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PH tracksters pursue Olympic dream despite coronavirus outbreak

Feb 24, 2020 - 6:18 PM

Filipino tracksters, including Tokyo qualifier EJ Obiena, have to tweak their plans following the postponement of several events due to the coronavirus outbreak

GETTING STRONGER. EJ Obiena will compete in the USA and Europe as he prepares for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Tokyo blasts 'not appropriate' London Olympic hosting offer

Feb 21, 2020 - 8:57 PM

Organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics take offense at suggestions to let London take over the hosting if the coronavirus epidemic worsens

HOST. Several events, including triathlon, will be held at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

Double Gilas Pilipinas duty not a problem for CJ Perez

Feb 20, 2020 - 5:40 PM

CJ Perez says he is always willing to give his all for the country as he competes for Gilas Pilipinas in the 5-on-5 and 3x3 events

RELIABLE. CJ Perez has become a Gilas Pilipinas mainstay, both for the 5-on-5 and 3x3 events. Photo from fiba.basketball

Isolated, training in masks: coronavirus hits China's Olympic hopes

Feb 20, 2020 - 2:19 PM

The coronavirus outbreak hits a critical stage in the Chinese athletes' Olympic buildup

QUARANTINED. China’s football star Wang Shuang hasn’t been allowed to leave her home city of Wuhan. Photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP

Gilas 3x3 quartet gets to work as Stojacic replaces Magsanoc

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:01 PM

PBA players CJ Perez and Mo Tautuaa team up for the first time with the country's top-ranked 3x3 players Joshua Munzon and Alvin Pasaol

PREPPING. Mo Tautuaa and CJ Perez suit up for several tune-up games as Gilas 3x3 prepares for the Olympic qualifiers. Photo release

'United by Emotion' – Tokyo 2020 unveils Games motto

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:35 PM

The Olympic opening ceremony will be on July 24 and organizers have stressed there is no discussion about changing the date despite the coronavirus crisis

MONTHS AWAY. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is just around the corner. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Munzon, Pasaol lead Perez, Tautuaa for Gilas 3x3 in Olympic qualifiers

Feb 18, 2020 - 3:26 PM

Top-ranked 3x3 players Joshua Munzon and Alvin Pasaol will be reinforced by SEA Games 3x3 gold medalists CJ Perez and Mo Tautuaa

TOUGH TASK. Gilas Pilipinas' 3x3 team composed of Alvin Pasaol, Joshua Munzon, Mo Tautuaa, CJ Perez will try to clinch a spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photos from Chook-to-Go (Pasaol and Munzon) and Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler (Tautuaa and Perez)

Tokyo 2020: Who’s Olympic taekwondo hopeful Pauline Lopez?

Feb 16, 2020 - 8:33 PM

Still at the top of her game, Pauline Lopez almost quit taekwondo recently but reconsidered after opting to 'reset and rewire'

DETERMINED. Philippine taekwondo standout Pauline Lopez hopes to clinch an Olympic berth this time. File photo

Tokyo holds Olympic torch rehearsal as specter of virus looms

Feb 15, 2020 - 10:49 PM

It's still all systems go for Tokyo even as fears over the coronavirus epidemic cast a dark shadow on Japan's Olympic hosting

OLYMPIC LIGHT. Torchbearers like actress Satomi Ishihara (right), one of the official ambassadors of the Tokyo 2020 torch relay, participate in a run-through in Tokyo on February 15, 2020. Photo by STR/JIJI PRESS/AFP

WHO says not advising on whether to hold Tokyo Olympics

Feb 15, 2020 - 12:22 PM

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, officials of the World Health Organization say it's not their decision to call off major events like the Olympics

BIG DAY. Picturesque Tokyo, here with its cherry blossoms, is set to host the Olympics in July. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA=EFE

Uzbekistan's 44-year-old gymnast heads for 'last' Olympics

Feb 14, 2020 - 4:33 PM

'If I'd stopped, I think I would have strongly regretted it,' says gymnast Oksana Chusovitina as she competes in her eighth Olympics

NO LETUP. The passion to compete continuse to burn for gymnast Oksana Chusovitina. Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFP

