Kenichiro Fumita clinches Greco-Roman 60-kg gold, Olympic berth

More Sports Sep 19, 2019

Kenichiro Fumita clinches Greco-Roman 60-kg gold, Olympic berth

Kenichiro Fumita defeated Russia's Sergey Emelin to claim the men's Greco-Roman 60-kg gold medal Tuesday at the world championships in Kazakhstan, which double as a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 23-year-old Fumita clinched a 10-5 victory over Emelin, 24, who had won all ...

Olympic Channel heavily invested in success of 2020 Tokyo Games

Olympics Sep 17, 2019

Olympic Channel heavily invested in success of 2020 Tokyo Games

The Olympic Channel, a sport-focused streaming television service operated by the International Olympic Committee, is hoping that fans tune into the free platform when it covers its first Summer Games in Tokyo next year. Launched at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio Games, the ...

Okamoto keeps Olympic thoughts on back burner

More Sports Sep 16, 2019

Okamoto keeps Olympic thoughts on back burner

Teenager Misugu Okamoto is refusing to entertain thoughts of Tokyo Olympic gold despite becoming skateboarding's youngest world champion over the weekend. The 13-year-old captured the skateboarding park world title in Sao Paulo on Saturday, beating out countrywoman Sakura Yosozumi with Britain's Sky Brown placing third ...

Judo champion who defied Iran's rules now in hiding

More Sports / Judo Sep 16, 2019

Judo champion who defied Iran's rules now in hiding

Saeid Mollaei has been in hiding since he left the Iranian judo team last month, saying he had been ordered to withdraw from the world championships on political grounds. Now he's training for next year's Olympics without a guarantee he can compete. Mollaei was the defending ...

South Korea asks IOC to ban 'rising sun' flag at Tokyo Olympics

Olympics Sep 11, 2019

South Korea asks IOC to ban 'rising sun' flag at Tokyo Olympics

South Korea has formally asked the International Olympic Committee to ban the Japanese "rising sun" flag at next year's Tokyo Games, calling it a symbol of Japan's brutal wartime past and comparing it with the Nazi swastika. South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism ...

Iranian judoka in limbo over dispute

More Sports / Judo Sep 3, 2019

Iranian judoka in limbo over dispute

A judo world champion from Iran is afraid to return home after disobeying orders from the government to withdraw from the world championships in Tokyo to avoid a potential bout against an Israeli opponent. The International Judo Federation said late Sunday that Saeid Mollaei was ...