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Ian Lariba appeals for financial assistance for leukemia situation

Jan 25, 2018 - 10:31 PM

Lariba's worsened situation is causing her to have blurred visions and weakness on the left side of her body

CALL FOR HELP. Ian Lariba's leukemia situation worsens as the cancer has spread to her brain and spinal cord. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Lochte says he thought about suicide after Rio Olympics fiasco

Jun 07, 2017 - 12:03 PM

There were a couple of points where I was crying thinking If I go to bed and never wake up fine

SUICIDE. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte says he contemplated suicide after last year's Rio Olympics controversy. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Filipino Olympian Ian Lariba diagnosed with leukemia

May 30, 2017 - 10:50 AM

The De La Salle University table tennis star will undergo treatment this week according to a statement from De La Salle University

LEUKEMIA. Ian Lariba, Filipino Olympian and La Salle table tennis star, is diagnosed with leukemia. File Photo from Rappler

Nadal: 'I almost destroyed wrist at French Open'

May 26, 2017 - 6:37 PM

Rafael Nadal aims to achieve what should have been done last year: win his 10th Roland Garros title

A PERFECT 10. A 10th Monte Carlo Masters and a 10th title in Barcelona. Now Rafael Nadal targets what many in the sport thought was impossible: a 10th Roland Garros. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Phelps frustrated by Rio Olympics doping fears

Feb 28, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Michael Phelps in a written testimony says he and teammates are left wondering whether they were competing on a level playing field in Rio

FINAL SALVO. USA's Michael Phelps competes in the Men's swimming 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. Odd Andersen/AFP

Olympic white elephants? Rio's got a herd of them

Feb 18, 2017 - 6:50 PM

You don t have to look far to see the unfulfilled promises of South America s first Olympic Games

WHITE ELEPHANT. View of the Tennis Court at the Olympic Park after it was covered by sand to be used for beach volley in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 17, 2017, about 6 month after the Rio 2016 Olympic games. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

Lady Gaga to headline Rock in Rio

Feb 07, 2017 - 10:54 AM

Lady Gaga is set to join groups such as Aerosmith Bon Jovi and the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the Rock in Rio music festival this September

Arise 'Sir Andy', 'Sir Mo' as Murray, Farah knighted

Dec 31, 2016 - 1:56 PM

Murray s knighthood caps a dream season of finishing as the year end world number one for the first time while Farah receives his knighthood after he retained his 5 000 and 10 000 meters titles at the Rio Olympics

KNIGHTHOOD. Andy Murray and Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah will each receive a knighthood in the New Year Honors. File photos by GLYN KIRK and ERIC FEFERBERG / AFP

Looking back at 2016: The top 5 things that happened in Indonesia

Dec 20, 2016 - 8:51 PM

From sports to national stories to economy here are the best things that happened in Indonesia in 2016

Bolt, Phelps cap era of excellence

Dec 20, 2016 - 4:04 PM

The two athletes inspired a legion of young competitors determined to flourish on sport s biggest stage even as Olympic officials grapple with soaring costs corruption and the ever present specter of doping


The 2016 Rappler Sports Awards

Dec 20, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Through these awards the Rappler Sports team honors the achievements of Filipino athletes and remember the iconic – and even questionable – moments of the past year

Chinese swimmer banned two years for doping at Rio Games

Dec 12, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Chen Xinyi will be barred from competition for testing positive for hydrochlorothiazide the day she finished fourth in the women s 100m butterfly final

DOPING SCANDAL. Chen Xinyi, seen at the 2014 Asian Games, tested positive for a banned diuretic. Diuretics can be used as "masking agents" to hide the presence of performance-enhancing substances in tests. Photo by Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Greased-up Tongan flag bearer at Rio Olympics turns to Winter Games

Dec 07, 2016 - 3:48 PM

Tonga s muscle bound Rio Olympics flag bearer who went viral a few months ago is now switching to cross country skiing to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea

Tonga's flagbearer Pita Nikolas Taufatofua leads his delegation during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, 2016. File Photo by OLIVIER MORIN / AFP

Pole vaulter escapes ban after cocaine contamination during hotel tryst

Oct 07, 2016 - 4:53 AM

Canada s Shawn Barber competed at the Rio Games after arguing that he was contaminated by cocaine accidentally by a woman he hooked up with through Craigslist

ONE NIGHT STAND. Shawn Barber says he requested a 'professional' woman who was 'drug and disease free' to 'relieve stress,' but is finding the one-night stand to have created a new set of problems. Photo by Thierry Zoccolan/AFP

Obama says Olympic host decisions are 'a little bit cooked'

Oct 04, 2016 - 1:09 AM

US President Barack Obama compares the IOC s decision making to the scandal hit FIFA

SECOND CITY SNUB. US President Barack Obama hints at corruption in IOC decisions over which cities host the Olympics. File photo by AFP

Rio Paralympics end with music – and relief

Sep 19, 2016 - 3:45 PM

The famous Maracana football stadium was packed with the Paralympians themselves seated across the field as proceedings kicked off with fireworks

Athletes celebrate during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on September 18, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

Rio Paralympics: 5 highlights to remember

Sep 18, 2016 - 2:27 PM

From victories to controversy here are highlights of the first Games ever held in South America

Marlou Van Rhijn (NED) celebrates victory in the Women's 100m category - T44 - at Engenhao Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 17, 2016. TASSO MARCELO/AFP

Tragedy strikes Paralympics as Iranian cyclist dies during race

Sep 18, 2016 - 7:47 AM

Bahman Golbarnezhad 48 dies following an accident on the penultimate day of the Rio Games

TRAGEDY. The Paralympic cycling competition was marred by tragedy after an Iranian cyclist died following an accident. Photo by Simon Bruty/OIS/AFP

Paralympians, poor Rio kids teach each other about overcoming limits

Sep 17, 2016 - 7:54 PM

Meeting about 30 young judo students in rough edged Rocinha is a distinct reality check for the French

EYE-OPENER. Paralympic French athlete Sandrini Martinet (R) is pictured during a visit by French athletes to the Reaction Institute, created by Brazilian Olympic bronze medalist, judoka Flavio Canto, in 2003 at the Favela da Rocinha shantytown, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 16, 2016. The Reaction Institute is a non-governmental organization that promotes human development and social inclusion through sport and education. TASSO MARCELO / AFP

Belgian Paralympian considering euthanasia for unbearable pain

Sep 12, 2016 - 1:01 PM

When the moment comes when I have more bad days than good days then I have my euthanasia papers says silver medalist Marieke Vervoort

RISING ABOVE THE PAIN. The 37-year-old has suffered from a degenerative muscle disease that causes constant pain, paralysis in her legs and leaves her barely able to sleep since the age 14. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Olympian Mary Joy Tabal dropped by PH national team

Sep 08, 2016 - 10:08 PM

Tabal the first Filipina to qualify for the Olympic marathon is no longer part of the national team

LONG DISTANCE. Mary Joy Tabal says being dropped by the Philippine national team is "painful." Photo from Tabal's Facebook page

Ryan Lochte suspended 10 months after Rio scandal - reports

Sep 08, 2016 - 1:39 PM

Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has been suspended for 10 months due to his bogus gunpoint robbery story during the Rio Olympics

DEEP WATER. Ryan Lochte has apologized for fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint, but it's too little too late for Brazilian authorities. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Rio opens Paralympic Games for 'superhumans'

Sep 08, 2016 - 1:25 PM

Samba parading wheelchairs and giant balloons highlight the opening ceremony at a sold out Maracana stadium

Three Russian Olympians fail retroactive Beijing dope tests

Sep 01, 2016 - 2:08 PM

Three more Russian Olympic medallists have tested positive for banned substances

Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte charged over Rio robbery lie

Aug 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM

The American gold medalist risks a jail sentence of up to 6 months and could be tried in absentia in Brazil

DEEP WATER. Ryan Lochte has apologized for fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint, but it's too little too late for Brazilian authorities. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Polish Olympian sells silver medal to save boy battling cancer

Aug 26, 2016 - 10:01 AM

Poland s Piotr Malachowski auctions his silver medal to help a boy battling eye cancer

THROWING FOR A CAUSE. Poland's Piotr Malachowski, who won silver in the men's discus throw at the Rio Games, has found a greater cause for his medal. Photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

Football: Hope Solo suspended 6 months for calling Olympic foes 'cowards'

Aug 25, 2016 - 12:51 PM

The American women s soccer player called her Swedish opponents a bunch of cowards after losing a match to them

SUSPENDED. Hope Solo will have lots of time to think about her bad decision making. File photo by Daniel Oliveria/EPA

US swimmer James Feigen apologizes for role in Rio embarrassment

Aug 25, 2016 - 12:45 PM

We did make the regrettable decision to urinate in the grass behind the building

RIO SHAME. James Feigen, one of the 4 US swimmers involved in a fabricated robbery story, apologized for his involvement. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