Hidilyn Diaz, Nesthy Petecio join POC Athletes' Commission

Feb 14, 2020 - 3:38 PM

The POC Athletes' Commission expands to 7 to meet the membership requirements

FOR THE ATHLETES. Hidilyn Diaz continues her role in representing national athletes to the International Olympic Committee. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Tokyo Olympics boss blasts 'irresponsible rumors' over virus shutdown

Feb 13, 2020 - 5:57 PM

Amid coronavirus concerns, Tokyo Olympics organizers say they're 'not considering postponing' the 2020 Games

This picture shows the Olympic Rings displayed at the Japan Sport Olympic Square beside the new National Stadium, still under construction, in Tokyo on July 23, 2019, nearly one year before the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

James, Durant, Curry in U.S. basketball Olympic pool

Feb 11, 2020 - 10:05 AM

NBA stars LeBron James, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant lead the US 44-man pool vying for spots in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics team

GOLDEN. LeBron James aims for this fourth Olympic gold with the USA basketball team. File photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Biles wows fans with video of daring vault ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Feb 08, 2020 - 3:42 PM

The epic vault is a hint that Simone Biles, the world's top gymnast, might have something new to display for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

TOP GYMNAST. Simone Biles is a favorite to rake in gold medals in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Photo by Daniel Kopatsch/EPA-EFE

Tokyo Olympic boss 'extremely worried' about deadly virus

Feb 06, 2020 - 1:31 PM

Organizers promise to implement 'thorough measures' to protect people from the coronavirus in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

GEARING UP. A vessel transports the Olympic rings monument that's set to be installed in Odaiba, Tokyo. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

Tokyo to 'strengthen testing' for coronavirus before Olympics

Feb 02, 2020 - 7:25 PM

Japan has warned citizens against non-essential travel to China, where the outbreak began

SUMMER GAMES. Tokyo is set for the hosting of the 2020 Olympics. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Boxing chair Pangilinan 'disappointed' in failed bid to host Olympic qualifiers

Jan 25, 2020 - 5:54 PM

Manny Pangilinan says he was disappointed the IOC Boxing Task Force rejected the Philippine offer to host the Olympic qualifiers

FAILED BID. Nesthy Petecio and other Filipino boxers are set to participate in the Olympic qualifiers that was moved to Jordan. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Jordan to host Olympic boxing qualifier instead of virus-hit China

Jan 25, 2020 - 1:29 PM

The event was originally planned to take place in Wuhan, China, but organizers had to cancel due to the coronavirus outbreak in the city

LOCKDOWN. Police officers and security guards stand outside the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market where the coronavirus was detected in Wuhan on January 24, 2020. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Sports wRap: It’s nearly time for UAAP volleyball

Jan 24, 2020 - 9:32 PM

Rappler Sports hosts Agatha Uvero and Naveen Ganglani give their take on the UAAP volleyball season, the PBA Finals, and the country’s bid in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

PH speed skater Julian Macaraeg eyes first Winter Olympics medal

Jan 24, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Teen speed skater Julian Macaraeg targets a bigger goal despite falling short of a podium finish in the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games

BIG DREAMS. Filipino Julian Macaraeg makes history as the country's first speed skater in the Winter Youth Olympic Games. Photo from Philippine Short Track Speed Skating team

Boxing Olympic qualifiers in Wuhan cancelled as PH offers hosting

Jan 23, 2020 - 5:14 PM

Wuhan, the center of the coronavirus outbreak, cancels several events including the 2020 Asia and Oceania Boxing Olympic qualifying tournament

PREPARATIONS. Eumir Marcial is one of the Pinoy pugs who are vying for a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PH targets 38 Olympians for Tokyo 2020

Jan 22, 2020 - 5:55 PM

Team Philippines hopes to send a delegation of close to 40 athletes to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as only Carlos Yulo and EJ Obiena have qualified

OLYMPIC RETURN. Hidilyn Diaz is on track to making a return to the quadrennial meet that will be held in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Olympic boxing qualifiers in China cancelled due to virus outbreak

Jan 22, 2020 - 3:24 PM

The International Olympic Committee says it will announce a replacement venue and schedule

Photo by Kyodo News

Fast response: How Tokyo Olympics will cope if earthquake strikes

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:19 AM

Earthquakes, typhoons, or terrorist attacks can strike anytime, and organizers want to be as prepared as possible

