Latest Japan Olympic Team News

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...

A shocker: US beaten by France 89-79 in World Cup quarters

Sep. 11, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

DONGGUAN, China (AP) — No gold. No medal. No more winning streak. The U.S. reign atop international basketball has ended — this time, thwarted by France at the World Cup. For the first time since 2006, the U.S. sent NBA players to a major international tournament and won't win gold. Evan Fournier...

France, Australia into World Cup quarters; US must wait

Sep. 7, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

France and Australia reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Saturday. They join Serbia, Spain, Poland and Argentina in the final eight. The last two quarterfinal spots will be decided Monday when the United States (4-0) faces Brazil (3-1) and Greece (2-2) plays the Czech Republic (3-1). The U.S. is in the...