Elias Tolentino, 1960s basketball star, dies at 75

Nov 20, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Elias Tolentino was mainstay of the Philippine national team from 1963 to 1968, highlighted by his seeing action in the 1968 Mexico Olympics

Oscar De La Hoya says, 'I'd take McGregor in two'

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:07 PM

First, De la Hoya called the Mayweather-McGregor fight a farce, now he wants to challenge the Irish mixed martial arts star himself

ANOTHER CHALLENGE. Irish mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor poses upon arrival to attend the world premiere of the documentary film 'Conor McGregor: Notorious' at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin, Ireland on November 1. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

World anti-doping body refuses to lift Russia suspension

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:09 PM

The refusal to lift the suspension raises the specter of Russia's possible ban from February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang

RUSADA HQ. In this file photo, a man walks outside the office building which houses the headquarters of Russia's anti-doping agency (RUSADA) in Moscow on November 10, 2015. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Visa-free entry for Filipinos for 2018 Winter Games in South Korea – report

Nov 09, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The South Korean government says it will temporarily allow visa-free entry for tourists from 3 Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines, until April 2018, if they enter through the Yangyang International Airport

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

Winter Olympics: South Korea 'ready to welcome world,' including North Korea

Nov 03, 2017 - 7:15 PM

'Korea is ready to welcome the world. We will welcome all eligible athletes and National Olympic Committees (NOCs), including (North) Korea,' says an Olympic official

WELCOME, WORLD, Korean performers pose on the steps during the 100 Days Out 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Celebration - Team USA in Times Square on November 1, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Olympic flame lands in South Korea for 2018 Winter Games

Nov 01, 2017 - 3:59 PM

The Winter Games in Pyeongchang will be held from February 9 to 25, but have been marred by slow ticket sales and the looming menace of nuclear-armed North Korea

TORCH CEREMONY. South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-Yon (L) and figure skater You Young (C), the first torchbearer of the country, pose with the Olympic torch during a ceremony of the start the Olympic torch relay across South Korea at Incheon bridge, west of Seoul, on November 1, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

The week in photos: October 21-27, 2017

Oct 28, 2017 - 2:50 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

CHAT. Pope Francis (R) speaks during a video conference connection with the International Space Station (ISS), at the Vatican on 26 October, 2017. Photo by Osservatore Romeno/AFP

POC chair Cojuangco promises 5 Olympic golds in 2020

Oct 01, 2017 - 5:32 PM

The Philippines has won just a single medal in the 13 years Peping Cojuangco has been chair of the POC. Now he's promising 5 in Tokyo.

BOLD PREDICTION. POC president Jose Cojuangco is talking big about the Philippines' chances in 2020, but wouldn't say who he thought would deliver those 5 gold medals. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Michael Martinez finishes 8th in Nebelhorn Trophy

Sep 30, 2017 - 8:29 PM

The Filipino figure skater misses the cut for the 2018 Winter Olympics that will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea

MISSED CUT. Philippines' top figure skater bows out in qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Russia court issues arrest warrant for doping whistleblower

Sep 28, 2017 - 5:39 PM

Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov is the former director of Moscow's anti-doping lab that oversaw drug testing at the 2014 Sochi Olympics

Paris, Los Angeles confirmed as Olympic hosts

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:27 AM

In a drama free conclusion to a 3 year bidding race IOC members vote unanimously to rubber stamp a deal for Paris to be given 2024 and Los Angeles 2028

WINNERS ALL. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (C) poses for pictures with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (L) and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti during the 131st IOC session in Lima on September 13, 2017. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Christopher Camat: The Filipino boxer who fought Gennady Golovkin

Sep 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM

In 2004 Gennady Golovkin began his road to the Olympics with a qualifying tournament in the Philippines Christopher Camat a Filipino American was his final opponent in Palawan

QUALIFIER. Filipino-American boxer Christopher Camat has first-hand experience against unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, who faces Saul "Canelo" Alvarez this weekend in the most anticipated boxing fight of the year. Photo from Camat's Facebook

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

No hint of threat to 2018 Olympics – Bach

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:49 AM

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach downplayed security fears surrounding the 2018 Winter Olympics

NO HINT OF FEAR. "There is not even a hint that there is a threat for the security of the games in the context of the tensions between North Korea and some other countries." Photo from PyeongChang Olympics 2018

No 'Plan B' for 2018 Winter Olympics – Pyeongchang chief

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:04 AM

The head of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics says there is no plan B to move the Games as nuclear tensions escalate on the Korean peninsula

This photo taken February 4, 2017 shows a big banner at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre, a venue for the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, in Pyeongchang. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Brazil police say Rio Olympics were bought in corrupt scheme

Sep 06, 2017 - 8:01 AM

Brazilian police say in a statement they are probing an international corruption scheme aimed at the buying of votes for the election of Rio by the International Olympic Committee as the venue for the 2016 Olympics

A picture taken during a sports event to mark the 100-day-countdown to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, at the Central do Brasil train staion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 27, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/File/AFP

POC opts for simple turnover in SEA Games closing ceremony

Aug 30, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Cojuangco says the country should save up for the 2019 hosting of the Games instead

SIMPLE TURNOVER. The POC will pass on an elaborate turnover ceremony, which was estimated to cost P8.1 million. Photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Ex-Palawan governor Joel Reyes convicted of graft over mining permit

Aug 30, 2017 - 2:10 PM

He chose to intentionally and willfully ignore his responsibilities and conveniently relied only on the recommendation of the mining regulatory board says the Sandiganbayan

CONVICTED. Former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, shown here when booked for murder charges, is convicted of graft over an anomalous mining permit he issued to a small-scale mining company in 2006. Photo from PNP Public Information Office.

Boystown runner bags gold in 1st Milo Little Olympics Visayas

Aug 26, 2017 - 5:44 PM

Jessie Abelgos love for the sport bloomed under the guidance SEA Games 2017 marathon gold medalist Mary Joy Tabal and coach John Philip Dueñas

INSPIRED. Jessie Abelgos (left) was urged by his mother to attend school in SMS Boystown in Cebu. Sitting next to him is SMS Boystown local superior Sr Emelan Lee (right). Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

'Superhuman' wanted – Bolt exit leaves vacuum to fill

Aug 14, 2017 - 3:00 PM

At one point athletics resembled Usain Bolt down and out on the track Now the sport is rebuilding its image

'Deal of a lifetime' as LA council endorses 2028 Olympic bid

Aug 12, 2017 - 1:42 PM

The vote means that Los Angeles Paris and OIC now join forces on a 3 way agreement

OLYMPICS. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at the announcement of the city's bid to host the 2028 Olympics. A potential deal breaker is whether state legislature will approve the $250 million guarantee to cover possible cost overruns for the Olympiad. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/AFP

LA City Council urged to approve 2028 Games deal

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:29 PM

The City Administrative Officer and Office of the Chief Legislative Analyst outline risks in shifting to 2028

OLYMPICS. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at the announcement of the city's bid to host the 2028 Olympics. A potential deal breaker is whether state legislature will approve the $250 million guarantee to cover possible cost overruns for the Olympiad. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/AFP

Violence, chaos plagues Rio one year after Olympics

Aug 03, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Rio de Janeiro today is unrecognizable from the feel good city greeting the world at the Olympics in 2016

DILAPIDATED. Picture of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium which hosted the swimming competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, taken on May 27, 2017 and which is planned to be dismantled. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

POC appeals for Philippines to host 2019 SEA Games

Aug 02, 2017 - 5:09 PM

The POC penned a letter dated July 27 2017 appealing for President Duterte to support the hosting of the 30th SEA Games

APPEAL. The Philippine Olympic Committee is appealing to President Duterte to support the Philippines hosting the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. File Photo by Joel Nito/AFP

Olympics: LA agrees to host 2028 Games, Paris set for 2024

Aug 01, 2017 - 6:43 AM

UPDATED Los Angeles announces its intent to host the 2028 Summer Olympics after agreeing a deal with Games officials that paves the way for Paris to host in 2024

This file photo taken on May 11, 2017 shows journalists visiting the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as the IOC Evaluation Commission continues with its visit to Los Angeles, California. Frederick J. Brown/AFP

Brazil court dismisses lying charges against swimmer Ryan Lochte

Jul 16, 2017 - 1:19 AM

Prosecutors can appeal the ruling and Lochte still faces other charges in Brazil

OLYMPIC EMBARRASSMENT. Ryan Lochte had been suspended for 10 months over a night of revelry gone wrong in Brazil. Photo by Patrick Kraemer/EPA

Olympics: Paris, LA both poised to win race to host Games

Jul 11, 2017 - 3:24 PM

The International Olympic Committee is poised to hand the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games to Paris and Los Angeles with a landmark double hosting deal set to be approved

This file photo taken on May 11, 2017 shows journalists visiting the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as the IOC Evaluation Commission continues with its visit to Los Angeles, California, before a visit to Paris and the September vote for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Frederick J Brown/AFP

Far from Olympic glory, refugee judoka fights humble battle

Jul 06, 2017 - 12:36 PM

Eleven months after the Rio Olympics Popole Misenga is still poor living in two tiny rooms with his partner and children thousands of miles from his African homeland

FIGHT CONTINUES. Thousands of miles from his homeland, Popole Misenga lives in a Rio favela, where even jogging can be dangerous. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

