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 ...

Wrestler Tosaka sidelined by toe surgery

More Sports Jan 6, 2017

Wrestler Tosaka sidelined by toe surgery

Women's 48-kg Olympic freestyle wrestling gold medalist Eri Tosaka underwent endoscopic surgery on the base of her left big toe, Shigakkan University wrestling team coach Kazuhito Sakae said Friday. According to Sakae, the three-time reigning world champion, who won gold in Rio de Janeiro in ...

The top sports stories of 2016

Sports Dec 30, 2016

The top sports stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these sports stories as the most important of 2016. 1. Going for gold: Japanese athletes brought home 12 gold medals, and 41 overall, from the Rio Olympics. The victories included a historic triumph by wrestler Kaori Icho, who became the ...

More Sports / Judo Dec 24, 2016

Ono honored as Judoka of Year

Shohei Ono won the International Judo Federation's Judoka of the Year Award for men on Friday after capturing his first Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro, where he triumphed in the men's 73-kg category. Ono, 24, received 2,166 votes on the IJF Facebook page, ahead ...

Doubles partners Takahashi, Matsutomo reach final in Dubai

More Sports Dec 17, 2016

Doubles partners Takahashi, Matsutomo reach final in Dubai

Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo won a rematch of their Rio Olympic women's doubles final, beating Danes Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter on Saturday in the semifinals of the BWF Super Series Finals. Takahashi and Matsutomo, who were defeated by the Danes in September's Japan ...

Five-time Olympic diving champion Wu retires

Olympics / Summer Olympics Dec 15, 2016

Five-time Olympic diving champion Wu retires

Five-time Olympic gold medalist Wu Minxia, China's most successful female diver, announced her retirement on Thursday due to her "physical condition." "Now, though reluctantly, it's time to leave," the 31-year-old said on her official Weibo account. "The story of Chinese diving didn't start with me and ...

Refugee team unsure for Tokyo 2020

Olympics Dec 7, 2016

Refugee team unsure for Tokyo 2020

The newly formed refugee team competing at this year's Olympics was one of the highlights in Rio de Janeiro but it is not clear if it will compete at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Tuesday. The IOC unveiled its ...