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IN PHOTOS: Tokyo 2020 revives 1964 Olympic vibe

Sep 16, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Some venues used in the Tokyo 1964 Olympics will be part of history once more in the 2020 edition of the world's biggest sports event

SUSPENSION ROOF. The Yoyogi National Gymnasium is famous for its suspension roof design by Kenzo Tange. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

New target: Beef up athletics, aquatics for 2019 SEA Games

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:00 PM

After the centerpiece sports failed to produce a medal again in the Asian Games, POC president Ricky Vargas says it shouldn't be the case in next year's SEA Games

2019 COMEBACK. (from left to right) Filipino athletes swimmer Roxanne Yu, hurdler Eric Cray, long jumper Marestella Torres-Sunang and pole vaulter EJ Obiena will better their Asiad performances in the Manila SEA Games. Photos by Adrian Portugal/Rappler and Asian Games media pool (Yu)

Hidilyn Diaz on Olympic gold dreamers: 'The more the merrier'

Sep 07, 2018 - 9:03 AM

Hidilyn Diaz feels happy that Asian skate queen Margielyn Didal is also aiming for an Olympic gold

GIRL POWER. Hidilyn Diaz is happy that Margielyn Didal also shares the same Olympic gold dream as her. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Olympic clock ticking on boxing's 'cultural change'

Sep 03, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Philippine boxing official Ed Picson hopes that IOC won't carry out its threat to remove boxing from the Olympics

CONTROVERSIAL. Filipino boxer Rogen Ladon loses to Uzbekistan's Jasurbek Latipov via referee stopped contest after getting a cut on the forehead. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Indonesia to bid for 2032 Olympics

Sep 01, 2018 - 6:03 PM

After a successful staging of the 18th Asian Games, Indonesia believes it can host the world's biggest sporting event

SPECTACULAR. Fireworks explode over the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. Photo by Arief Bagus/AFP

Pinay athletes deliver 70% of PH medal haul

Aug 31, 2018 - 10:29 AM

POC president Ricky Vargas says he's impressed that 12 of the Philippines' 18 medals came from Filipina athletes in the 2018 Asian Games

GOLDEN GIRLS. Philippines' gold medal haul is led by Yuka Saso, the women's golf team, Margielyn Didal and Hidilyn Diaz. Photos by Asian Games media pool (golf), Money Sharma/AFP (Diaz), Philippine Sports Commission (Didal) and Asian Games 2018 Twitter (gold medal)

Turkmenistan wrestler first doping case at Asian Games 2018

Aug 24, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Rustem Nazarov tested positive for the banned substance furosemide, a masking agent, in a pre-tournament urine test last week

eSports' 2022 Asian Games medal status put on hold

Aug 18, 2018 - 8:04 PM

An Olympic Council of Asia official says eSports needs to have 'one international federation' before it can be included as an official medal sport

GROWING SCENE. An esport athlete competes at Thailand's Intel Game Time event in June 2017. Photo from Shutterstock

Phelps: Saving a life more important than a gold medal

Aug 18, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps opens up again on his ongoing battle with depression

STRUGGLES. US sports icon Michael Phelps admits he recently ‘went through a scary depression spell’ again. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

After Jordan Clarkson saga, ’bigger’ challenge ahead

Aug 15, 2018 - 2:29 PM

The men's basketball team kicks off the Philippines' campaign in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Thursday, August 16

ALL SET. Fil-Am NBA player Jordan Clarkson is set to lead the Philippine delegation as flag-bearer. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Olympic champ Schooling leads superstars to light up 2018 Asian Games

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:52 AM

These global sensations will be solidifying their titles as 'Asia's Best' in the upcoming continental games

1ST OLYMPIC GOLD. Singapore's Joseph Schooling poses with his gold medal on the podium of the Men's 100m Butterfly Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Philippine Olympic Committee: Why 2 NBA players in China team?

