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Publishing executive charged in Tokyo Olympic bribes scandal

Oct. 04, 2022 03:36 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A top executive at a major Japanese publisher was charged Tuesday with bribing a former Tokyo Olympics organizing committee member. The charges against Tsuguhiko Kadokawa, a major figure in Japan’s movie and entertainment industry, are the latest in the unfolding...

Tokyo Olympics bribery arrests widens to third Japan sponsor

Sep. 27, 2022 04:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Bribery allegations against a former Tokyo Olympics organizing committee member ensnared a third company that sponsored the Games, as Japanese prosecutors “re-arrested” Haruyuki Takahashi for the third time Tuesday. The latest allegations of dubious payments...

No Bird, Griner, Taurasi: US still favorite to win World Cup

Sep. 20, 2022 23:51 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — The U.S. women's basketball roster has undergone major changes since the Americans won gold at the Tokyo Olympics last year with Sue Bird retired and Brittney Griner in a Russian jail. Even without Bird and Griner — and no Diana Taurasi — the U.S. is the favorite...

Tokyo Olympics sponsorship scandal widens with more arrests

Sep. 06, 2022 04:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Bribery allegations against a former Tokyo Olympics organizing committee member widened Tuesday as Japanese prosecutors “re-arrested” Haruyuki Takahashi in a case involving suspected payments from a publisher which became a sponsor for the Games. The latest...

A year away: USA Basketball ramps up World Cup preparations

Aug. 24, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — There is no roster of players. No schedule for games, either. USA Basketball hasn’t even qualified for next year’s World Cup yet, and probably won’t be able to clinch one of the 32 spots in that field until November at the earliest. The countdown is on...

Japan makes arrests on bribery suspicions in Tokyo Olympics

Aug. 17, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A former Tokyo Olympic organizing committee board member and three people from a clothing company that was a surprise sponsor of the 2020 Games were arrested on bribery suspicions Wednesday. Haruyuki Takahashi, 78, a former executive at advertising company Dentsu, is...

Report: Tokyo Olympic board member under investigation

Jul. 26, 2022 01:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Prosecutors searched the home of former Tokyo Olympic organizing committee executive board member Haruyuki Takahashi on Tuesday in connection with payments made to him by an Olympic sponsor of the Tokyo Games, the Japanese news agency Kyodo reported. Kyodo said...

Tokyo Olympic aftermath still being untangled a year later

Jul. 21, 2022 01:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics survived the COVID-19 postponement, soaring expenses and some public opposition. A year later, the costs and benefits remain as difficult to untangle as the Games were to pull off. In his speech at the closing ceremony, IOC President Thomas Bach said...

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu stepping away from competitive skating

Jul. 19, 2022 06:45 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan is stepping away from competitive figure skating, he said Tuesday. Hanyu seemed to leave the door open to a possible return of some sort. However, most of his focus seemed to be on skating professionally in exhibitions. ...

Tokyo chosen to host 2025 track world championships

Jul. 14, 2022 22:40 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Track and field officials awarded the 2025 world championships to Tokyo on Thursday, bringing runners, jumpers and throwers back to the home of last year's Olympics, where they competed in front of mostly empty stands. The World Athletics Council awarded the...