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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

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

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

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

North and South Korea to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics

Sep 20, 2018 - 10:14 AM

The Olympic proposal would require an unprecedented level of cooperation and mutual trust on the long-divided Korean peninsula

UNIFIED KOREA. The two Koreas have continued their sports diplomacy, forming joint teams in several events including the recent 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

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

'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

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

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

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.

Tokyo 2020 to use facial recognition identification for participants

Jan 03, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Athletes, officials and reporters can now breeze through checkpoints by simply having their faces scanned in Tokyo 2020

Los Angeles happy to host 2028 Olympics

Sep 12, 2017 - 12:06 PM

The Los Angeles bid team has no regrets about accepting the offer to host the 2028 Summer Olympics

CELEBRATION. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the long run-up to the 2028 Olympics would enable the city to benefit immediately. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/AFP

Proposed Paris 2024 Games sites

Sep 12, 2017 - 11:25 AM

Paris will still have to spend around 3 billion on building and renovating sites with half of the amount to go to the construction of the Olympic village alone

CITY-WIDE HISTORIC CONCEPT. "The historic concept of the Olympic park can be applied to the whole city thanks to the proximity of the sites to each other." Photo by Patrick Kovarik/AFP

Lochte says he thought about suicide after Rio Olympics fiasco

Jun 07, 2017 - 12:03 PM

There were a couple of points where I was crying thinking If I go to bed and never wake up fine

SUICIDE. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte says he contemplated suicide after last year's Rio Olympics controversy. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Phelps frustrated by Rio Olympics doping fears

Feb 28, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Michael Phelps in a written testimony says he and teammates are left wondering whether they were competing on a level playing field in Rio

FINAL SALVO. USA's Michael Phelps competes in the Men's swimming 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. Odd Andersen/AFP

Olympic white elephants? Rio's got a herd of them

Feb 18, 2017 - 6:50 PM

You don t have to look far to see the unfulfilled promises of South America s first Olympic Games

WHITE ELEPHANT. View of the Tennis Court at the Olympic Park after it was covered by sand to be used for beach volley in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 17, 2017, about 6 month after the Rio 2016 Olympic games. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

Bolt, Phelps cap era of excellence

Dec 20, 2016 - 4:04 PM

The two athletes inspired a legion of young competitors determined to flourish on sport s biggest stage even as Olympic officials grapple with soaring costs corruption and the ever present specter of doping

END OF AN ERA. File Photos by OLIVIER MORIN, CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP

Hidilyn Diaz, other ASEAN Olympic medalists get free AirAsia flights

Aug 24, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The 18 Olympic medalists from Southeast Asian countries will get free flights from AirAsia either for life gold for the next 5 years silver or for 3 years bronze

Philippine silver medallist at the Rio Olympics, Hidilyn Diaz shows her medal during a press conference as she arrives at the Manila International Airport in Manila on August 11, 2016.  Diaz is the country's first Olympic winner in 20 years. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo for 2020 Games

Aug 24, 2016 - 12:25 PM

After stepping off a plane from the Brazilian host city Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike carries the flag at a ceremony at the city s Haneda airport

ARRIVAL. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (R) waves the Olympic flag beside Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) President Tsunekazu Kakeda (L) as she gets out of a plane upon its arrival at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The Olympic flag arrived in Tokyo as Japan's capital gears up to host the 2020 Games. TORU YAMANAKA / AFP

Ethiopia pledges safe return for protest runner

Aug 23, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa crossed his arms as he finished the marathon in protest against the Ethiopian government s crackdown on political dissent

Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia reacts while crossing the finish line to take the second place in the men's Marathon race of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 21 August 2016. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

PH looks to improve at Tokyo 2020 as Rio Games close

Aug 22, 2016 - 5:11 PM

Chef de mission Jose Romasanta gives an assessment of the Philippines Olympic participation calling it a good run

END OF THE JOURNEY. Kirstie Alora (L) is the last Filipino Olympian to leave Rio. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

The Olympics are over for Brazil – was it worth it?

Aug 22, 2016 - 3:09 PM

How did Rio de Janeiro and the country as a whole come out in the end?

A general view shows the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Olympics: Athletics nervously enters post-Bolt world

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:59 PM

Usain Bolt has consistently been a beacon for clean athletes amid doping and corruption scandals

LIFE AFTER BOLT. Usain Bolt of Jamaica kisses the finish line after winning the men's 4x100m relay final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/LUKAS COCH

Veterans rule in USA's run to Olympic basketball gold

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Carmelo Anthony 32 brings the experience and Kevin Durant 27 the scoring as the USA capped its 2016 Olympic run by mauling Serbia

SENIORS TAKE CHARGE. Carmelo Anthony of USA takes charge during the men's basketball gold medal game of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/SAM MOOY

Boxing on brink after Rio Olympics judging controversies

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:35 PM

The Games would not be complete without boxing controversy of one kind or another

CONTROVERSY. Evgeny Tishchenko of Russia (red) is declared winner against Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan during the men's heavyweight 91kg final bout of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The result sparked controversy as the Russian is booed by the crowd. EPA/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Groundbreaking Olympics for women in Rio

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:24 PM

Of the 11 444 athletes in Rio 45 – 5 175 – were women slightly higher than in London 2012

Simone Biles of the USA reacts after performing during the women's floor exercise final for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Artistic Gymnastics events. EPA/TATYANA ZENKOVICH

Let's make Tokyo best Olympics ever, says PM Abe

Aug 22, 2016 - 12:02 PM

The Japanese Prime Minister meets with the country s Olympic medalists and urges them to make Tokyo 2020 the best ever Olympics

