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 ...

Saori Yoshida retires with head held high

More Sports Jan 10, 2019

Saori Yoshida retires with head held high

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Wrestling legend Saori Yoshida is recognized as a remarkable winner for what she accomplished on the mat. Even though she claimed a silver medal at her final marquee competition, the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, that won't change. After all, she followed her father's words ...

Hand in hand, two Koreas may seek to end UNESCO wrestling

Asia Pacific Nov 25, 2018

Hand in hand, two Koreas may seek to end UNESCO wrestling

North and South Korea have long grappled over their joint symbols at the United Nations culture organization UNESCO, but they could share the honors this week when twin applications for traditional Korean wrestling come up for consideration. The two Koreas are still technically at war ...

More Sports Feb 7, 2018

Saori Yoshida still mulling competitive future

Three-time Olympic wrestling champion Saori Yoshida said Wednesday she has not yet decided whether she will continue to compete and wants to weigh her options carefully. The 35-year-old has not competed since the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where she fell short of a fourth-straight ...

More Sports Dec 15, 2017

College wrestling champ Taishi Narikuni handed two-year doping ban

National collegiate champion Taishi Narikuni has been handed a two-year ban by the Japan Anti-Doping Agency for failing a drug test, it was announced on Thursday. According to a source familiar with the matter, the 20-year-old wrestler from Aoyama Gakuin University underwent a test after ...

Icho relishes coaching opportunity in Iran

More Sports Sep 12, 2017

Icho relishes coaching opportunity in Iran

Four-time Olympic wrestling gold medalist Kaori Icho has coached about 70 women on a short-term assignment to Iran to develop wrestling instructors. On Monday, Icho talked about the difficulty and excitement of coaching in a country where women's wrestling does not receive the same level ...