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Curry targets Tokyo Olympic challenge

Jun 24, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Pulling out of the 2016 Rio Olympic squad, Steph Curry appears set to join a Dream Team for the 2020 Games

MORE CHIPS. Steph Curry looks to add another gold medal to his haul. File photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP


PH sports legends 'confident' of 1st Olympic gold in Tokyo 2020

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Celebrated former national athletes Elma Muros-Posadas, Akiko Thomson and Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta continue to support the Philippines' Olympic buildup

INSPIRATION. Former long jumper Elma Muros-Posadas (center) and para triathlete Andy Avellana (left) kick off the torch relay featuring 5 pairs of Olympians and Paralympians. Photo release

2019 SEA Games: After POC shakeup, what now?

Jun 21, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Here's a look back at the turn of events after Ricky Vargas stepped down as POC president

WHAT NOW? PHISGOC chairman Alan Peter Cayetano speaks to the press about the current situation of the Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

2019 SEA Games: POC chairman Tolentino to call for special elections

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:27 PM

POC chairman Bambol Tolentino calls for elections, claiming the successors to Ricky Vargas' post are not qualified

DRAMA CONTINUES. POC chairman Bambol Tolentino (left) says first vice president Joey Romasanta may not be qualified to take over as president. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

New POC president looks to regroup as SEA Games hosting nears

Jun 18, 2019 - 5:52 PM

After Ricky Vargas' surprise resignation, new president Joey Romasanta plans to get the Philippine Olympic Committee board more involved in the 2019 SEA Games preparations

MAJOR CHANGES. New POC president Joey Romasanta leads the regrouping needed as the Philippines' staging of the SEA Games draws near. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Ricky Vargas resigns as POC president

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:33 PM

'I am tendering my irrevocable resignation from the post of President of the organization, effective immediately,' writes Vargas

CALL TO UNITY. Ricky Vargas steps down from the POC presidency. Photo from the Philippine Sports Commission.

POC feud: 'I’m not interested in the presidency,' says Peping

Jun 16, 2019 - 12:05 PM

The former Philippine Olympic Committee chief dispels talks that he’s seeking to oust incumbent president Ricky Vargas

SPORTS POLITICS. Long-time sports leader Peping Cojuangco (right) claims he has been ‘very supportive’ of POC president Ricky Vargas. File photos

POC to meet, iron out 'crucial' 2019 SEA Games preparations

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Vargas puts aside politics as he sets up a 'mutually acceptable' schedule for a POC board meeting

CALL TO UNITY. Ricky Vargas is working out a date to meet with the majority of the POC board. Photo from the Philippine Sports Commission

TIMELINE: Will the POC feud affect PH's SEA Games hosting?

Jun 13, 2019 - 5:27 PM

There's tension in the Philippine sports leadership once again with barely 6 months left before the country hosts the Southeast Asian Games

Hidilyn Diaz, PSC reconcile in support of Olympic gold dream

Jun 06, 2019 - 5:31 PM

'We have pledged our support before, and we will continue to do so,' says PSC chairman Butch Ramirez

RESOLVED. The Philippine Sports Commission pledges its support for Hidilyn Diaz' Tokyo 2020 Olympics bid. Photo from release

Hidilyn Diaz on Tokyo 2020 Olympics bid: 'I need financial support'

Jun 04, 2019 - 5:18 PM

Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz asks for financial support in her journey back to the quadrennial meet

TEARFUL. Hidilyn Diaz turns emotional after winning the Philippines' first gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Malacañang supports Vargas in POC feud

May 29, 2019 - 9:20 AM

'We call on everyone to insulate sports from politics,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

DISCORD. Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas (center), chairman Bambol Tolentino (left) and spokesman Ed Picson (right) gain support from the Palace.  Photo release

POC in chaos: Vargas fires Cojuangco, other officials from posts

May 27, 2019 - 6:03 PM

With barely 6 months before the country hosts the SEA Games, the Philippine Olympic Committee is reeling in another leadership crisis

FEUDING. POC president Ricky Vargas reacts on the 'last straw' against him. Photo from SBP Facebook

Ricky Vargas 'uncertain' of future POC term

Apr 10, 2019 - 5:13 PM

'It’s kind of very difficult to commit that I want to become president again,' says Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas

TOP BRASS. Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas (center), chairman Bambol Tolentino (left) and Ed Picson (right) grace the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association forum. Photo release

PH women's football team ends 2020 Olympic bid

Apr 10, 2019 - 4:20 PM

The Philippine women's football team fails to advance to the third round of the Olympic qualifiers

BOWING OUT. The Philippines national women's football team caps off its Olympic bid with a 7-0 drubbing of Palestine. Photo from Qatar FA

PH women's football sees solid shot at Olympic qualifiers

Mar 28, 2019 - 6:07 PM

The national women's football team believes it has a legitimate shot at advancing to the third round

UPHILL CLIMB. Veteran keeper Inna Palacios believes that the team can advance to the next round. Photo by Mia Montayre/Philippine national women's football team

