Tag - swimming



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.
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."
WADA President Witold Banka attends the World Anti-Doping Agency Symposium in Lausanne, Switzerland on March 12.
Apr 25, 2024
Britain and Australia call for WADA review amid China scandal
WADA has been under fire since confirming media reports that 23 Chinese swimmers tested positive for the banned substance trimetazidine.
China's Olympic gold-medal winning 4 x 200 meter freestyle relay team celebrates on the podium at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 29, 2021.  Zhang Yufei (third from left) is among 23 top Chinese swimmers who tested positive for a banned substance in the lead up to the Games.
Apr 20, 2024
Top Chinese swimmers tested positive for banned drug, then won Olympic gold
The episode sharply divided the anti-doping world, where China’s record has long been a flashpoint.
Daiya Seto in action during the men's 400m medley final at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha on Feb. 18.
OLYMPICS / Swimming
Apr 2, 2024
Japanese swimming veteran ready to make waves at Paris Olympics
Daiya Seto wants to be a voice for meaningful change in the domestic sport.
Joseph Schooling of Singapore celebrates after winning the men's 100m Butterfly final at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016.
Apr 2, 2024
Singapore's only Olympic champion Schooling retires
The swimmer was mired in controversy in 2022 after confessing to taking cannabis overseas.
Japanese swimmers Yui Ohashi (right) and Shiho Matsumoto celebrate after qualifying for the Paris Olympics in the women's 200-meter individual medley at the selection trials at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Sunday.
OLYMPICS / Swimming
Mar 25, 2024
Olympic swimming champion Ohashi qualifies for Paris in 200 IM
Ohashi won the 200 IM in 2 minutes, 9.17 seconds, well inside the qualifying time of 2:10.70.
Swimmers Rikako Ikee (left) and Mizuki Hirai celebrate after earning spots at the Paris Olympics in the women's 100-meter butterfly at the qualifying trials at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Monday.
OLYMPICS / Swimming
Mar 19, 2024
Hirai and Ikee qualify for Olympics in 100-meter butterfly
Rikako Ikee, who will be 24 years old in early July, is set for her third Olympic appearance.
Daiya Seto swims butterfly in the men's 400-meter individual medley final at the world aquatics championships in Doha on Sunday.
MORE SPORTS / Swimming
Feb 20, 2024
Seto gets medley bronze; Japan ends with two medals at worlds
Japan finished with just two medals from the swimming program contested by only 12 of its athletes in Doha.
Australia's Mack Horton celebrates after winning gold in the men's 400 freestyle final at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, on April 5, 2018.
MORE SPORTS / Swimming
Jan 22, 2024
Australian swimming star Mack Horton retires ahead of Olympics
Horton, a fierce anti-doping campaigner, called time on his career on Sunday just months ahead of the Paris Olympics.
Canada's Summer McIntosh and Katie Ledecky of the U.S. celebrate medal wins with Leah Smith of the U.S. at the FINA World Championships in Budapest in June 2022.
MORE SPORTS / Swimming
Dec 1, 2023
McIntosh topples Ledecky in U.S. Open 400m free
Summer McIntosh, a four-time world champion, handed Katie Ledecky her first defeat in the event in a U.S. pool in 11 years.
Ukrainian Olympic artistic swimmers Vladyslava (left) and Maryna Aleksiiva on April 6. The sisters are training ahead of the Paris Games in the city of Kharkiv, despite regular bouts of shelling there.
Nov 6, 2023
Ukrainian artistic swimmers train for Paris Olympics near front
After Russia invaded, the team moved to Italy and then Kyiv, before returning to Ukraine's second largest city.
Artistic swimmer Yukiko Inui celebrates on the podium after winning the women's solo free final at the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka on July 19.
MORE SPORTS / Swimming
Oct 20, 2023
Olympic medalist Yukiko Inui to retire
Inui earned bronze in both the team and duet events at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
A type of adenovirus that causes pool fever
Sep 27, 2023
'Pool fever' cases reach highest level in a decade in Japan
Local governments are calling for infection prevention measures such as washing hands and gargling.
Kurara Okuno first encountered mermaiding in 2020, not long before she jumped into the deep end of the aquatic subculture.
LIFE / Lifestyle
Aug 19, 2023
Move over Ariel: Meet Japan’s professional merpeople
While mermaiding is still a niche activity in Japan, it is possible to slip on a tail and dive in.
The community pool is a great place for exercise and meeting your neighbors.
Jul 31, 2023
Figuring out the rules at a Japanese community pool can be an ongoing education
If you’re headed for the community pool, be prepared: Japanese pool rules are an ongoing education.
France's Leon Marchand poses with his gold medal after winning the men's 200-meter individual medley during the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka on Thursday.
MORE SPORTS / Swimming
Jul 30, 2023
Bob Bowman says Leon Marchand can handle Paris Games pressure
With three gold medals and a world record, the French sensation has been one of the competition's stars at this week's world championships in Fukuoka.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS / Swimming
Jul 20, 2023
Yukiko Inui repeats two-gold performance at this year's world championships
Host Japan has won four artistic swimming golds so far in Fukuoka.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS / Swimming
Jul 18, 2023
Japan claims acrobatic routine bronze at worlds
Japan was 17.4166 points behind winner China and picked up its fourth artistic swimming medal of this meet, following three gold medals.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS / Swimming
Jul 15, 2023
Men make team artistic swimming debut at world championships in Fukuoka
In the preliminary round of the acrobatic routine, Yotaro Sato and seven women competed for host Japan at Marine Messe Fukuoka, as they placed fourth to qualify for Monday's final.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan