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Wrestling Feb 26, 2013

Japan launches petition to save Olympic wrestling

The Japan Wrestling Federation launched an online petition site to keep wrestling in the Olympics on Monday with the aim of submitting 100,000 signatures to the International Olympic Committee. The website, titled "Save Olympic Wrestling," can be accessed in several languages. The federation plans to ...

Olympics Feb 16, 2013

JOC taking steps to address crises

by Kaz Nagatsuka

After a series of scandals that have rocked the sports world in recent weeks, the Japanese Olympic Committee is working to improve how it handles its societal duties. At the same time, the JOC recognizes the urgency to work to restore public faith in ...

Japan wrestling head not ready to give up fight

Wrestling Feb 14, 2013

Japan wrestling head not ready to give up fight

Japan Wrestling Federation President Tomiaki Fukuda on Wednesday called into question the International Olympic Committee's decision to drop wrestling from the 2020 Games, saying the sport's governing body has failed to give "clear reasons" for why wrestling is being removed. Fukuda said the fight to ...

More Sports Feb 3, 2013

Olympic boxing gold medalist Murata mulls turning pro

Middleweight Ryota Murata, who became Japan's first Olympic boxing champion in 48 years last summer at the London Games, revealed Saturday he is thinking of turning pro. "It's true that I have been thinking about that world," the 27-year-old told reporters. "But the truth is ...