Japan Olympic chief facing corruption probe to step down

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:45 PM

'I think the most appropriate thing is to leave things to a new leader from the next generation,' says Tsunekazu Takeda in a Japan Olympic committee meeting

UNDER FIRE. Tsunekazu Takeda will end his term in June as French authorities probe his involvement in payments made before Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Summer Games. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

The week in photos: March 9-15, 2019

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:45 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

CARNIVAL. Costumed revelers perform in a carnival procession on the streets of Strumica, Macedonia, during the great evening carnival on March 9, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Fukushima evacuees resist return as 'Reconstruction Olympics' nears

Mar 08, 2019 - 1:05 PM

People who fled Fukushima after the 2011 nuclear disaster are not eager to return

STAYING AWAY. In this photo taken on February 11, 2019, Kazuko Nihei, who fled her home in Fukushima city with her two daughters Rio (C) and Rin (R) after a 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggered the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, plays with them in their apartment in Tokyo. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

PH skaters hit ground running for 2024 Olympics

Mar 04, 2019 - 4:49 PM

Skateboarding has been approved as a regular event in the 2024 Paris Olympics

GIRL POWER. Margielyn Didal is one of the top Philippine bets for the Olympics. Photo from Warren Stuart’s Instagram (@wzahk)


Teen golfer Yuka Saso targets Tokyo 2020 Olympic berth

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Asian Games gold medalist Yuka Saso can qualify for the Olympics sooner than expected

OLYMPICS BERTH. Yuka Saso aims to debut in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Paris gets in breakdance groove ahead of 2024 Olympic bow

Feb 25, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Breakdance is set to make a splash on its Olympic debut at the Paris Games

BREAKTHROUGH. Breakdancing just needs the approval of the International Olympic Committee for it to be included as an event in the 2024 Olympics. Photos from Shutterstock


Indonesia submits formal bid to host the 2032 Olympics

Feb 19, 2019 - 5:35 PM

President Joko Widodo formally solidifies Indonesia's interest in hosting the 2032 event after a successful 2018 Asian Games

HISTORIC. If successful, Indonesia would be the fourth Asian Olympics host after Japan, South Korea and China. Screenshots from 2018 Asian Games media center livestream

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Feb 15, 2019 - 11:55 PM

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Hidilyn Diaz ramps up bid for top Olympic ranking

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz plans to intensify her training in China for two months to gear up for the 2019 Olympic qualifying events

GOLDEN GIRL. Hidilyn Diaz is one of the Philippines' hopes for a first Olympic gold medal. Photo from Asian Games media pool

Seoul picked for joint Korean bid to host 2032 Olympics

Feb 12, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Seoul edges out its rival Busan as South Korea's chosen city to host the 2032 Summer Olympics

UNIFIED KOREA. South Korea and North Korea join forces in team sports in the 2018 Asian Games. Rappler Screenshot

Tech today: FB ad transparency measures, e-waste Olympic medals, FaceTime reward

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Facebook will soon be rolling out a feature that shows how a brand got a hold of your contact information and if it shared it with another brand

Illustration from Facebook


Turning garbage into gold: Tokyo to award e-waste Olympic medals

Feb 08, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Tokyo's Olympic organizing committee has stockpiled electronic waste from smartphones and laptops to collect metal for the medals

ECO-FRIENDLY. In the 2012 Rio Olympics, around 30 percent of the silver and bronze in medals also came from recycled materials. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

2019 SEA Games swimming to serve as Olympic qualifier

Feb 03, 2019 - 7:51 PM

FINA approves the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila as an Olympic qualifying meet

OLYMPIAN. Filipino swimmer Jessie Lacuna hopes to represent the country anew in the world's biggest sporting event. File photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

POC: Gov't agency support can speed up SEA Games 2019 preparations

Feb 01, 2019 - 9:31 PM

Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas has started to feel anxious as plans for the 2019 SEA Games have fallen behind schedule

UNDER PRESSURE. Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas hopes that government agencies will heed the call of the executive order. Photo from SBP Facebook

PH skater Julian Macaraeg qualifies for 2020 Winter Youth Olympics

Jan 31, 2019 - 9:03 PM

Julian Macaraeg makes history as the first Filipino to qualify for the Winter Youth Olympics

HISTORY. Julian Macaraeg becomes the first Filipino to qualify for the Winter Youth Olympics. Photo from Philippine Skating Union

POC to end NSA disputes with new resolution framework

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:29 PM

Ricky Vargas signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center

RESOLUTION. (From left to right) Atty. Panga, Atty. Robert Dio, Atty. Edmund Tan, Ricky Vargas, Alberto Agra, Joey Romasanta and Ed Picson are present in the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding. Photo from POC

Teen gymnast Carlos Yulo finds winning rhythm in Olympic quest

Dec 29, 2018 - 10:42 AM

The 18-year-old is already a favorite to deliver a medal – possibly a gold – for the Philippines in the next Olympiad

PREPPING EARLY. Carlos Yulo begins his quest for a seat in the Olympics as early as January. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Chooks-to-Go 3x3 league boosts PH bid for Olympic berth