RESCUE DRILL. Members of the Japan Self-Defence Forces and a Tokyo Fire Department rescuer check on dummies of injured persons during a simulation disaster drill at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, a venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in Tokyo on December 19, 2019. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Olympic makeover: All aboard for new sports lighting up Tokyo 2020

Jan 21, 2020 - 5:23 PM

Check out the 5 new sports in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

OLYMPIC HOPEFUL. Filipino Margielyn Didal is on track in landing a spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo from Margielyn Didal's Instagram

'No holidays': Hidilyn Diaz on track for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Jan 19, 2020 - 11:26 PM

Hidilyn Diaz wants to boost her world ranking as the Philippine weightlifting star competes in the penultimate Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifier

MOMENTUM. Hidilyn Diaz rides on her golden performance in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Amid China pneumonia outbreak, PH boxers prepare for Olympic qualifiers

Jan 14, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The 2020 Asia & Oceania Boxing Olympic qualifying tournament in Wuhan, China is still scheduled to push through

OLYMPIC HOPEFUL. World women's boxing champion Nesthy Petecio vies for a maiden Olympic berth in the upcoming continental qualifiers. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Junna Tsukii bags Karate1 Series A bronze in Chile

Jan 12, 2020 - 11:56 PM

National karateka Junna Tsukii inches closer to claiming a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth

ON TRACK. Junna Tsukii (right) poses with her coach and father after winning the bronze in the Karate-1 Series A tournament in Santiago, Chile. Photo from Junna Tsukii

Iran's sole female Olympic medalist defects

Jan 12, 2020 - 11:30 AM

After news of Kimia Alizadeh's disappearance shocked Iran, the Olympian resurfaces saying she wants nothing more than 'taekwondo, security and a happy and healthy life'

NEW LIFE. Iran's Kimia Alizadeh still hopes to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but not under the Iranian flag. Photo by Kirill Kudryavstev/AFP

IOC chief Bach wants 'waterproof' CAS decision on Russian doping

Jan 11, 2020 - 9:25 PM

The Court of Arbitration for Sport must decide whether to confirm the four-year ban WADA imposed on Russia

DECISION.CAS has to make a clearcut decision over whether Russia is to be banned from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as well as the 2022 football World Cup. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA-EFE

Huelgas, Olympian Lacuna elected to 2nd POC Athletes' Commission

Jan 11, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Philippine national athletes elect a new set of officers for the POC Athletes' Commission that will serve from 2020-2024

NEW BLOOD. (from left to right) Nikko Huelgas, Jessie Lacuna, POC secretary-general Ed Gastanes, Cheska Altomonte and Jake Letts attend the POC Athlete's Commission elections. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

World Cup star Megan Rapinoe slams IOC 'no protest' policy

Jan 11, 2020 - 6:29 PM

'So much being done about the protests, so little being done about what we are protesting about,' says Rapinoe in her Instagram story

NO SILENCE. Megan Rapinoe blasts the IOC's 'no kneeling' policy in an Instagram story. Photo from US national women's football team Instagram

IOC says no kneeling, no raised fists at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Jan 10, 2020 - 4:22 PM

After a recent wave of athlete protesters, the Olympics prohibits gestures with political meaning on the podium or in the venues

This picture shows the Olympic Rings displayed at the Japan Sport Olympic Square beside the new National Stadium, still under construction, in Tokyo on July 23, 2019, nearly one year before the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

Sports wRap: Looking forward to 2020

Jan 10, 2020 - 1:20 PM

Rappler Sports host Naveen Ganglani and former editor Ryan Songalia take a look at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and other anticipated sporting events this year

Youth Olympics ceremony performer improving after horror fall – IOC

Jan 09, 2020 - 9:49 PM

The condition of a figure skater who fell from 16 feet during rehearsals of the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics opening ceremony has 'improved a little'

Photo by Fabrice/Coffrini/AFP

Magsanoc appointed Gilas 3x3 Olympic qualifier coach

Jan 09, 2020 - 8:41 PM

PBA legend Ronnie Magsanoc hopes to steer the Philippines to a historic run in the 3x3 basketball Olympic qualifier

AT THE HELM. Ronnie Magsanoc looks to whip the national 3x3 team in competitive form in two months. File photo