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:11 AM

POC president Ricky Vargas and vice president Bambol Tolentino seek clarification following reports that China will field 2 NBA players in the 2018 Asian Games

QUESTIONABLE. Zhou Qi (left) of the Houston Rockets and Ding Yanyuhang (right) of the Dallas Mavericks will be suiting up for China in the Asian Games. Photos by FIBA (Zhou Qi and Ding) and Photo by AFP (Clarkson)

POC: NBA 'broke the hearts of 100 million Filipinos'

Aug 12, 2018 - 2:12 PM

'We were one clearance away,' says POC official Patrick Gregorio after the NBA turned down the country's request to line up Jordan Clarkson in the Asian Games

NO GO. Philippine sports officials said they 'worked round the clock' to get Jordan Clarkson only to be denied by the NBA. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

A decade on, Olympics changed China, but not how many hoped

Aug 06, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Ten years later, Communist control is more concentrated than at any time since the era of Mao Zedong

BACK AT IT. China will once again host the quadrennial showpiece in 2022 after winning the hosting rights for the Winter Olympics. Photo from Shutterstock


PH women's football set for Olympic qualifiers debut

Aug 02, 2018 - 7:12 PM

The Philippines braces for a tough grind as only two teams from Asia will nab a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

BIG CHALLENGE. The Philippines will be one of 18 teams set to see action in the first round of the Olympic qualifiers. Photo from PFF

Rappler CA decision, Arroyo on elections, Gilas update | Evening wRap

Jul 27, 2018 - 9:30 PM

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Full-time Gilas team an 'option,' says POC chief

Jul 27, 2018 - 4:21 PM

POC president Ricky Vargas says there is a possibility the Gilas Pilipinas cadets would need to focus on the 2023 FIBA World Cup campaign before joining the PBA draft

BACK TO SQUARE ONE. Gilas Pilipinas could return to its full-time program as it gears up for the 2023 FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA


PH faces penalty for Asian Games withdrawal

Jul 27, 2018 - 3:33 PM

The Philippine Olympic Committee braces for monetary sanctions following SBP's decision to withdraw Gilas Pilipinas from the Asiad

ACCEPTANCE. SBP stands by its decision to withdraw Gilas Pilipinas from the Asian Games despite the consequences. Photo by PBA Images

PH Blu Girls step up 2020 Olympic bid

Jul 25, 2018 - 11:37 PM

The Philippine softball team vies for an Olympic berth in the World Championship starting August 2 in Japan

CONSISTENCY. The Philippine women’s softball team, which finished runner-up in the Asian Softball Championships last year, hopes to sustain its solid run. Fille photo from Blu Girls

'Unprecedented' Japan heat wave kills 65 in one week

Jul 24, 2018 - 8:36 AM

(UPDATED) The heat wave 'is fatal, and we recognize it as a natural disaster,' says weather agency official Motoaki Takekawa

HEAT WAVE. A woman holds an umbrella as she walks along a street in Tokyo on July 23, 2018, as Japan suffers from a heat wave. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Swimmer Ryan Lochte banned 14 months for anti-doping violation

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:18 AM

The 6-time Olympic gold medalist was suspended for 10 months two years ago for claiming he and 3 other US swimmers were robbed in the Rio Games

SIDELINED. Ryan Lochte will miss the US national championships, the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo in August and the 2019 world championships in South Korea. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP


SONA 2018, Alvarez ousted, Olympics 2020 | Evening wRap

Jul 23, 2018 - 10:16 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Natashya Gutierrez

LOOK: Tokyo reveals Olympic mascots’ names

Jul 23, 2018 - 4:48 PM

Tokyo 2020 organizers formally introduce Miraitowa and Someity to the world

DEBUT. Mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games Miraitowa (L) and Someity appear at their debut event in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nori/AFP

Suspect held over Olympic figure skater's murder

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:22 PM

A suspect has been detained for the fatal stabbing of 2014 Sochi Olympics bronze medalist Denis Ten

GREAT LOSS. Kazakh skating star Denis Ten died in the hospital after medics fought to save his life following the attack.Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Olympic figure skater stabbed to death

Jul 20, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The 25-year-old Denis Ten, who won a bronze in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, was fatally attacked by car thieves

TRAGEDY. Family, friends and fans across the world mourn the death of Kazakh skating star Denis Ten. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Court of Appeals dismisses POC case vs Vargas

Jul 10, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas is delighted that the case was dismissed with prejudice

DISMISSED. Ricky Vargas and company can now continue focusing on the Philippines' upcoming 2018 Asian Games stint. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

Ricky Vargas denies PSC threat to withhold Asian Games fund

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:05 PM

The POC president claims that Asian Games chef de mission Richard Gomez has already received funding from the Philippine Sports Commission

FEEDING MANY. The Philippine Olympic Committee has received the 2018 Asian Games fund that is set to cover 272 athletes.

