PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that the government will help fund 5,000 local facilities to allow more people to practice sports, especially in the country’s poorest areas, ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympics.
Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine has been banned from competition for 10 years by the International Judo Federation after his withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics to avoid a potential bout against an Israeli opponent.
TOKYO (AP) — Despite the pandemic, the one-year delay and the soaring costs, the Japanese public may still find a sweet spot for the Tokyo Olympics, the way it did for the storied 1964 Games.
TOKYO (AP) — Although these Olympics have been plagued by unprecedented challenges and many public setbacks for the host nation, they are already the most successful in Japan's entire sporting history when measured from the top of the medal podium.
CHIBA, Japan (AP) — Japan has broken its own record for gold medals at a single Olympic Games. The host nation still has nine days of competition to go.
The Japanese men's 45-36 win over Russian fencers in the final of the team épée on Friday brought up the 17th gold medal for Japan in Tokyo.
TOKYO (AP) — Although Teddy Riner has already summited almost every peak in judo during his incredible career, the 10-time world champion heavyweight from France spent the past half-decade working for a chance to match Olympic history with three consecutive gold medals.
TOKYO (AP) — Shohei Ono made two of his first three opponents cry when he returned to judo at the Tokyo Olympics after 18 mysterious months away.
These were not small tears, either. Loud, body-shaking sobs emanated from the men who had to walk behind Ono in defeat through the otherwise hushed halls of the Budokan, giving voice to the anguish of extraordinary athletes whose lifetimes of preparation had still left them unequipped to survive four minutes against Japan's elusive judo superstar.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Nora Gjakova brought some semblance of joy to Kosovo by winning its second Tokyo Olympics judo gold medal on Monday.
With her country in mourning following the death of 10 people in a road accident on Sunday, the 28-year-old Gjakova took the title with an ippon victory over France’s Sarah-Leonie Cysique in the women’s 57-kilogram division.
TOKYO (AP) — Naohisa Takato spent the past five years fixated on a vision.
He saw himself standing on the podium at the Nippon Budokan alongside Funa Tonaki with judo gold medals around their necks, basking in the cheers of their adoring home crowd on the opening night of the Tokyo Olympics.
TOKYO (AP) — Tohar Butbul could only shake his head in resignation after the Israeli judo star's first two potential opponents dropped out of the Tokyo Olympics shortly before they would have faced him.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The whole of Kosovo celebrated Saturday after Distria Krasniqi won the Olympic gold medal in judo, the second-ever Olympic medal for the tiny western Balkan country that became independent only 13 years ago.
TOKYO (AP) — An Algerian judo athlete will be sent home from the Tokyo Olympics after he withdrew from the competition to avoid potentially facing an Israeli opponent.
Fethi Nourine and his coach, Amar Benikhlef, told Algerian media they were withdrawing to avoid a possible second-round matchup with Israel's Tohar Butbul in the men's 73 kg division on Monday.
TOKYO (AP) — The first day of full competition of the Tokyo Games could mark the turning point for an uneasy Japanese public that overwhelmingly disapproved of the Olympics being held during the pandemic.
TOKYO (AP) — The Nippon Budokan sits serenely nestled in a verdant park at the heart of Tokyo. Visitors admire the elegant lines of its Buddhist temple-based design before they step into the graceful reverence of the arena, where countless martial arts champions have been crowned since it opened in 1964 with the first Olympic judo tournament.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM RIO: Japan topped the medal table again with three golds and 12 total, reasserting itself as the sport's dominant team behind fearsome lightweight Shohei Ono after a relatively poor performance at the London Games.
Judo is coming home at the Tokyo Olympics, and the Japanese team is under a world of pressure.
Fortunately for the host nation, this powerhouse group of athletes is eager to rise to the momentousness of this moment in their sport, which was born in Japan and introduced to the Olympics at the previous Tokyo Games 57 years ago.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A 7-year-old Taiwanese boy has died after being repeatedly slammed by his coach and others at a judo class.
The boy, identified only by his surname, Huang, was taken off life support on Tuesday night after being in a coma since the April 21 incident.
PARIS (AP) — Six French athletes have spoken about being gay and shared difficult experiences they had during their formative years.
A documentary by Canal Plus called “Faut qu’on parle” (We have to talk) interviewed three women and three men.
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo has been “cornered” into holding the games during the coronavirus pandemic, one of Japan’s best-known Olympians and an executive member of the Japanese Olympic Committee said in an outspoken editorial published Friday.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran was suspended by judo’s world governing body on Thursday as punishment for refusing to let its athletes face opponents from Israel.
The International Judo Federation imposed a four-year ban after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ordered a disciplinary review last month which said a previous indefinite ban was not allowed.
DOUGLAS, Wyo. (AP) — The stakes were clear to the two dozen police officers who gathered for a workshop with an ambitious and increasingly urgent mission — recalibrating the way police interact with the public in America...
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A group of athletes and human rights activists is calling on the IOC to sanction Iran's Olympic program for what it says is the country's long-running pattern of ordering athletes to avoid competing against Israelis in international events.
TOKYO (AP) — Yoshiro Mori's replacement as president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee is expected to be named very quickly...
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic judo champion Rafaela Silva has lost her appeal against a two-year doping ban and will miss the Tokyo Games...
TOKYO (AP) — Japan is the home of judo, and the 19th-century martial art is sure to get more attention at home than any other sport at next year's Tokyo Olympics...
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Saeid Mollaei has been in hiding since he left the Iranian judo team last month, saying he had been ordered to withdraw from the world championships on political grounds...
TOKYO (AP) — A judo world champion from Iran is afraid to return home after disobeying orders from the government to withdraw from the world championships in Tokyo to avoid a potential bout against an Israeli opponent...
Representatives from Fort Wayne's Turnstone approached the City Council Tuesday to ask for support in spreading the word about next summer's International Blind Sports Federation Goalball and Judo international qualifier.
HANAPEPE — Hagen Barriga takes judo at the Hanapepe Judo Dojo and Saturday was an opportunity for the young boy to try wrestling, said his mother, Jocelyn Barriga who watched the action.
Wrestling in the 10-year-old bracket, Hagen topped Addi Jensen by decision.
MOSCOW, Idaho – The Idaho football program addressed several pressing needs and signed a couple of players with familiar last names to start National Signing Day.
As of mid-morning on Wednesday, the Vandals had signed 16 players to national letters of intent, with more expected before Paul Petrino’s 1 p.m.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Forget the handshake that wasn't — Israel is delighted with something much more unusual: international athletic success...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Day 3 of the Rio Games features medal action in gymnastics, swimming, fencing, women's rugby, judo and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local):
Michael Phelps swims in preliminaries of the men's 200 meter butterfly at 1:44 p.m.