Pasaol, Munzon banner PH 3x3 Olympic qualifier pool

Jan 09, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Looking to make history, the Philippines aims for a spot in the inaugural staging of 3x3 basketball in the Olympics

HOPEFULS. The Philippine 3x3 pool members vie for a spot in the Olympic qualifier roster. Photo release

LOOK: Score these Goku, Sailor Moon Tokyo 2020 Olympics merch

Jan 09, 2020 - 4:57 PM

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics brings back the nostalgia of Japan's well-loved anime characters

NOSTALGIA. (left or right) Astro Boy, Sailor Moon, Crayon Shin-chan, Luffy from One Piece, Jibanyan, Naruto, Goku and Pretty Cure are the ambassadors of the Japan Olympic Committee. Photo from Olympic Channel

Youth Olympics ceremony performer's life 'in danger' after horror fall

Jan 09, 2020 - 10:56 AM

A female skater suffers severe injuries after falling to the ice from 16 feet during rehearsals of the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games opening ceremony

UNFORTUNATE. The International Olympic Committee says it's 'saddened' of the accident. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Tokyo 2020: 10 sports to watch in PH Olympic drive

Jan 03, 2020 - 3:32 PM

With the Olympics just around the bend, the Philippines turns to 10 sports in its bid for Tokyo 2020 berths

Russia challenges WADA doping ban

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:44 PM

Banned from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and other major global events, Russia argues that majority of its athletes are clean and should not be deprived of the right to compete

CHALLENGE. The World Anti-Doping Agency confirms that Russia has sent a legal challenge to its decision to ban the country from sporting events. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA-EFE

Mbappe adds Olympic appearance to packed 2020 wish list

Dec 26, 2019 - 9:16 PM

'I'd really like to do the Olympics at least once in my career,' says French football star Kylian Mbappe

LOADED. A busy 2020 awaits Kylian Mbappe. Photo by Yoan Valat.EPA-EFE

Russia plans to compete in Tokyo Olympics under national flag

Dec 24, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Russia has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency for 4 years from competing in major global events, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

DEFIANT. Russian Olympic Committee Stanislav Pozdnyakov says they will do "everything in our power" to put together a team for the Olympics. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Duterte commits P100M to PH's Tokyo 2020 Olympics budget

Dec 23, 2019 - 11:48 AM

'This will greatly help our national athletes who are both qualified and have potential Olympic entry,' says PSC chairman Butch Ramirez

BEST BET. Carlos Yulo is the country's best bet for an Olympics gold. Photo from Jat Tenorio/Red Ox Media Events

Bolt sprinkles stardust on Tokyo Olympic Stadium opening

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:47 PM

Usain Bolt jogs in an exhibition relay race alongside paralympic athletes in the first public event at the 60,000-seater stadium

HAPPILY RETIRED. Usain Bolt, though, has shot down thoughts of a comeback. Franck Robichon/EPA

PSC to support karateka Junna Tsukii's Olympic dream

Dec 18, 2019 - 3:33 PM

National karateka Junna Tsukii joins the list of Filipino Tokyo 2020 Olympics hopefuls

TOKYO 2020. Junna Tsukii gets serious on her road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo from IG/junnatsukiiv888

Tokyo unveils heat-busting stadium, 7 months before Olympics

Dec 15, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Japan looks all set for the 2020 Games as it unveils the main Olympic Stadium with special features to beat the feared heat

Tokyo celebrates the completion of the main Olympic stadium that features use of lumber and other Japanese architectural tradition. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

POC boosts incentives for SEA Games 2019 medalists

Dec 14, 2019 - 3:00 PM

An individual gold won by a Filipino athlete in the 2019 SEA Games is now worth P750,000

MOST BEMEDALLED. Carlos Yulo is the most bemedalled athlete of the Philippines in the 2019 SEA Games with 2 golds and 5 silvers. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Russia reacts with anger after doping ban from Olympics, World Cup

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:17 AM

(UPDATED) Russian athletes will still be allowed to compete at the Olympics next year and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, but only as neutrals and if they can prove that they were not part of a state-sponsored system of doping

A person walks out of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) headquarters in Moscow on December 9, 2019. Russia will miss next year's Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Games after the World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday banned the powerhouse from global sporting events for four years over manipulated doping data. Alexander NEMENOV / AFP