Tokyo 2020 Olympics - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Tokyo 2020 Olympics


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

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

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

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

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