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

A more mature Michael Christian Martinez guns for Olympics slot

Jun 07, 2017 - 8:31 PM

Martinez is working hard to make his dream of competing in the Winter Olympics again a reality He aims to qualify via the Nebelhorn Trophy this September

WISER, MORE MATURE. Michael Christian Martinez, seen here during the 2017 World Championships, aims for another Winter Olympics ticket, this time as a more mature person and skater. Photo from ISU World Figure Skating Championships Helsinki 2017 Facebook page

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

Filipino Olympian Ian Lariba diagnosed with leukemia

May 30, 2017 - 10:50 AM

The De La Salle University table tennis star will undergo treatment this week according to a statement from De La Salle University

LEUKEMIA. Ian Lariba, Filipino Olympian and La Salle table tennis star, is diagnosed with leukemia. File Photo from Rappler

Nadal: 'I almost destroyed wrist at French Open'

May 26, 2017 - 6:37 PM

Rafael Nadal aims to achieve what should have been done last year: win his 10th Roland Garros title

A PERFECT 10. A 10th Monte Carlo Masters and a 10th title in Barcelona. Now Rafael Nadal targets what many in the sport thought was impossible: a 10th Roland Garros. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Alibaba backs decision to add video games to 'Asia Olympics'

Apr 20, 2017 - 7:28 PM

The decision by the Olympic Council of Asia OCA to debut the new category during the games in the eastern city of Hangzhou raised eyebrows

E-SPORTS IN ASIA GAMES 2022. The Olympic Council of Asia and Alisports of China announce their partnership to bring e-sports to the official sports program of the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. Image from ocasia.org

PSC commish Fernandez files libel complaint vs POC president

Apr 04, 2017 - 10:52 PM

The complaint stems from POC president Jose Cojuangco s allegedly defamatory statements that PSC commissioner Ramon Fernandez was involved in game fixing during his PBA days

LIBEL. Ramon Fernandez files libel charges against Peping Cojuangco in Cebu. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

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Michael Christian Martinez's 2018 Olympic stint not yet certain

Apr 02, 2017 - 1:15 PM

UPDATED The International Skating Union confirms via email that Martinez did not qualify for the 2018 Games via the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships

UNCERTAIN. Michael Christian Martinez's participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics is uncertain due to a technicality. File Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Michael Christian Martinez qualifies for 2018 Olympics

Apr 01, 2017 - 9:32 PM

Martinez skates back to the Olympics after finishing 24th at the World Figure Skating Championships in Finland

ICEY SMILE. Michael Christian Martinez snaps a selfie with fellow figure skaters Nathan Chen, Brendan Kerry, and Patrick Chan in Finland. Photo from SM Skating's Twitter account

Afghan women swimmers defy threats for Olympic dream

Mar 29, 2017 - 2:49 PM

A 25 year old coach s story epitomizes the struggle to swim in a conservative landlocked conflict plagued country that largely opposes women taking part in sports

OLYMPIC DREAMS. In this photograph taken on March 18, 2017, Afghan swimmer and coach Elena Saboori, 25, head of the newly created Women's Swimming Committee, gestures as she speaks during an interview with AFP in a house in Kabul. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/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

Budapest withdraws 2024 Olympic hosting bid; LA, Paris remain

Feb 23, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Budapest follows Rome and Hamburg to withdraw leaving Paris and Los Angeles in the running to host

DOWN TO TWO. Paris and Los Angeles remain the last two cities in the race to host the 2024 Olympics. Photo by Patrick Kovarik/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

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

North Korea urged to join 'peace' Olympics in South

Feb 08, 2017 - 12:37 PM

Anyone who loves peace should participate have the right to participate There is no exception North Korea is not the exception

The emblem of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics is seen on an advertisement board outside the city hall in Seoul on January 26, 2016. Jung Yeong-Je/AFP

Lady Gaga to headline Rock in Rio

Feb 07, 2017 - 10:54 AM

Lady Gaga is set to join groups such as Aerosmith Bon Jovi and the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the Rock in Rio music festival this September

Usain Bolt turns in Olympic medal, says 'rules are rules'

Jan 28, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Bolt returns one of his nine medals but doesn t believe it will take away from what he s done in his career

HISTORIC MOMENT. Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after he won the Men's 100m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016. Johannes Eisele/AFP

Usain Bolt loses one Olympic gold after teammate fails drug test

Jan 26, 2017 - 4:42 AM

Bolt s Olympic gold total falls to 8 after a retest of his 2008 relay teammate Nesta Carter s sample tests positive for a banned substance

"HEARTBREAKING." Jamaica's Usain Bolt is deprived of one of his "triple-triples" due to no fault of his own. Johannes Eisele/AFP