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Final countdown: Tokyo marks one year till 2020 Olympics

Jul 24, 2019 - 11:44 AM

From driverless airport transport to robot greeters and mascots, Japan vows to dazzle Olympic visitors

SPORTING SHOW. Olympic rings stand as markers at the Japan Sport Olympic Square beside the new National Stadium. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

LOOK: PH flag gets personified for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Jul 06, 2019 - 10:25 AM

The Philippines is represented by Rizal the Warrior in the World of Flags project

FILIPINO WARRIOR. The Philippines' personification is named after its national hero Jose Rizal. Photo from World Flags

Boxing governing body stripped of Olympic status

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Amid allegations of bout fixing, AIBA becomes the first sports federation to get stripped of its right to organize its own sport in the Olympics

KNOCKED OUT.  With AIBA still embroiled in a crisis, the IOC is set to oversee the boxing competition in the Tokyo 2020 Games. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

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

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

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

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

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

PSC tackles Hidilyn's weightlifting woes

Oct 01, 2018 - 6:38 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission makes sure that weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz will get enough support for her 2020 Tokyo Olympics bid

OLYMPIC BID. Hidilyn Diaz is working to nab the Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold with her core team. Photo by Money Sharma/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

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

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.

Futuristic superheroes picked as Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascots

Feb 28, 2018 - 11:11 PM

The mascots, which have yet to be named, were selected by elementary school kids from a shortlist of three competitors instantly recognizable as "made in Japan"

SUPERHEROES. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Mascots were presented to the public Wednesday, February 28. From Tokyo Olympics Facebook

Sky's the limit for Japan's pint-sized Olympic skateboarding hope

Jan 28, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Sky Brown juggles her skateboarding with professional surfing too

9 YEARS OLD. Sky Brown has set her sights on Tokyo 2020, when the hipster sport makes its Olympic bow. Photo by Behrouz Mehri

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

Tokyo 2020 unveils 'significant' budget cuts as costs spiral

Dec 22, 2017 - 3:48 PM

Tokyo is under pressure to keep costs low

IOC 'confident' Tokyo 2020 venues will be ready on time

Dec 11, 2017 - 1:53 PM

IOC's Games coordination commission chairman John Coates backs Tokyo 2020 to deliver the venue on time

Tokyo slashes Olympic 2020 costs further by $360 million

Nov 07, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Olympic planning officials make the cuts by changing construction methods and installing cheaper temporary seats in some venues

PRAISE. The Tokyo Olympic Committee will slash their projected expenses to respond to the budget concerns of future bidders. File photo by Toru Yamanaka

3x3 basketball among events added to 2020 Olympics

Jun 09, 2017 - 11:38 PM

This is a historic day for FIBA and 3x3 says FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann

TRIPLE THREAT. Terrence Romeo is one of the players who have moonlighted in 3x3 for the Philippines. File photo by Josh Albelda

Michael Phelps heads for 2020 Olympics - as swimwear salesman

Feb 17, 2017 - 6:39 AM

Phelps won t be competing in the pool but he s got a pair of swimming trunks he d like to sell you

TANKING. It just isn't the Olympics until Michael Phelps shows up. Now he'll be doing so as a salesman. Photo by Patrick Kraemer/EPA

Asia popularity gives 3x3 basketball new Olympic hope

Oct 04, 2016 - 2:16 PM

FIBA is pushing for 3 on 3 basketball to be included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as the game increases in popularity in Asia

TRIPLE THREAT. Terrence Romeo is one of the players who have moonlighted in 3x3 for the Philippines. File photo by Josh Albelda

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

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

Baseball, skateboarding among 5 new Olympic sports in for Tokyo 2020

Aug 04, 2016 - 12:14 PM

Surfing karate and climbing will also be included in the Tokyo Olympics

NEW OLYMPIC CHIEF. New International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach  at a press conference closing the 125th IOC session on September 10, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. AFP / Fabrice Coffrini

Skateboarding close to being included at Tokyo Olympics

Jun 02, 2016 - 4:50 PM

Skateboarding is one of 5 sports which could debut at the 2020 Olympics

OLYMPIC GRIND. Filipino skater Ansey Flores in action at Vans Go Skateboarding Day. If accepted by the IOC, terms such as "disco flip", "roastbeef grab" and "mongo-foot" could become part of the modern Olympic vernacular. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Tokyo 2020 unveils new logo after plagiarism claim

Apr 25, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Tokyo 2020 organizers were forced to ditch the original after claims it had plagiarized the logo of a Belgian theater

NEW LOGO. Organizers unveiled the new Tokyo 2020 logo after the original came under criticism for its similarity to another logo. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Tokyo Olympic committee scraps scandal-hit logo

Sep 01, 2015 - 6:50 PM

The decision which comes amid plagiarism claims and mounting questions about the logo designer s credibility caps an embarrassing month for Olympic officials

SCRAPPED. Plagiarism claims have marred designs of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic logo, but organizers say they weren't to blame for the logo being dropped.

Japan ecstatic at Olympic win

Sep 08, 2013 - 3:03 PM

Thousands cheer across Japan athletes hail dream result TV hosts break down in tears

WINNING MOMENT. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (3-R) celebrates alongside Tokyo 2020 delegation members after Tokyo won the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, during the 125th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in Buenos Aires, on September 7, 2013. AFP / Yan Walton

IOC members: Syria cost Istanbul votes

Sep 08, 2013 - 2:40 PM

There had been concerns that Istanbul could suffer from the fallout over the Syrian conflict which has seen over 500 000 refugees cross over into Turkish territory

LOSING 2020. A man holds a flag of Istanbul 2020 after the IOC announced Tokyo the winner of the Summer Olympic Games on September 7, 2013, at Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul. AFP / Ozan Kose

Madrid experiences more Olympic heartbreak

Sep 08, 2013 - 2:31 PM

It was the third successive time that Madrid failed to win the right to host the Games finishing third for 2012 and second for 2016

OLYMPIC HEARTBREAK. People show support for Madrid's bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games at the Puerta de Alcala in Madrid on September 7, 2013, before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) vote to determine the host city for the 2020 Olympic Games. AFP / Pedro Armestre

2020 Games will repay debt Japan owes the world - Abe

Sep 08, 2013 - 8:12 AM

Abe: We will pay the debt of support we owe the world from the time of the [2011] tsunami

PRESENTING TOKYO 2020. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives a speech during the presentation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic candidacy during the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) 25th Session, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 07 September 2013. EPA/Daniel Jayo

Tokyo to host 2020 Olympic Games

Sep 08, 2013 - 7:07 AM

Members of the International Olympic Committee meeting in Buenos Aires chose the Japanese capital which previously hosted the Games in 1964 over Istanbul and Madrid

IT'S TOKYO! People celebrate as IOC President Jacques Rogge announces Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics host city on a screen at the live-viewing event in Tokyo on September 8, 2013. AFP / Yoshikazu Tsuno

Factfile: Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics bid

Sep 06, 2013 - 1:30 PM

Factfile on Tokyo one of three cities bidding to host the 2020 Summer Olympics

This picture taken on January 4, 2011 shows Japan's highest mountain, Mt. Fuji towering behind Tokyo. AFP / Kazuhiro Nogi

Olympics: Tokyo, Istanbul play down fears, Madrid plays Gasol card

Sep 06, 2013 - 12:20 PM

The decision on who will host the 2020 summer Olympics lies in the hands of the unpredictable electorate of the members of the International Olympic Committee

The candidate cities: Tokyo, Madrid, and Istanbul.

2020 Olympics candidate cities: Strengths and weaknesses

Sep 01, 2013 - 7:18 PM

Here are the pros and cons of the 3 candidate cities for the 2020 Summer Olympics: Istanbul Tokyo and Madrid

The candidate cities: Tokyo, Madrid, and Istanbul.

Tokyo promises 'drug-free' Olympics

Jul 11, 2013 - 1:45 PM

Candidate city Tokyo pledged a model drug free Olympics if they bag the hosting rights to the Games

Japan PM: Tokyo 2020 will be 'inspiring'

Mar 04, 2013 - 5:44 PM

Japan PM Shinzo Abe said that Tokyo could be an inspiration for other cities if it wins the right to host the 2020 Olympics