Dec 21, 2018 - 11:15 PM

The Philippines' inaugural 3x3 league will help the country accumulate much-needed points to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

FIRST-EVER. League commissioner Eric Altamirano dreams of the Philippines qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics 3x3 event. Photo from release

Tokyo 2020 unveils new budget, spending unchanged at $12 billion

Dec 21, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Tokyo 2020 organizers pledge that the bill will not increase amid concerns that ballooning costs are putting off potential Olympic host cities

Gold medals, grey zones: Tokyo 2020 budget sparks dispute

Dec 20, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Japan and Tokyo 2020 organizers clash in considering which projects are 'Olympics-related'

'NEW NORM'. The National Stadium in Tokyo is being reconstructed to host the opening of the Olympic games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

U.S. Olympic Committee slammed in review of Nassar abuse case

Dec 11, 2018 - 11:44 AM

The US Olympic Committee is one of the institutions that allowed Larry Nassar to abuse hundreds of athletes

PREDATOR. Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar addresses the court during the sentencing phase in Ingham County Circuit Court on January 24, 2018 in Lansing, Michigan. Photo by Jeff Kowalsky/AFP

US Olympic moves to disband USA Gymnastics body

Nov 06, 2018 - 8:16 AM

US gymnasts would continue to compete in events as normal with the full support and backing of the Olympic committee amidst federation dissolution

CONTINUED SUPPORT. USA national gymnasts like Olympic medalist Simone Biles will continue their training amidst federation dissolution. File Photo byTim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

Boxing body vote could see sport thrown out of Olympics

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:42 AM

Hit by allegations of bout-fixing, amateur boxing may be dropped in the 2020 Tokyo Games

BIG BLOW. Controversial decisions abound even during the recent Asian Games boxing competition. File photo from PSC

Boracay closure affected Christian Tio's Youth Olympics training

Oct 22, 2018 - 5:47 PM

The country's lone medalist in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games says the closure of Boracay prevented him from training in the island

BANNED. Water sports continue to be banned as Boracay Island opens on October 26. Photo courtesy of International Olympic Committe

Christian Tio eyes Olympic gold in 2024

Oct 22, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Fresh from bagging the Philippines' lone medal in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, the 17-year-old kiteboarder aims for greater heights

WORK STARTS NOW. Christian Tio has 6 years to sharpen his skills before the Paris Olympics. Photo from the Philippine Sports Commission


The week in photos: October 13-19, 2018

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SCULPTURE. A child plays in front of a sculpture titled Damien Hirst Looking For Sharks, part of the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibiton in Sydney on October 19, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Despite no medals on last day, PH satisfied with Youth Games campaign

Oct 16, 2018 - 5:39 PM

Kiteboarder Christian Tio is the lone medalist from the Philippines in the Junior Olympics

ONE SILVER. Members of the Philippine YOG team (from l-r) Golfer Yuka Saso, chef de mission Jonne Go, PSC executive director Merly Ibay, Philippine ambassador to Argentina Linglingay Lacanlale, archer Nicole Tagle and Jann Mari Nayre of table tennis. Standing behind them are golfer Carl Janno Corpus, kiteboarder Christian Tio and fencer Lawrence Tan. Photo from PSC-POC Media Group

New Japan hotels must be wheelchair accessible before Tokyo 2020

Oct 16, 2018 - 4:17 PM

At least 1% of rooms in newly built and refurbished hotels or traditional inns must be barrier-free for wheelchair users by September 2019

WHEELCHAIR-FRIENDLY. Improvements in travel and lodging will be made for the disabled in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo from ShutterStock

Usain Bolt fumes over drug test notice

Oct 15, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Already retired from athletics, the sprint legend questions the drug test notice

ANOTHER ROUTE. Usain Bolt is bidding for a professional football career in Australia. AFP PHOTO / Thomas Samson/AFP


Christian Tio bags PH's 1st 2018 Youth Olympic Games medal

Oct 14, 2018 - 11:33 PM

Kiteboarder Christian Tio rides to a silver medal finish in the junior Olympics

PODIUM FINISH. Christian Tio impresses as the Philippines crashes into the medal board of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Photo from Christian Tio's Facebook

FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann dead at 51

Oct 14, 2018 - 7:44 PM

'Basketball has lost a leader, an advocate and a friend'

FAREWELL. Patrick Baumann was known as a tireless worker in international basketball. Photo from FIBA

Youth Olympics: Pinay archer reaches quarterfinals

Oct 14, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Philippine bet Nicole Tagle and partner Hendrik Oun of Estonia advance to the archery quarterfinals of the mixed international team event

PH swimmer Nicole Oliva bows out of Youth Olympics

Oct 13, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The 16-year-old fails to secure a medal but her sixth-place finish gives the Philippine swimming team hope for the future

Youth Olympics: Yuka Saso blows medal chance

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:19 PM

The 17-year-old Filipino-Japanese had an opportunity to cop a bronze medal for the Philippines in women’s individual golf

MISSED OPPORTUNITY.  Yuka Saso fails to replicate her Asiad winning run. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler