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Olympic gold lures Federer to Tokyo Games

Oct 15, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Roger Federer shoots for the Olympic men's singles gold medal – the only major prize he has yet to win

STAR-STUDDED. Roger Federer completed the Big 3 in the Tokyo Olympics as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal also vow to compete next year. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

EJ Obiena proud to be 1st Filipino to make 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Oct 12, 2019 - 5:23 PM

'I didn't know I'm the first Filipino. That just changed my world. I take pride in that,' says pole vault star EJ Obiena

OLYMPIC BERTH. EJ Obiena focuses on his maiden Olympic berth. Photo from EJ Obiena's Instagram (@soon_ej)

Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics

Oct 11, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Tennis star Naomi Osaka gives up her US citizenship to play for Japan in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

SPECIAL. A household name in Japan, Naomi Osaka says it gives her a 'special feeling' to play for her mother’s birth country. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

Tokyo training pays off for Olympic-bound gymnast Yulo

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Filipino teen gymnast Carlos Yulo transforms from a shy kid to a celebrated Olympic bet

TRAILBLAZER. Carlos Yulo performs on the pommel horse in the men’s all-around qualifiers of the World Championships in Germany. Photo by Janet Tenorio/Photo release

Carlos Yulo overcomes jitters to clinch Olympic berth

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Carlos Yulo's World Championships performance books him a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

HISTORY. Carlos Edriel Yulo does a difficult routine on the parallel bars of the all-around qualifiers in the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships on Monday, October 7 at the Hans Martin Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. Photo from release

Carlos Yulo qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:28 AM

Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo becomes the second Filipino to make it to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

IMPRESSIVE. Carlos Yulo qualifies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at 19 years old. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Alvin Pasaol forgoes PBA Draft to chase PH 3x3 Olympic dream

Sep 20, 2019 - 6:03 PM

A potential PBA first-round draft pick, Alvin Pasaol opts to focus on the Philippines’ bid to qualify in Olympic 3x3 basketball

DRIVEN. Alvin Pasaol (right) thinks the Philippines has a strong shot at earning a 3x3 Olympic qualifier slot. Photo release

Doncic's Slovenia handed Olympic qualifying chance

Sep 20, 2019 - 12:17 PM

NBA Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic hopes to debut in the 2020 Olympics as Slovenia secures a berth in the qualifying tournament

LAST CHANCE. Luka Doncic vies to lead Slovenia's final shot at a 2020 Olympic seat. Photo by Andy Lyons/AFP

Gilas expectedly misses Olympic cut as Serbia leads qualifiers pool

Sep 19, 2019 - 7:39 PM

The Philippines won't see action in the Olympic qualifiers after failing to make the cut in the FIBA wild card

Photo from fiba.basketball

Magic 'Dream Team' jersey among items in sports auction

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:25 PM

The No. 15 USA jersey Magic Johnson wore for the 1992 Olympic 'Dream Team' may fetch the biggest bid

Photo by Jesse Grant/AFP

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

Popovich 'thrilled' as U.S. qualifies for Tokyo 2020 basketball

Sep 10, 2019 - 9:08 AM

Team USA secures a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth as it chases its 4th straight FIBA World Cup crown

OLYMPICS-BOUND. Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers leads US against the Brazilians with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Photo from FIBA

Gilas Pilipinas' Olympic bid still alive as China gets boot

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:59 AM

The Philippines may be winless in the FIBA World Cup, but it still has a shot at the best Asian team honor that comes with an outright Tokyo Olympics berth

IN THE RUNNING. Gilas Pilipinas needs to win its remaining two games in the classification stage to have a chance at an automatic Olympic berth. Photo from fiba.basketball


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

Tokyo tests athlete transport ahead of 2020 Olympics

Aug 26, 2019 - 7:57 PM

Organizers are trying to gauge the effect of the Olympics on traffic with 11,000 athletes due to participate in the Games

BIGGEST SPORTING STAGE. Expectations are high as Tokyo hosts the upcoming Summer Games. File Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP


100-day countdown: Is PH all set for the 2019 SEA Games?