ON TO TOKYO. The flag of Japan is displayed after the flag handover during the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

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Aug 18, 2016 - 7:42 PM

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Aug 17, 2016 - 1:04 PM

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Olympic road ends for Eric Cray in 400m hurdles semis

Aug 17, 2016 - 8:47 AM

Cray fails to qualify for the final after coming up 7th in the first semifinal heat with a time of 49 37 seconds

END OF THE ROAD. Eric Cray's Rio Olympics road ends as he fails to qualify into the men's 400m hurdles final. Jewel SAMAD / AFP

PH Olympic bet Eric Cray advances to 400m hurdles semifinals

Aug 15, 2016 - 11:02 PM

The 27 year old finishes third in heat 4 of round 1 of competition with a time of 49 05 seconds

SEMIS-BOUND. Eric Cray moves on to the semifinals of the men's 400m hurdles. File photo by Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

PH's Mary Joy Tabal finishes Olympic women's marathon in 124th place

Aug 14, 2016 - 11:37 PM

The Cebu native is unable to meet her target finishing time in her first Olympic women s marathon

124TH PLACE. Mary Joy Tabal finishes the Rio Olympics women's marathon in 124th place. Photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

Kenya's Sumgong wins Rio Olympics women's marathon

Aug 14, 2016 - 11:18 PM

Jemima Sumgong times 2 hours 24 minutes and 4 seconds for Kenya s first ever women s marathon gold over the 42km course

Jemima Jelagat Sumgong of Kenya wins the women's Marathon race of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14 August 2016. EPA/BERND THISSEN

Mayweather turns up at Rio Olympics boxing – only to watch

Aug 14, 2016 - 1:10 PM

The former world champion makes a surprise appearance in Rio de Janeiro in the afternoon boxing session a pair of headphones planted in his ears

RIO SPECTATOR. Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (R) attends a boxing match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. YURI CORTEZ / AFP

Tearful Monica Puig wins Puerto Rico's first ever Olympic gold

Aug 14, 2016 - 12:37 PM

Before the tennis player s golden breakthrough Puerto Rico had won just 8 Olympic medals two silver and 6 bronze Six of that total had come in boxing

FIRST GOLD. Monica Puig of Puerto Rico celebrates defeating Angelique Kerber of Germany during the women's tennis singles gold medal match of the Rio 2016 Olympics. EPA/BERND THISSEN

Olympics: Neymar takes Brazil closer to Germany World Cup rematch

Aug 14, 2016 - 12:22 PM

Brazil sets up a semifinal meeting with Honduras and is on course for a mouthwatering World Cup rematch with Germany in the final

SEMIFINAL-BOUND. Neymar of Brazil celebrates after scoring against Colombia during their Rio 2016 Olympic Games men's football quarterfinal match. Miguel SCHINCARIOL / AFP

Argentina wins Brazil clash in double OT, Spain stays alive

Aug 14, 2016 - 11:51 AM

Decades of football rivalry spice any Argentine Brazil matchup but no incidents are reported

VICTORIOUS. Argentina's Luis Scola, Manu Ginobili, Facundo Campazzo and Marcos Delia celebrate after defeating Brazil during a men's basketball Group B match. Mark RALSTON / AFP

Olympics: Bronze for hijab-wearing US fencer Muhammad

Aug 14, 2016 - 11:39 AM

The 30 year old from New Jersey the first US Olympian to wear a hijab during competition comes away with a bronze medal in the women s team sabre event

BRONZE. US Ibtihaj Muhammad reacts during the women’s team sabre bronze medal bout between US and Italy as part of the fencing event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on August 13, 2016, at the Carioca Arena 3, in Rio de Janeiro. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

PH long jumper Torres-Sunang takes cue from silver medalist Diaz

Aug 10, 2016 - 1:37 PM

Marestella Torres Sunang like Hidilyn Diaz is in her third Olympics She s hoping the third time is the charm for her as well

LONGEST JUMP. Marestella Torres-Sunang is now a 3-time Olympian with hopes of finally making her mark on the world stage. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

French swimmer slams China's champion Sun over doping scandal

Aug 09, 2016 - 2:20 PM

Camille Lacourt who came fifth in the 100m backstroke final just after Sun Yang s triumph says swimming was becoming like athletics with two or 3 doped in each final

Camille Lacourt of France reacts after competing in the men's 100m backstroke heats of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Swimming events. EPA/ESTEBAN BIBA

Michael Phelps says dopers shouldn't be allowed to compete

Aug 09, 2016 - 2:01 PM

Phelps says it breaks my heart after controversy over athletes who have previously failed drugs tests broke out at the Rio swimming competition

NO TO DOPERS. Michael Phelps speaks out about not letting drug cheats back into swimming. EPA/PATRICK B. KRAEMER

NBA star Paul George will visit French gymnast with broken leg

Aug 09, 2016 - 1:47 PM

After going through a similar broken leg injury in 2014 George wants to pass along the lessons he learned from his experience to the gymnast

TOUGH BREAK. Samir Ait Said says he will try to return to the Olympics in 2020 after his 2016 campaign ended on an unexpected note. Photo by Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Meet Alfonsito Aldanete, the weightlifting coach who helped Diaz win silver

Aug 09, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Alfonsito Aldanete the Philippine team s Olympic weightlifting coach once aspired to be a boxer Now he s molding the next generation of PH lifters

epa05462666 Hidilyn Diaz (R) of the Philippines celebrates with her coach after winning the silver medal in the women's 53kg category of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA