Latest France Olympic Team News

Japanese Olympic Committee head resigns amid bribery scandal

Mar. 19, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tsunekazu Takeda is stepping down as the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee amid a vote-buying scandal that French investigators suspect helped Tokyo land next year's Olympics. Takeda announced Tuesday at the committee's executive board meeting that he will resign when his term ends...

In France, the Force is strong with lightsaber dueling

Feb. 18, 2019 1:58 PM EST

BEAUMONT-SUR-OISE, France (AP) — Master Yoda, dust off his French, he must. It's now easier than ever in France to act out "Star Wars" fantasies, because its fencing federation has borrowed from a galaxy far, far away and officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport, granting the iconic...

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...

1 major goal achieved for Mahut-Herbert; next goal is gold

Jan. 27, 2019 3:48 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Not long after Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut completed their career Grand Slam in men's doubles, the Frenchmen were already turning their attention to the next goal. And that's gold. Mahut and Herbert beat Henri Kontinen of Finland and John Peers of Australia 6-4, 7-6...

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...