Aug 21, 2019 - 5:42 PM

Check out the major developments 100 days before the country hosts the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

COUNTING DOWN. The 2019 Southeast Asian Games is set to unfold in 100 days. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

PH tankers make Tokyo 2020 Olympics B cut

Aug 19, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Luke Gebbie and Remedy Rule are the first Filipino swimmers to make the Olympic Selection Time B for Tokyo 2020

STAR SWIMMERS. Remedy Rule (left) and Luke Gebbie moves a step into qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photos courtesy of Lani Velasco/Philippine Swimming Inc

Philippine football chief appointed chef de mission to Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Aug 13, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Mariano Araneta is set to lead Team Philippines in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

OLYMPICS-BOUND. Mariano 'Nonong' Araneta  of the Philippine Football Federation is responsible for the national athletes bound for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Daniel Caluag picked for Tokyo 2020 Olympics BMX test event

Aug 09, 2019 - 6:03 PM

Former Asian Games gold medalist Daniel Caluag is one of the 64 riders in the world picked to join the Tokyo 2020 Olympics' BMX test run

OLYMPIC BID. Daniel Caluag shows promise in qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Hidilyn Diaz receives P2 million for Tokyo 2020 Olympics bid

Aug 09, 2019 - 3:58 PM

The country's top weightlifter gets financial support to pump up her bid to win the country's first Olympic gold medal

TOP WEIGHTLIFTER. Hidilyn Diaz wins the 2018 Asian Games women's 53kg weightlifting gold. File photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Bambol Tolentino to be 'more hands-on' as POC president

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:23 PM

New Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino aims to unite the board in preparation for the country's hosting of the 2019 SEA Games

START RIGHT NOW. Bambol Tolentino shifts his focus to the 2019 SEA Games, ASEAN Para Games and Tokyo 2020 Olympics in his term as POC president. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

'Time to work': New POC president Tolentino focuses on 2019 SEA Games

Jul 28, 2019 - 6:48 PM

The Philippine Olympic Committee must prioritize the country's hosting of the 2019 SEA Games in 4 months, according to its newly elected president Bambol Tolentino

DETERMINED. Bambol Tolentino makes sure that the POC stays on track with the 2019 SEA Games preparations. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Starting over: Bambol Tolentino elected as new POC president

Jul 28, 2019 - 3:16 PM

(UPDATED) Bambol Tolentino takes over the remaining term left by former POC president Ricky Vargas

NEW PRESIDENT. Bambol Tolentino is set to lead the POC until the end of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Going for gold: Tokyo unveils 2020 Olympics medal designs

Jul 24, 2019 - 8:04 PM

The Olympic medals, made from recycled materials collected from old electronics, come on ribbons that use traditional Japanese checkered patterns and graphics

GLITTERY. The 2020 Olympic medals reflect myriad patterns of light to symbolize the energy of the athletes. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

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

Mayweather made 'special advisor' to China boxing team

Jul 24, 2019 - 11:12 AM

China hopes to boost its boxing medal count at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with retired superstar Floyd Mayweather

NEW CHALLENGE. Floyd Mayweather, whose perfect 50-0 record includes a conquest of Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao, reportedly plans to 'go all-out' with the Chinese team. Photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

Facing Olympic hotel shortage, Tokyo looks offshore

Jul 18, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Docked ships operating as floating hotels may soon be a common sight as Japan braces for an expected surge of Olympic fans

Olympic rings are pictured near the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on May 22, 2019. - Japan will host the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics from July 24 to August 9 next year. (Photo by Charly TRIBALLEAU / 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

Bambol Tolentino to run for Philippine Olympic Committee president

Jul 04, 2019 - 4:33 PM

The Philippine cycling chief expresses his intent to run for the position vacated by Ricky Vargas

FOR PRESIDENT. Bambol Tolentino steps down as POC chairman to run for POC president. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Olympic body reminds POC to follow 'due process' for elections

Jul 04, 2019 - 8:27 AM

'It must be noted that that the POC has had many opportunities to resolve these issues internally and peacefully, however, has not managed to do so until now,' writes the IOC

DUE PROCESS. Former POC chairman Bambol Tolentino steps down from his position. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

POC delays special elections as Olympic body steps in

Jul 01, 2019 - 6:20 PM

'If we don't comply with the IOC, the SEA Games might be affected,' says Philippine Olympic Committee secretary-general Charlie Ho

COMPLIANCE. POC secretary-general Charlie Ho says that the national Olympic Committee will comply with the instructions of the IOC and OCA. Contributed photo

Olympic body orders POC to resolve issues 'very quickly'

Jul 01, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The International Olympic Committee and Olympic Council of Asia believe the POC has 'negatively' affected the Olympic movement's reputation

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

Italian job: 2026 Winter Olympics to be staged in Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo

Jun 25, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Italy beats off a bid from Sweden to host the Winter Games for the third time

BACK IN ITALY. Cortina d'Ampezzo will be home to the Winter Olympics for the second time. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP


POC to stage 2nd special elections on July 5

Jun 25, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The Philippine Olympic Committee is in for another leadership shake-up

NEXT LEADER. POC chairman Bambol Tolentino (left) argues that 1st vice president Joey Romasanta is not qualified to succeed former POC president Ricky Vargas. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

South Korean Olympians in sexual harassment incident

Jun 25, 2019 - 5:00 PM

An Olympic short track medalist, who has not been identified, sexually harasses another male Games podium finisher

Photo from Shutterstock


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