Latest Japan Olympic Team News

Slingsby's Aussies go for SailGP hat trick at Saint-Tropez

Sep. 10, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

Tom Slingsby’s Team Australia will go for a hat trick this weekend in the SailGP global league's regatta in Saint-Tropez, France. The Aussies had dominating wins in the last two regattas, in England in mid-July and Denmark three weeks ago, even though they weren’t at...

US draws Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico for World Cup qualifying

Aug. 31, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

USA Basketball will face Puerto Rico, Mexico and Cuba in the first round of qualifying for the 2023 Basketball World Cup. The Americans, who won a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal in Tokyo but finished only seventh at the most recent Basketball World Cup two years...

Women’s world hockey championship drops puck after delay

Aug. 18, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The puck drops Friday on a women’s world hockey championship more than two years after the last one. Who’s counting? American forward Kendall Coyne Schofield is, for one. “The pinnacle of women’s hockey hasn’t been...

Olympics now ended, Japan races to vaccinate as virus surges

Aug. 13, 2021 04:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics have ended, but it's still vacation season in Japan, and many people are ignoring government pleas to avoid travel and stay away from bars and restaurants even as the coronavirus spikes at record levels. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is...

Japan mayor apologizes for biting athlete's gold medal

Aug. 12, 2021 11:19 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese mayor apologized Thursday for biting the Olympic gold medal of a softball player who had paid a courtesy visit after Japan beat the United States in the final. Nagoya mayor Takashi Kawamura had praised pitcher Miu Goto during the Aug. 4 visit,...

Japan leader's medical adviser urges tougher virus measures

Aug. 12, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A key medical adviser to Japan's prime minister said Thursday that surging infections in the Tokyo area are severely affecting medical systems, and urged the government to take stricter measures to drastically reduce people's activity. “If the infections...

Belarus sprinter feels safe, looks to future in Poland

Aug. 12, 2021 04:37 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — After all the turmoil of the last week, Krystsina Tsimanouskaya finally feels safe. The Belarusian Olympic sprinter who found refuge in Poland to avoid punishment at home after criticizing team officials at the Tokyo Games says she now hopes to...

Tokyo's Olympic fears give way to acceptance, to a point

Aug. 11, 2021 21:24 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — When the Tokyo Olympics began during a worsening pandemic in Japan, the majority of the host nation was in opposition, with Emperor Naruhito dropping the word “celebrating” from his opening declaration of welcome. But once the Games got underway and...

Australian team condemns double-quarantine for 16 Olympians

Aug. 11, 2021 03:54 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A strict four-week quarantine imposed on 16 athletes returning from the Tokyo Games has been criticized as “cruel and uncaring” by the Australian Olympic Committee. All travelers entering Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic are subjected to a...

Japan's PM thanks people for safe Olympics during pandemic

Aug. 09, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister thanked people for helping the country safely hold the Olympics despite the difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic. He noted the Games were delayed by a year and held under tight restrictions, but "I believe we were able to fulfill...