Leukemia - Diagnosed Teenage Athlete Tweets Again

Leukemia-diagnosed teenage athlete tweets again

Japanese swimming sensation Rikako Ikee posted fresh messages on social media to her fans on Wednesday. A day earlier she tweeted that she has been diagnosed with leukemia.

The 18-year-old's updates of her accounts on Twitter and Instagram noted her gratitude for people's support.

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Olympic Minister Apologizes For Leukemia Gaffe

Olympic minister apologizes for leukemia gaffe

Japan's minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games has apologized for saying he was disappointed to hear that one of the nation's promising swimmers has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Yoshitaka Sakurada on Wednesday retracted his comments from the previous day about 18-year-old gold medal hopeful Rikako Ikee.

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Media Shown Olympic Venue Construction Sites

Media shown Olympic venue construction sites

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has shown media construction sites for venues of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics about 18 months before the games' opening.

Domestic and foreign media visited the sites of five venues and the athletes' village on Tuesday.

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Who Will Star In Football At The Tokyo Olympics?

Takefusa KuboFootball isn’t considered the biggest of Olympic sports. Competing nations tend to focus more on the World Cup and major regional tournaments. Additionally, with the men’s teams at the Olympics restricted to under-23 players, countries simply wouldn’t be able to field their best teams even if they wanted to. 
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Olympic Medalist Kaori Matsumoto Retires From Judo

Olympic medalist Kaori Matsumoto retires from judo

Two-time Olympic medalist Kaori Matsumoto has announced her retirement from judo, saying she has lost her fighting spirit after having a child.

Matsumoto told a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday that she will start a new life in a different field.

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No Charges Sought For Ex - Football Coaches

No charges sought for ex-football coaches

NHK has learned that Tokyo police are set to inform prosecutors of their decision not to seek charges against two former coaches of a university American football team over a dangerous tackle.

A defender for Nihon University, Taisuke Miyagawa, said he committed the foul tackle in a game in May of last year on the instructions of the two former coaches. The act injured a quarterback from Kwansei Gakuin University.

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No Criminal Charges Against Ex - Football Coaches

No criminal charges against ex-football coaches

NHK has learned that Tokyo police are set to inform prosecutors of their decision not to charge two former coaches of a university American football team over a dangerous tackle.

A defender for Nihon University, Taisuke Miyagawa, said he committed the foul tackle in a game in May of last year on the instructions of the two former coaches. The act injured a quarterback from Kwansei Gakuin University.

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Tokyo To Replace Seismic Dampers At Olympic Pool

Tokyo to replace seismic dampers at Olympic pool

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government says it will replace faulty anti-quake devices found at a facility housing a swimming pool to be used in the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

The 16 faulty shock absorbing dampers have been found at the Olympic Aquatics Center under construction. Officials say the work to replace the faulty devices will not affect its scheduled completion in February 2020.

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Tsunami Risk Affects Plans For Olympic Sailing

Tsunami risk affects plans for Olympic sailing

The organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has decided to reduce the number of spectators for a sailing event by over 30 percent to allow a quick evacuation if a tsunami occurs.

The organizers had initially set a maximum capacity of 5,000 spectators for the venue on the Enoshima coast of Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo.

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Naomi Osaka Climbs To Top Of Tennis Rankings

Naomi Osaka climbs to top of tennis rankings

The Women's Tennis Association has announced that Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has become the world's number one in women's singles rankings after she won the Australian Open on Saturday. She is the first singles player from Asia to make it to the top of the tennis rankings.

The WTA released its latest rankings on Monday. The 21-year-old player was ranked fourth going into the tournament in Melbourne.

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Tamawashi Wins First Sumo Tournament

Tamawashi wins first sumo tournament

In sumo, Tamawashi, a third-ranked Sekiwake wrestler from Mongolia, has clinched his first title.

Tamawashi beat rank-and-file wrestler Endo on the final day of the New Year tournament in Tokyo on Sunday.

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Naomi Osaka Tops World Tennis Ranking

Naomi Osaka tops world tennis ranking

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has become the world's Number-One singles player.
The WTA's latest ranking puts her at No.1, up from the 4th spot.

It follows her weekend win of the Australian Open. She is the first singles player from Asia to top the rankings.

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Baseball/ Before Mlb Career, Tsutsugo Aims To Improve Baseball At Home

BASEBALL/ Before MLB career, Tsutsugo aims to improve baseball at home

Before he pursues a career in Major League Baseball, Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo is on a mission to fix the sport in his native country, including the abolishment of what he says is corporal punishment and grueling practices.

Tsutsugo said after the 2018 season that he wants to play for an MLB team in the future. He will be eligible for international free agency in 2021 after 11 seasons with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.

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Tennis/ Kvitova - Osaka: Australian Final From Different Perspectives

TENNIS/ Kvitova-Osaka: Australian final from different perspectives

MELBOURNE, Australia--Petra Kvitova has shed her tears. The tears, for a long time private, were in a very public arena this week.

A violent home invasion that caused serious knife wounds to her left hand was a punctuation point in her career, as she sees it. There's the before--two Wimbledon titles--and her "second career"--which so far is highlighted by her run to Saturday's Australian Open final.

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