Ex-amateur Boxing Chief Quits All Posts

Ex-amateur boxing chief quits all posts

The Japan Amateur Boxing Federation says its former chief Akira Yamane has quit the other amateur boxing bodies he belonged to and resigned from senior posts.

The JABF announced on Wednesday that Yamane revealed his resignations to JABF managing director Teruo Yoshimori.

Disgraced Amateur Boxing Federation Chief Quits

Disgraced amateur boxing federation chief quits

The scandal-plagued chief of the Japan Amateur Boxing Federation has given up his post.

Akira Yamane announced he was stepping down immediately at a news conference in the city of Osaka, western Japan, on Wednesday. He apologized to amateur boxers for the scandals.

Golf: 17-year-old Hataoka 1st Amateur To Win Japan Women's Open

Golf: 17-year-old Hataoka 1st amateur to win Japan Women's OpenSeventeen-year-old Nasa Hataoka became the first amateur golfer to win the Japan Women's Open Golf Championship on Sunday.
Hataoka carded five birdies and two bogeys in her final round at par-71 Karasuyamajo Country Club in Tochigi Prefecture and claimed the tournament at 4-under 280. Hataoka surpassed Ai Miyazato record as the tournament's youngest champion. Miyazato won the 2005 event at the age of 20.

Mongolian Is 1st Foreign Amateur Yokozuna

Mongolian is 1st foreign amateur yokozunaWith Mongolians already dominating the pro sumo ranks, it seemed only a matter of time before one became the top amateur in Japan as well.
Nihon University junior Baasansuren Turbold became the first foreigner to earn the title of amateur yokozuna when he triumphed at the All-Japan championship on Sunday at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Boxing : Amateur Champ Inoue Follows Kin Into Pro Ring

Boxing : Amateur champ Inoue follows kin into pro ringOne of Japan’s top boxing clans will have another member in the professional ranks with the decision of Koki Inoue to follow his title-holding younger cousins into the pro ring.
The 23-year-old Inoue, who has accumulated five major national amateur titles, will join the same Ohashi Gym as cousins Naoya Inoue, 22, the World Boxing Organization super flyweight champion, and Takuma Inoue, 19, who holds the Orient-Pacific Boxing Federation super flyweight belt.

4 'amateur' Actresses Receive Top Award At Locarno Film Festival For Movie Debuts

4 'amateur' actresses receive top award at Locarno film festival for movie debutsIn a surprise even to the recipients, four Japanese "amateur" actresses have been jointly given the best actress award at this year's 68th Locarno International Film Festival.
The award for best actress announced on Aug. 15 went to Sachie Tanaka, 41, of Kobe; Hazuki Kikuchi, 37, of Kakogawa, Hyogo Prefecture; Maiko Mihara, 41, of Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture; and Rira Kawamura, 39, of Kyoto.

Amateur Sumo

Amateur sumoSumo is also an amateur sport, with participants in college, high school and grade school in Japan. In addition to college and school tournaments, there are also open amateur tournaments.

Golf: Mika Miyazato 15th Behind Amazing Amateur Ko

Golf: Mika Miyazato 15th behind amazing amateur Ko Lydia Ko became the United States LPGA tour's youngest winner on Sunday and the tour's first amateur champion since 1969.

The 15-year-old New Zealander shot a final-round 67 to win the Canadian Women's Open with 13-under-par 275 and win by three strokes over South Korean Park In Bee at the Vancouver Golf Club in British Columbia.

Golf: Watson Wins Masters, Matsuyama Misses Out On Low Amateur Title

Golf: Watson wins Masters, Matsuyama misses out on low amateur titleBubba Watson of the United States won his first major title with a par on the second playoff hole against South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen at the Masters Tournament on Sunday.

Hideki Matsuyama, a 20-year-old from Japan, fell short in his bid to claim his second straight low amateur title after a final-round 80 dropped him into a tie for 54th at 9-over 297, two shots behind Patrick Cantlay of the United States.

Golf: Japanese Amateur Matsuyama Hangs Tough At Masters

Golf: Japanese amateur Matsuyama hangs tough at MastersAsian amateur champion Hideki Matsuyama kept alive his hopes of qualifying for a return to Augusta with an even-par 72 in the third round of the Masters Tournament on Saturday.

The 20-year-old from Japan moved up four spots into a tie for 27th at 1 over. The top 16 and ties will receive automatic invitations to next year's Masters.

Peter Hanson of Sweden shot the day's low round of 65 to get to 9 under and take a one-stroke lead over three-time champion Phil Mickelson.