Jann Mari Nayre makes history as PH table tennis’ first Youth Olympian

Jun 10, 2018 - 11:18 PM

The rising star nabs a slot in the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games

LAST GASP. Jann Mari Nayre makes the most out of last chance of qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games. Photo by Ting Ledesma/PTTF

Hidilyn Diaz assured of 2018 Asian Games slot

Jun 04, 2018 - 6:21 PM

The Olympic silver medalist will don the country's colors again after missing the 2017 SEA Games

ASIAN GAMES RETURN. Hidilyn Diaz will return to the Asian Games for the first time since 2006. Photo from EPA.

PH Weightlifting federation appeals to POC for more slots in 2018 Asian Games

May 29, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Federation president Monico Puentevella endorses 7 promising weightlifters to see action in Indonesia

CALL FOR PRIORITY. SWP president Monico Puentevella wants to continue the success set by Hidilyn Diaz in the Rio Olympics through the Asian Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Japan keeps word, gifts Akita dog to Russian skater Zagitova

May 26, 2018 - 7:58 PM

During a visit to Moscow, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe presents the puppy to Zagitova, who won gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics

PH gymnasts seek Youth Olympic Games berth in home competition

May 15, 2018 - 8:21 PM

Philippines hosts Asia's qualifying tournament for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games for the first time

YOUTH OLYMPIC QUALIFIER. Colombian Katish Hernandez performs in the artistic gymnastics women's trampoline competition, during the XVIII Bolivarian Games 2017. File photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

Karatedo group of the golden era wants end to 'fake karateka' reign in PH

May 08, 2018 - 4:52 PM

The Philippine Karatedo Federation 1987 denounces the decisions of the Romasanta-headed NSA and the POC

DETHRONEMENT. Joe Manansala (center) leads the PKF 1987 Inc in its mission to make Philippine karatedo great again. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

PBA, San Miguel Corp, MVP Group combine for P46M donation to POC

May 06, 2018 - 11:30 PM

The local Olympic committee is gearing up for the country's 2019 hosting of the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Games campaign this August

FAMILY. POC chairman Ricky Vargas gets the support from his PBA family with a P46 million donation. File photo by Delfin Dioquino


Is there a chance for a PSL swimming prodigy to finally join the PH team?

May 02, 2018 - 10:20 AM

The call for unity by the two swimming groups paves the way for PSL swimmers to join the national team

UNITY. (left to right) former PSC commissioner Akiko Thompson, hopeful PSI president Ral Rosario, PSL ace swimmer Jasmine Mojdeh, PSL president Susan Papa and PSL Secretary-General Susan Benasa in the historic call for unity. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Philippine karatekas find refuge in POC as world body suspends local federation

Apr 26, 2018 - 9:36 AM

(UPDATED) The local Olympic committee will take charge of the national karatedo team’s training for the 2018 Asian Games

ASIAN GAMES PREPARATION. John Paul Bejar of the Philippines competes against Iwan Bidu Sirait of Indonesia in the finals of men's -55kg kumite in the 29th Southeast Asian Games karate competition. File photo by PSC-POC Media Group

2 Filipino boxers qualify in World Youth Championships

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Brothers Criz Russu and Christian Pitt Laurente secure berths after advancing to the Asian Youth Championships semi-finals

YOUNG STANDOUT. Light flyweight Criz Russu Laurente outclasses Indian Shagolshem Barun Singh. Contributed photo

Filipino Olympian boxer dies in motorcycle accident

Apr 21, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Leopoldo Cantancio was a two-time Olympian and took home medals in the 1986 and 1990 Asian Games as a lightweight boxer

