Tiger Woods Eyeing Tokyo Olympics

Tiger Woods eyeing Tokyo Olympics

US pro golfer Tiger Woods is eager to play in next year's Tokyo Olympics.

Woods won a comeback victory at the Masters last month. He spoke to reporters in New York on Tuesday, two days before the start of the PGA Championship.

Tokyo Police Form Harbor Squad For Olympics

Tokyo police form harbor squad for Olympics

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is planning to form a harbor squad to respond to emergencies during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Tokyo Bay area is expected to host the athletes' village, and be the site of many events.

Applications For 2020 Olympics Tickets Begin

Applications for 2020 Olympics tickets begin

Online applications for tickets for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo have begun.

The official website for the ticket sales started accepting applications at 10 a.m. Thursday Japan time. The tickets are being sold through a lottery system.

2020 Tokyo Olympics Ticket Website Set Up

2020 Tokyo Olympics ticket website set up

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have set up an official website for selling tickets.

The Olympic organizing committee told a news conference on Thursday that it will accept applications for tickets through a lottery on the official site during a 20-day period from May 9. Only people who live in Japan can apply. The winners will be announced on June 20.

Japan To Study Traffic Reduction For Olympics

Japan to study traffic reduction for Olympics

The Japanese government says it will conduct a pilot study this summer to reduce traffic congestion during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The government says it will run the pilot in July and August to simulate traffic during the Games.

Abe Appoints New Olympics Minister

Abe appoints new Olympics minister

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he plans to reappoint Shunichi Suzuki as minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Suzuki will replace Yoshitaka Sakurada, who resigned on Wednesday over a comment that seemingly belittled reconstruction efforts in northeastern Japan.

Japanese Men's Basketball Team To Be In Olympics

Japanese men's basketball team to be in Olympics

For the first time in 44 years, Japan's national men's basketball team will compete in the Olympics. It will be joining the women's team to play in the 2020 Tokyo Games.

The International Basketball Federation, or FIBA, decided at a central board meeting in Cote d'Ivoire on Saturday that the teams will be granted the automatic places given to the host country.

Olympics/ Don't Expect To Smoke At Tokyo 2020 Games

OLYMPICS/ Don't expect to smoke at Tokyo 2020 Games

Tokyo is still a smoker's heaven. Despite tougher laws enacted last year, smokers can light up in some restaurants and bars. Tobacco advertising is allowed on television, cigarette packages don't contain graphic health warnings, and tobacco is cheap compared to other major cities.

However, don't expect to puff away at next year's Tokyo Olympics.

New Emperor To Open Olympics And Paralympics

New Emperor to open Olympics and Paralympics

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito will likely open both the Olympic and Paralympic summer games in Tokyo in 2020 as the new Emperor.

Japan will host the two events after the Crown Prince ascends the throne on May 1st, following Emperor Akihito's abdication on April 30th.

Paris Rules Out Baseball, Karate In 2024 Olympics

Paris rules out baseball, karate in 2024 Olympics

Baseball, softball and karate will likely be dropped from the 2024 Paris Olympics but breakdancing is expected to make its Olympic debut.

Host cities are allowed to pick additional sports and the organizing committee for the Paris Games announced its candidates on Thursday.