Latest 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games News

Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee diagnosed with leukemia

Feb. 12, 2019 2:45 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee has been diagnosed with leukemia less than 18 months before the Olympics in Tokyo. The 18-year-old Ikee won six gold medals at the Asian Games in Jakarta last year and was tipped to be one of the faces of the 2020 Olympics in her home country. She posted on...

South Korea picks Seoul for 2032 Olympic bid

Feb. 11, 2019 6:47 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has chosen its capital, Seoul, for its bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics, which it hopes to jointly host with rival North Korea as a peace gesture. South Korea's Olympic committee announced the decision after a meeting Monday in which Seoul received 34 of 49 votes,...

Tokyo Olympic CEO says no need for Takeda to resign

Feb. 1, 2019 6:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The chief executive of Tokyo's Olympic organizing committee said Friday there is no need for another top Japanese official to resign despite being investigated in a bribery scandal. Toshiro Muto defended Tsunekazu Takeda, who is the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee and a vice president...

Japanese fans celebrate Osaka's rise to top of tennis world

Jan. 26, 2019 10:07 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Led by a congratulatory tweet from the prime minister, Japan reveled in Naomi Osaka's dramatic Australian Open win on Sunday. Osaka beat Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 on Saturday to claim a second consecutive Grand Slam singles title. The 21-year-old Osaka also became the first tennis player...

Field hockey aims for combined Korea in Olympic qualifying

Jan. 25, 2019 6:47 AM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The governing body of field hockey says it is working with South Korea and North Korea to combine teams and try to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The International Hockey Federation hosted both Korean federations in Lausanne last week to discuss "future steps to reach the...

US Olympic swimmer Nathan Adrian has testicular cancer

Jan. 25, 2019 2:23 AM EST

Five-time Olympic champion swimmer Nathan Adrian has been diagnosed with testicular cancer, but he plans to continue training for the 2020 Tokyo Games. Adrian revealed the news on his verified Twitter account on Thursday, saying he recently went to the doctor because "something didn't seem quite right." He was...

French Olympic probe raises questions about Japanese firm

Jan. 23, 2019 11:10 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — An investigation by French prosecutors into alleged vote-buying connected with Tokyo winning the 2020 Olympics has raised questions about one of Japan's most powerful companies, the giant advertising and marketing agency Dentsu Inc. From its 48-story headquarters in central Tokyo, Dentsu is...

The Latest: Russia praises cooperation with WADA

Jan. 22, 2019 12:07 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russian doping scandal (all times local): ___ 8 p.m. Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov says the World Anti-Doping Agency engaged in "constructive cooperation" on a much-criticized data transfer. Russian authorities turned over crucial data from the Moscow lab at the center...

Olympic ethics panel closes case on IOC member Gilady

Jan. 21, 2019 9:10 AM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC says its ethics commission ended an investigation into Olympic official Alex Gilady after cases of alleged sexual harassment were settled in Israel. The International Olympic Committee says its ethics panel closed the file after all parties "accepted their respective...

Takeda corruption probe sullies 2020 Tokyo Olympics and IOC

Jan. 15, 2019 3:44 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tsunekazu Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee and a powerful IOC member, again denied corruption allegations against him, suggesting on Tuesday that any guilt was with others at the Japanese body. Takeda read a seven-minute prepared text and then took no questions from...