Latest Japan Olympic Team News

Tale of 2 Cities: Sapporo likes race move; Tokyo not much

Oct. 17, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Sapporo officials are thrilled with a proposal to move next year's Tokyo Olympic marathons to the northern Japanese city to avoid the summer heat in the city. That was not the case in Tokyo, where the reaction to the move seemed to catch city and organizing committee officials by surprise. "We...

Girardi out, Brosius in as US manager for Olympic qualifiers

Oct. 16, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Joe Girardi quit as manager of the U.S. baseball team trying to qualify for the Olympics before it played a single game. Girardi said Wednesday he is leaving to pursue a major league managing job. There are seven current openings. He will be replaced by Scott Brosius, who had been...

Osaka set to represent Japan at Tokyo Olympics

Oct. 10, 2019 9:07 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka says she intends to represent Japan at next year's Tokyo Olympics. The Olympic Channel says Osaka, who plays under a Japanese flag in WTA events and in the Fed Cup, has told national broadcaster NHK that she has started proceedings to choose Japanese...

USA softball coach: '20 team resembles '04 Olympic champs

Oct. 8, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Ken Eriksen has flashbacks when he looks at the U.S. Olympic softball roster. Eriksen was an assistant coach in 2004 when the United States won gold in Athens. Now the head coach, he sees a similar talent level, demeanor and focus in the squad that will head to the 2020 Olympics in...

Djokovic overpowers Goffin to reach Japan Open final

Oct. 5, 2019 6:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Novak Djokovic has been in dominant form at the Japan Open. That bodes well for the top-ranked Serb's chances of winning the gold medal at next year's Olympics. Playing on the same court that will host the tennis tournament at the Tokyo Olympics, Djokovic beat third-seeded David Goffin 6-3,...

Tokyo Games: Union wants venue inspection, worker interviews

Oct. 2, 2019 4:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An international labor union investigating worker safety and the use of migrant workers at venues for next year's Tokyo Olympics is asking for a joint inspection of construction sites and an open interview with workers. The Building and Wood Workers' International, in a report earlier this...

Tokyo Olympic organizers: 6,900 tickets bought through fraud

Sep. 30, 2019 4:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers are investigating the fraudulent purchase of 6,900 tickets worth 180 million yen ($1.67 million) that were obtained in an online lottery for Japan residents. "We are consulting with the police on this matter, and if there are other cases where unauthorized purchases...

Israel qualifies for Olympic baseball for 1st time

Sep. 22, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

Israel qualified for the Olympic baseball tournament for the first time, with former major leaguer Danny Valencia hitting a three-run homer in an 11-1, eight-inning rout of South Africa on Sunday at Parma, Italy. Israel earned the Europe/Africa berth and joined host Japan in the six-nation Olympic event, to be...

A first: 18 Olympic rugby players competing at World Cup

Sep. 18, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Fiji captain Leone Nakarawa has made the transition from 15-a-side to rugby sevens to pick up an Olympic gold medal and now he's back again in the traditional format aiming to take his country further than ever at the World Cup. Olympic rugby players will be contesting the Rugby World Cup for...

SKorea asks IOC to ban 'rising sun' flag at Tokyo Olympics

Sep. 11, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has formally asked the International Olympic Committee to ban the Japanese "rising sun" flag at next year's Tokyo Games, calling it a symbol of Japan's brutal wartime past and comparing it with the Nazi swastika. South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on...