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 ...

More Sports Feb 7, 2018

Saori Yoshida still mulling competitive future

Three-time Olympic wrestling champion Saori Yoshida said Wednesday she has not yet decided whether she will continue to compete and wants to weigh her options carefully. The 35-year-old has not competed since the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where she fell short of a fourth-straight ...

Abe aims high at world championships

More Sports / Judo Aug 24, 2017

Abe aims high at world championships

Hifumi Abe said Thursday he hopes to take a first step toward a coveted Olympic gold as he looks to shake off not being selected for the Rio Olympics by becoming the 66-kg world judo champion. Speaking to reporters at Narita airport before heading to ...

Ikee seeking medal, win over rival

More Sports / Swimming May 10, 2017

Ikee seeking medal, win over rival

Having become the first woman to win five titles at the national championships at the tender age of 16, Rikako Ikee has her sights set on more hardware and another 16-year-old at the world championships in Budapest in July. Ikee, who competed in seven events ...

More Sports / Swimming Mar 11, 2017

Hagino makes winning return

Kosuke Hagino marked his return to competition following elbow surgery with a pair of victories Friday at the Madrid Open. The Rio Olympic 400-meter individual medley gold medalist, who underwent surgery on his right elbow in September, won the 400 IM in 4 minutes, 15.23 ...

IOC to probe payments on voting for Rio Games

Olympics Mar 4, 2017

IOC to probe payments on voting for Rio Games

Organizers of the 2016 Rio Olympics denied on Friday that vote buying helped to secure the games after a French newspaper reported that a Brazilian businessman made payments to the son of an International Olympic Committee member before the vote. Le Monde said a company ...