Kaori ...

Nadeshiko stumble on first step to Rio

Soccer Feb 29, 2016

Nadeshiko stumble on first step to Rio

by Shintaro Kano

Japan's path to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics got off to a nightmarish start as the former world champions went down 3-1 at the hands of Australia in a women's Asian final qualifier on Monday. Australia exacted sweet revenge for its defeat to Japan at ...

Soccer Feb 26, 2016

Halilhodzic keeping close watch on U-23 youngsters

Japan manager Vahid Halilhodzic said he is watching the progress of the players from the Under-23 side closely as he returned from his two months scouting tour in Europe on Friday. The U-23s booked their place in this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics last month ...

Ogimi receives No. 10 shirt before final Olympic qualifiers

Soccer Feb 25, 2016

Ogimi receives No. 10 shirt before final Olympic qualifiers

Frankfurt striker Yuki Ogimi has inherited the No. 10 shirt from retired icon Homare Sawa as manager Norio Sasaki announced the Nadeshiko Japan team for the women's final Asian qualifiers for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Out of 20 members named on Thursday, 16 remain from ...

More Sports Feb 23, 2016

Diver Sakai books ticket to Rio

Sho Sakai secured an Olympic berth for the first time in his career when he finished among the top 16 in the men's 10-meter springboard at a World Cup meet on Monday. Sakai, 23, scored 379.25 points to place 16th in the semifinals at Maria ...

More Sports Feb 21, 2016

Takahashi walks away with Olympic berth

Eiki Takahashi won his second straight national 20-km race walking championship on Sunday to earn a spot in this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics. With world record holder Yusuke Suzuki unfit for competition due to injury, the 23-year-old Takahashi booked his first ticket to the ...

More Sports / Judo Feb 21, 2016

Ono moves closer to Rio judo berth

World champion Shohei Ono took a step toward a place at this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics by capturing the men's 73-kg title on Saturday at the Duesseldorf Grand Prix. Ono defeated top-ranked South Korean An Chang-rim in the semifinals before taking out world No. ...

More Sports Feb 20, 2016

Skeet shooter Ishihara qualifies for Rio Games

Naoko Ishihara was chosen as the first woman to represent Japan in skeet shooting at the Olympics by the Japan Clay Target Shooting Association on Saturday. The 41-year-old earned Japan a berth at the this summer's Rio de Janeiro Games by winning the Asian qualifying ...

More Sports Feb 7, 2016

Japan men's foil team misses Rio Games fencing berth

Japan's men's foil team missed out on a place in this summer's Olympics fencing tournament after China took the berth as the top-ranked team from Asia-Oceania after the World Cup on Sunday. World No. 6 Japan, which won the silver medal in the 2012 London ...