Tag - wrestling



Nadezhda Sokolova competes against Elizaveta Smirnova in the 50kg women's final at the Russian Pre-Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Championship at the Live Arena venue outside Moscow on May 1.
Jun 4, 2024
Russian wrestlers set on competing in Paris Olympics
The Games have been racked by Ukraine-related controversy in the buildup to their July 26 start.
Sareee holds Konami by the limbs during a Sukeban event in Miami on Dec. 6. A unique form of Japanese wrestling that mixes fashion and theatrics has arrived in the United States.
Dec 14, 2023
Can Sukeban make Japan-style female wrestling fashionable with Americans?
In Japanese women’s wrestling, athletes perform theatrical, hard-hitting punches and clever defenses while telling a story with their moves and costumes.
Vagaries in Japanese law mean single mothers are sometimes left without financial support from their former partners.
Oct 23, 2023
Documentary shines a spotlight on Japan’s single mothers
"The Ones Left Behind" explores the successes and struggles of single mothers in modern Japan.
Akari Fujinami celebrates with her medal after winning the women's 53-kg freestyle wrestling final at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, on Thursday.
Oct 6, 2023
Akari Fujinami takes gold at Asian Games to extend win streak to 130
Two other Japanese women, Tsugumi Sakurai and Remina Yoshimoto, also picked up gold in hard-fought finals at Lin'an Sports Culture and Exhibition Centre.
Japan's Akari Fujinami (in red) wrestles with Belarus' Vanesa Kaladzinskaya in the women's 53-kg freestyle final during the World Wrestling Championships in Belgrade on Thursday.
Sep 22, 2023
Teenage wrestling prodigy Akari Fujinami wins second world title
The 19-year-old from Mie Prefecture will head to her first Olympic Games next summer in Paris as a strong favorite for gold.
Yui Susaki cruised to a 10-0 technical fall victory in the 50-kg final at the wrestling world championships in Belgrade on Wednesday.
Sep 21, 2023
Susaki, Sakurai and Kagami secure world wrestling golds
The trio had all punched their tickets for Paris a day earlier by winning their semifinals and securing podium finishes in the Serbian capital.
Rei Higuchi (left) wrestles with Serbia's Stevan Andrija Micic in the men's 57-kg freestyle wrestling final at the World Wrestling Championships in Belgrade on Monday.
Sep 19, 2023
Rei Higuchi gets silver at worlds in men's 57-kg freestyle
In the men's 74-kg division, Daichi Takatani booked his place in the Olympics by coming third.
Kazuki Paul Tsuyukusa with his dog Sunny in Fukuoka
Sep 9, 2023
Kazuki Paul Tsuyukusa: 'It’s better to live without being noticed everywhere.’
A former rikishi, Kazuki Paul Tsuyukusa has swapped his sumo stable for the life of a salaryman.
Japan Times
Jun 12, 2023
AEW to lean on partnership with New Japan Pro Wrestling in fight against WWE
The AEW and New Japan co-branding will be put to the test later this month at a joint production in Toronto known as Forbidden Door.
Japan Times
Apr 25, 2023
Top Indian wrestlers demand arrest of ex-federation chief
The Indian Olympic Association formed a panel to investigate allegations of sexual harassment and intimidation in January, but the athletes say there has been insufficient action since then.
Japan Times
Apr 14, 2023
Wrestler Akari Fujinami earns 119th straight win to match Saori Yoshida's mark
Fujinami's streak dates back to her junior high school days in September 2017 and includes her world championship victory in 2021.
Japan Times
Apr 4, 2023
Endeavor and WWE join forces to create live-combat tag team
Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel and WWE boss Vince McMahon are betting that traditional TV companies and video-streaming giants will continue to pay top dollar for the rights to show live events.
Japan Times
Mar 30, 2023
Japanese Rio Olympic gold medalist Sara Dosho announces retirement
Recalling her athletic career that she began at age 7, the 28-year-old Dosho wrote on Twitter she 'has dedicated everything to wrestling.'
Japan Times
Feb 26, 2023
Stigmatized coach of Olympic champions drops dictatorial ways
Under his reborn, communication-based ethos, wrestling coach Kazuhito Sakae has produced a list of hopefuls for next year's Paris Games.
Japan Times
Nov 9, 2022
WWE plans long-term push in Africa with tryouts and partnerships
The world's top pro wrestling promotion is joining other major North American sports leagues, such as the NBA and NFL, who have targeted the continent as a growth market.
Japan Times
Oct 23, 2022
Antonio Inoki: A career remembered in an open-hand slap
The late former wrestler was known for taking on the likes of Muhammad Ali with his own brand of combat, but his personality ensured he always had something to offer his fans.
Japan Times
Oct 2, 2022
A man larger than life: Remembering Antonio Inoki
Antonio Inoki, a pro wrestler, businessman and politician, was a transformative and inspirational figure for his nation. He will be missed.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 1, 2022
Japan wrestling legend and former lawmaker Antonio Inoki dies at 79
The famed professional wrestler was known for taking on world boxing champion Muhammad Ali in 1976 and making numerous trips to North Korea as a lawmaker.
Japan Times
Sep 16, 2022
Tsugumi Sakurai takes Japan's fifth gold at wrestling world championship
The 21-year-old Sakurai won an intense encounter in Belgrade after scoring a second-period takedown against American Helen Maroulis.
Japan Times
Sep 15, 2022
Yui Susaki and Miwa Morikawa clinch gold at world wrestling championships
Susaki cruised past Otgonjargal Dolgorjav of Mongolia with a first-period fall in the final in Belgrade as the 23-year-old ended the tournament without conceding a point.


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As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals