Tag - 2020-tokyo-olympics



Paris is preparing to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which start on Friday. These Summer Games will likely be very different from the previous ones, held in Tokyo in 2021, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jul 22, 2024
In defense of Tokyo 2020, the loneliest Olympics
As Paris gets ready to host the Olympics, a reflection on the previous Games, held in Tokyo three years ago, prompts doubts about predictions of a COVID-induced disaster.
Mai Yamamoto drives to the basket during an Olympic tune-up game against New Zealand in Tokyo on July 4.
OLYMPICS / Basketball
Jul 22, 2024
Akatsuki Japan believes it can 'surprise the world' in Paris
Women's basketball team will be looking to replicate its inspiring Olympic run in Tokyo and make waves in Paris.
The former chief of the World Anti-Doping Agency, Dick Pound, speaks during a news conference in Munich in 2016.
Jul 17, 2024
U.S. doping probe puts Olympic hosting at risk, former WADA chief says
Any country wanting to stage an international sporting event must be compliant with the anti-doping code and a U.S. probe may violate those rules, Dick Pound said.
Mai Tarumi, who previously volunteered at the postponed Tokyo Olympics in 2021, has a travel budget of ¥1 million for her trip to volunteer at the Paris Games.
Jul 14, 2024
She’s paying ¥1 million to help behind the scenes at the Paris Olympics
While news sites have suggested that being a volunteer is a way to attend the Games for “free,” that doesn’t apply to international volunteers like Mai Tarumi.
The Tokyo District Court has ordered advertising agency Hakuhodo to pay ¥200 million in fines for violating the antimonopoly law in a bid-rigging case linked to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 11, 2024
Hakuhodo ordered to pay ¥200 million over Tokyo Games bid-rigging
The firm is the first to receive a court ruling over a high-profile series of cases linked to the Olympics and Paralympics.
Olympic rings are displayed on Charles de Gaulle Airport near Paris ahead of the city hosting the 2024 Olympic Games. One way of reducing the carbon emissions of mega sporting events is to limit the attendance of spectators traveling by air.
Jul 10, 2024
Only locals should be allowed to attend the Olympics
The single best way of reducing the carbon emissions of an Olympics? Limiting ticket sales to locals. Evidence from the Tokyo Games shows how far-reaching the impact is.
Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands celebrates as she wins gold in the women's 10,000 meters at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
Jul 7, 2024
Sifan Hassan: From 'shy' refugee to Olympic champion
At the delayed Tokyo Olympics in 2021, Hassan became the first athlete ever to win medals in the 1,500, 5,000, and 10,000.
Tsuguhiko Kadokawa (center) and his lawyers head to the Tokyo District Court on Thursday to file the lawsuit against the state.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 27, 2024
Ex-Kadokawa chairman files lawsuit over 'hostage justice' system
Tsuguhiko Kadokawa, 80, is seeking ¥220 million in damages in the civil lawsuit after he was detained for 226 days before being released in April 2023.
Daiki Hashimoto takes part in a training session in Tokyo on June 21.
OLYMPICS / Gymnastics
Jun 27, 2024
Japan men's gymnastics team sets sights on China for team gold
Three years ago, the Russians beat Japan by 0.103 points — a sliver of a number that etched itself into the minds of Japan's gymnasts.
Japan's men's and women's gymnastics teams pose for photos during a news conference to announce the team's uniforms for the 2024 Games.
OLYMPICS / Gymnastics
Jun 24, 2024
Leotard vs. unitard debate in gymnastics still raging ahead of Paris Olympics
The German gymnastics team took a stand against sexualization in the sport in 2021, but heading into Paris, the leotard is still very much in vogue in Japan and abroad.
The River Seine near the Eiffel Tower in Paris as a heat wave hits France in August 2022.
Jun 19, 2024
New report warns of heat danger at Paris Olympics
The report said conditions in Paris could be worse than the last Games in Tokyo in 2021.
Wang Shun of China races to gold in the final of the men's 200-meter individual medley at the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021.
OLYMPICS / Swimming
Jun 15, 2024
Doping regulator knew of previous positive tests by Chinese swimmers
Three Chinese swimmers who failed drug tests before the 2021 Olympics had tested positive for a powerful steroid several years earlier.
The National Stadium was used as the main venue for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics held in 2021.
Jun 3, 2024
NTT Docomo-led group may operate Japan's National Stadium
The consortium also includes the J. League, general contractor Maeda and SMFL Mirai Partners.
Kanoa Igarashi, who earned a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, is excited to get another shot at gold at this year’s Summer Games.
May 31, 2024
Kanoa Igarashi ready to challenge Teahupo'o in search of gold at Paris Olympics
Igarashi earned the silver medal in the inaugural Olympic surfing competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
A visitor to the Japan Olympic Museum walks past a display of the Olympic Rings on a wet day in central Tokyo on May 1.
May 26, 2024
Japan wrestles with legacy of graft-stained Games in Paris warning
Cost overruns, corruption and COVID-19 all tarnished the Japanese public's memory of the Tokyo Olympics.
Zhang Yufei was among the 23 Chinese swimmer who tested positive for a banned substance months before the Tokyo Olympics.
May 16, 2024
World Anti-Doping Agency combating trust issues ahead of Paris Olympics
WADA is facing a allegations it helped cover up the positive tests of elite Chinese swimmers before the Tokyo Olympics.
Jakob Ingebrigtsen runs during a Diamond League meet in Brussels on Sept. 8, 2023.
May 3, 2024
Jakob Ingebrigtsen expects Paris to be 'walk in the park' compared to Tokyo
Jakob Ingebrigtsen believes his 1,500-meter Olympic title defense will be a breeze as long as he avoids illness and injury on the road to Paris.
A World Anti-Doping Agency logo is seen at the WADA Symposium in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 12, 2024.
May 2, 2024
USADA slams WADA for making 'half-truths' in China doping case
WADA has been under fire since last month, when the New York Times reported 23 Chinese swimmers tested positive for trimetazidine before the Tokyo Games.
Gold medalists Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar on the podium following the men's high jump competition, at National Stadium in Tokyo in 2021.
Apr 26, 2024
Iconic shared Olympic gold moment will not be repeated, Qatari jumper says
In 2021, Barshim embraced his old friend Tamberi at the end of the men's high jump as the judges confirmed the double gold for the Qatari and the Italian.
Twenty-three Chinese swimmers tested positive for a banned substance before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Apr 26, 2024
WADA asks 'independent prosecutor' to examine its handling of China case
The United States Anti-Doping Agency branded WADA's announcement of an independent investigation "self-serving."


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals