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Tokyo organizers eye July 2021 for delayed Olympics

Mar 29, 2020 - 2:10 PM

IOC chief Thomas Bach says rescheduling the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is 'not restricted' to summer months

STARTING OVER. A dog is pictured on the Olympic Rings displayed at the Japan Sport Olympic Square beside the new National Stadium. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Osaka disappointed but supports Olympic delay

Mar 29, 2020 - 11:56 AM

'Sport will eventually unite us again and be there for us always, but that time is not now,' says former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 02: Naomi Osaka of Japan returns a shot during her Women's Singles fourth round match against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland on day eight of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 02, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

'Bigger' Tokyo 2020 Olympics is possible, says former POC chief

Mar 28, 2020 - 4:46 PM

Former Philippine Olympic Committee chief Celso Dayrit lists 6 'immeasurable benefits' to the historic delay of the quadrennial meet

REBOUND OPPORTUNITY. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics delay creates more opportunities for athletes and businesses affected by the coronavirus. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

New Tokyo Olympics date 'won't satisfy everybody,' says athletics chief

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:48 PM

'We are probably not going to reach a solution that meets with the approval of every sport,' says World Athletics president Sebastian Coe

TOUGH TIMES. Pedestrians wearing face masks pass the logo of the Olympic Games at a subway station in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

LIST: How the coronavirus has hit global sports

Mar 27, 2020 - 5:59 PM

Sporting events worldwide come to a complete standstill as the virus continues to wreak havoc

MAJOR HIT. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been pushed back to 2021. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

Athletes qualified for Tokyo 2020 will keep 2021 spots

Mar 27, 2020 - 1:48 PM

All athletes who secured Tokyo 2020 berths get to keep their slots for the 2021 Olympic Games

File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

'Back to square one': Olympic delay puts Japan in a spin

Mar 27, 2020 - 9:02 AM

After postponing the Olympics to 2021, Tokyo starts working on an 'unprecedented' and complex task

STARTING OVER. The Olympic rings are seen through cherry blossoms in Tokyo's Odaiba district, the day after the historic decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

EJ Obiena 'lost for words' after Tokyo 2020 Olympics delay

Mar 25, 2020 - 9:53 PM

Pole vaulter EJ Obiena, the first Filipino to secure a Tokyo 2020 berth, has to wait another year for his Olympic debut

DISAPPOINTED. EJ Obiena faces big adjustments as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics gets postponed to 2021. Photo from aminoVITAL release

Tokyo postponement 'no impact' on Paris 2024 Olympics

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:42 PM

The four-year Olympic cycle may have been disrupted in Tokyo, but the Paris Games will go ahead as scheduled in 2024

This picture taken on October 21, 2019 shows a Paralympic Games logo during a logo presentation ceremony for Paris 2024 Olympic Games at the Grand Rex cinema in Paris. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

Philippine Olympic Committee: Tokyo 2020 postponement 'not an issue'

Mar 24, 2020 - 10:21 PM

The decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics should not be a problem for the country's 2021 sports calendar, says POC president Bambol Tolentino

MORE TIME. EJ Obiena will have more time to prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics that is postponed to 2021. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

No challenge can stand against Junna Tsukii's Tokyo 2020 Olympics quest

Mar 21, 2020 - 10:16 PM

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Junna Tsukii remains hopeful that she can pursue her Olympics dream

OVERCOMING CHALLENGES. Junna Tsukii remains optimistic of her chances in qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo from aminoVITAL release

Worldwide sports collapse piles pressure on Olympics

Mar 13, 2020 - 8:25 PM

Even if major sporting events see massive disruption worldwide, organizers insist the coronavirus pandemic will not derail the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

A man looks at an Olympic rings display installed off the shore of the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

Flame for 2020 Tokyo Olympics lit in Greece amid virus lockdown

Mar 12, 2020 - 7:39 PM

Even as a virus pandemic grips the world, the Olympics launches a week-long torch relay in Greece before the flame is handed to Tokyo organizers

ETERNAL FLAME. A woman dressed as a priestess lights the Olympic flame during a ceremony in ancient Olympia, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

What would an Olympics cancelation cost Japan?

Mar 12, 2020 - 5:45 PM

At the end of 2019, organizers estimate the total cost of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at around $12.6 billion

SPECTACLE. The Olympic rings are displayed off the shore of the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Carlos Yulo prepares for 'surprise' performance in Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Mar 11, 2020 - 9:44 PM

World champion gymnast Carlos Yulo skips his signature floor exercise event in this month's tournament as he whips up a Tokyo 2020 Olympics surprise

'SURPRISE'. Carlos Yulo is determined to improve himself across all apparatuses in the 2020 Baku World Cup. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Tokyo Olympics organizing exec suggests 1-2 year delay over virus

Mar 11, 2020 - 4:51 PM

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, a Tokyo Games official says postponing the Olympics by one or two years may be more feasible

A picture taken in Lausanne, on October 3, 2019 shows the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP)

Could the Tokyo 2020 Olympics be canceled?

Mar 11, 2020 - 12:15 PM

In theory, the International Olympic Committee has the power to cancel or relocate the Games away from Tokyo as coronavirus cases rise

epa08251597 Visitors wearing face masks walk past the Olympic Rings monument in front of the Japan Olympic Committee headquarters near the new National Stadium, venue of the Opening and Closing Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, in Tokyo, Japan, 27 February 2020. Preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, scheduled to start on 24 July 2020, continue as planned despite the spreading Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, organizers confirmed. EPA-EFE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Olympic qualifier heartbreak more painful than breakup, says Petecio

Mar 09, 2020 - 11:31 PM

Nesthy Petecio succumbs to her Japanese foe as she falls short of nailing a slot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

FALL SHORT. Nesthy Petecio could not carry her winning ways from her gold-medal triumph in the Southeast Asian Games to the Olympic qualifiers. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Petecio fails first shot at Olympics

Mar 09, 2020 - 8:55 PM

World boxing champion Nesthy Petecio bows to her Japanese foe in the Olympic qualifiers as she misses her first try at securing a Tokyo 2020 ticket

ONE MORE CHANCE. Nesthy Petecio can still qualify for the Olympics through the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Eumir Felix Marcial books Tokyo 2020 Olympics slot

Mar 09, 2020 - 1:04 AM

(UPDATED) Filipino boxer Eumir Felix Marcial secures his maiden Olympic berth as he advances to the semifinals of the qualifiers

ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED. Eumir Felix Marcial qualifies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the men's middleweight category.Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Curry still plans on playing for USA in Tokyo Olympics

Mar 06, 2020 - 9:48 AM

'I feel like the first day of school all over again, which is exciting,' says Steph Curry as the Warriors star returns to action after 4 months

COMEBACK. Steph Curry says the Olympics has always been on his radar. Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP

PH boxers begin Tokyo 2020 Olympics quest in Jordan

Mar 01, 2020 - 9:23 PM

The Philippines sends a 10-pug delegation to the 2020 Asia and Oceania boxing Olympic qualifying tournament

CHAMPION. Nesthy Petecio vies for a maiden Olympic berth in the upcoming continental qualifiers. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Olympics chief: IOC 'committed' to Tokyo Games despite virus

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:40 AM

The fate of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been in the spotlight amid the widening virus outbreak

epa08251597 Visitors wearing face masks walk past the Olympic Rings monument in front of the Japan Olympic Committee headquarters near the new National Stadium, venue of the Opening and Closing Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, in Tokyo, Japan, 27 February 2020. Preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, scheduled to start on 24 July 2020, continue as planned despite the spreading Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, organizers confirmed. EPA-EFE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

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

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

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

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)

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

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

'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

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

Curry says he plans to play for USA at Tokyo Olympics

Sep 19, 2019 - 9:39 AM

After Team USA's World Cup debacle, NBA stars like Steph Curry may see action in the Olympics for the first time

ALL IN. Steph Curry says he's looking forward to the Olympic experience. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

PH Blu Girls shoot for Olympics berth in continental qualifier

Sep 15, 2019 - 1:49 PM

The Philippine women's softball team tests its mettle against Asian powerhouses for a slot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

ANOTHER CHANCE. The Philippine Blu Girls get another chance in qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo from release

Snowkyo 2020: Tokyo to test fake snow to cool Olympics

Sep 12, 2019 - 10:36 AM

Olympic organizers look for novel ways to keep fans and athletes cool during Tokyo's summer months

COOL DOWN. Tokyo may set up small snow-making machines in some Olympic sporting events. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

EJ Obiena nails Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:12 AM

The Filipino pole vaulter resets his Philippine record for the third time this year to secure a maiden Olympics stint

QUALIFIED. EJ Obiena makes the Tokyo 2020 Olympics cut. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

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

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

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

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

Tokyo 2020 unveils 'significant' budget cuts as costs spiral

Dec 22, 2017 - 3:48 PM

Tokyo is under pressure to keep costs low