COUNTRY'S PRIDE. Leopoldo Cantancio saw action in the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics as a lightweight boxer. Photo from Cantancio's Facebook account


Tokyo works to boost Paralympic profile before 2020 Games

Apr 12, 2018 - 2:51 PM

With the Paralympics looming, Japan is running a raft of new campaigns ranging from television programs to manga comics, aimed at ending public ignorance of disability and celebrating the community's athletic accomplishments

GOALBALL. This picture taken on February 26, 2018 shows blindfolded children playing goalball, a sport for the visually impaired, during a class at a school in suburban Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nori/AFP

Kim says N. Korea to take part in 2020, 2022 Olympics

Mar 31, 2018 - 1:04 PM

(UPDATED) IOC chief Thomas Bach announces the news after landing in Beijing following Friday's 'fruitful' talks with Kim Jong-Un

PYONGYANG VISIT. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 31, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) meeting with President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

North Korea's Kim meets IOC chief in Pyongyang

Mar 31, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Kim Jong-Un thanks International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach for helping to bring about a 'dramatic thawing' of tensions on the Korean peninsula

IN PYONGYANG. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 31, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) shaking hands with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

I'm so sorry: 5 memorable sporting apologies

Mar 30, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Here are 5 high-profile incidents of athletes apologizing

ADMISSION. Photo illustration showing a woman watches on her computer as Oprah Winfrey interviews cyclist Lance Armstrong about doping while competing professionally in the sport, as seen from Washington, DC, on January 17, 2013. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Red Velvet, Seohyun of Girls' Generation to perform in North Korea

Mar 21, 2018 - 8:43 PM

Seoul will send a total of 160 performers to Pyongyang for a 4-day visit from March 31 to April 3

RED VELVET. Kpop girl group Red Velvet is set perform in Pyeongyang, first time a South Korean artist holds a concert in since 2007. Screenshot from Instagram.com/redvelvet.smtown

World-record, ultra-thin condom to debut in 2020 Tokyo Games

Mar 21, 2018 - 2:03 PM

Japan condom makers are proud its 'barely there' construction will encourage safe sex among the world's fittest athletes

ULTRA-THIN. An employee of Japanese condom maker Sagami Rubber Industries performs quality tests for randomly picked condoms at the company's testing facility in Atsugi, Kanagawa prefecture. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP.

The world of online games arrives in China for WESG Grand Final

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:54 AM

Victory at the $5.5-million World Electronic Sports Games Grand Final will also ensure immortality in the eyes of the millions of eSport fans

LEVEL UP. In this file photo, gamers take part in the European finals of the 2017 World Electronic Sports Games in Barcelona on November 23, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Kim Jong-Un and Seoul envoys discuss possible inter-Korean summit

Mar 06, 2018 - 9:56 AM

(UPDATED) 'Hearing the intention of President Moon Jae In for a summit from the special envoy of the south side, he exchanged views and made a satisfactory agreement,' KCNA says of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

INTER-KOREAN SUMMIT. This handout from the presidential Blue House taken on March 5, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) shaking hands with South Korean chief delegator Chung Eui-yong (L), who travelled as envoys of the South's President Moon Jae-in, during their meeting in Pyongyang. AFP PHOTO / THE BLUE HOUSE

British athletics great Roger Bannister has died - family

Mar 04, 2018 - 8:39 PM

Bannister gained global sporting glory on May 6, 1954, when he ran a mile in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds at the Iffley Road track in Oxford

LEGEND. In this file photo taken on May 6, 2004 Roger Bannister (R) rings the original record bell at Oxford College during the mile race, to mark the 50th anniversary celebrations for his 4 minute mile record. Photo by Carl De Souza/AFP

NCC head Valdes hopeful of PH cheerleading growth

Mar 03, 2018 - 11:42 AM

'I don't mince words. Team Pilipinas is one of the top cheerleading teams in the world,' says National Cheerleading Championship head Itos Valdes

Vargas goal: 'Go beyond disputes and look for the best athletes'

Mar 01, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The new POC president already has a lot of plans in mind for Philippine sports

UPLIFTING PH SPORTS. Ricky Vargas starts healing process of PH sports as POC president.