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 ...

Uchimura extends NHK Cup title streak to eight

More Sports / Gymnastics May 5, 2016

Uchimura extends NHK Cup title streak to eight

Reigning Olympic and world all-around gymnastics champion Kohei Uchimura won his eighth consecutive NHK Cup on Thursday. As usual, Uchimura was in a league of his own, totaling 184.650 points to finish comfortably ahead of Ryohei Kato (180.100), who beat Yusuke Tanaka by just 0.100 ...

More Sports May 5, 2016

Japan sending nine badminton players to Rio Olympics

Women's doubles pair Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo have been named among the nine members for this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Thursday by the Nippon Badminton Association. The pair, who won the All-England Championships in March, was ranked No. 1 in the latest ...

More Sports May 5, 2016

Fukuhara, Ishikawa secure Olympic spots

Ai Fukuhara and Kasumi Ishikawa both qualified for the women's singles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics based on the latest rankings released by the International Table Tennis Federation on Thursday. Jun Mizutani and Koki Niwa also secured their berths in the men's singles as ...

Basketball / NBA Mar 31, 2016

Clippers' Paul to skip Rio Games

Chris Paul is passing up a shot at Olympic history to take a much-needed summer off. The Los Angeles Clippers star said it was a difficult decision to pull his name from consideration for this summer's Olympics in Rio, but after spending a decade playing ...

Soccer Mar 26, 2016

Japan U-23 team beats Mexico

Japan's under-23 national squad held on to an early lead and beat London Olympic champion Mexico 2-1 in a friendly on Friday. FC Tokyo midfielder Shoya Nakajima scored two minutes into the match and Salzburg striker Takumi Minamino made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute ...

More Sports Mar 25, 2016

Wrestler Watari chosen for Rio Games

The Japan Wrestling Federation on Friday selected Rio Watari to compete in the women's 75-kg division at this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Watari had been the leading candidate for selection after winning at an Asian Olympic qualifier in Kazakhstan earlier this month. "Winning the gold ...

Wrestlers Takatani, Higuchi, Ota qualify for Rio Games

More Sports Mar 18, 2016

Wrestlers Takatani, Higuchi, Ota qualify for Rio Games

Sosuke Takatani, Rei Higuchi and Shinobu Ota all secured berths for this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics in men's wrestling after advancing to the finals in the Asian qualifying tournament on Friday. Takatani, second at the world championships in 2014, suffered right-knee ligament damage in ...

Basketball Mar 12, 2016

Japan women get Olympic placement

Two-time reigning Asian champion Japan women's basketball team was on Friday drawn into a 2016 Rio Olympic tournament group with world No. 2 team Australia and host Brazil. Japan, which qualified for the Olympic tournament by beating China in the final of the FIBA Asia ...