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 ...

Chiba residents open doors in warmup for 2020 crowds

National Jan 13, 2020

Chiba residents open doors in warmup for 2020 crowds

by Ayano Shimizu

With the 2020 Games just six months away, residents in Chiba, a city that will host several Olympic and Paralympic competitions, are preparing to open their doors to visitors under a program that encourages residents to host paying guests during popular events. Kenji Kaminaga, 82, ...

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 ...