LOOK: Hidilyn Diaz receives Congressional medal, monetary award

Aug 25, 2016 - 11:45 AM

The Olympic silver medalist receives P1 5 million collected in donations from at least 260 congressmen

Hidilyn Diaz silver medalist in 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil receives a Congressional Medal of Distinction and a monetary award of P1.5 million from House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez during the first regular session of the 17th Congress at the Batasang Pambansa Plenary Hall on Wednesday. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

Hidilyn Diaz, other ASEAN Olympic medalists get free AirAsia flights

Aug 24, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The 18 Olympic medalists from Southeast Asian countries will get free flights from AirAsia either for life gold for the next 5 years silver or for 3 years bronze

Philippine silver medallist at the Rio Olympics, Hidilyn Diaz shows her medal during a press conference as she arrives at the Manila International Airport in Manila on August 11, 2016.  Diaz is the country's first Olympic winner in 20 years. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo for 2020 Games

Aug 24, 2016 - 12:25 PM

After stepping off a plane from the Brazilian host city Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike carries the flag at a ceremony at the city s Haneda airport

ARRIVAL. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (R) waves the Olympic flag beside Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) President Tsunekazu Kakeda (L) as she gets out of a plane upon its arrival at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The Olympic flag arrived in Tokyo as Japan's capital gears up to host the 2020 Games. TORU YAMANAKA / AFP

India probes failure to provide collapsed Olympian with water

Aug 24, 2016 - 5:43 AM

I could have died there says marathoner O P Jaisha

HEART. O.P. Jaisha of India (second from right) was not provided adequate water during the women's marathon event. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Olympic marathoner doesn't return to Ethiopia after protesting repression

Aug 24, 2016 - 5:29 AM

Feyisa Lilesa who protested political repression in his country is reportedly considering seeking asylum after winning silver

PROTEST. Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa (silver) crosses the finish line of the Men's Marathon athletics event during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. Lilesa crossed his arms above his head as he finished the race as a protest against the Ethiopian government's crackdown on political dissent. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

#Rio2016 on social media: Top Olympic moments on Facebook

Aug 23, 2016 - 4:20 PM

Here s a look back on the memorable moments that made Rio2016 one of the most social and interactive sporting events to date

Ethiopia pledges safe return for protest runner

Aug 23, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa crossed his arms as he finished the marathon in protest against the Ethiopian government s crackdown on political dissent

Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia reacts while crossing the finish line to take the second place in the men's Marathon race of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 21 August 2016. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

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Aug 22, 2016 - 9:51 PM

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PH looks to improve at Tokyo 2020 as Rio Games close

Aug 22, 2016 - 5:11 PM

Chef de mission Jose Romasanta gives an assessment of the Philippines Olympic participation calling it a good run

END OF THE JOURNEY. Kirstie Alora (L) is the last Filipino Olympian to leave Rio. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

The Olympics are over for Brazil – was it worth it?

Aug 22, 2016 - 3:09 PM

How did Rio de Janeiro and the country as a whole come out in the end?

A general view shows the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Olympics: Athletics nervously enters post-Bolt world

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:59 PM

Usain Bolt has consistently been a beacon for clean athletes amid doping and corruption scandals

LIFE AFTER BOLT. Usain Bolt of Jamaica kisses the finish line after winning the men's 4x100m relay final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/LUKAS COCH

Veterans rule in USA's run to Olympic basketball gold

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Carmelo Anthony 32 brings the experience and Kevin Durant 27 the scoring as the USA capped its 2016 Olympic run by mauling Serbia

SENIORS TAKE CHARGE. Carmelo Anthony of USA takes charge during the men's basketball gold medal game of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/SAM MOOY

Boxing on brink after Rio Olympics judging controversies

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:35 PM

The Games would not be complete without boxing controversy of one kind or another

CONTROVERSY. Evgeny Tishchenko of Russia (red) is declared winner against Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan during the men's heavyweight 91kg final bout of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The result sparked controversy as the Russian is booed by the crowd. EPA/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Groundbreaking Olympics for women in Rio

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:24 PM

Of the 11 444 athletes in Rio 45 – 5 175 – were women slightly higher than in London 2012

Simone Biles of the USA reacts after performing during the women's floor exercise final for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Artistic Gymnastics events. EPA/TATYANA ZENKOVICH

Let's make Tokyo best Olympics ever, says PM Abe

Aug 22, 2016 - 12:02 PM

The Japanese Prime Minister meets with the country s Olympic medalists and urges them to make Tokyo 2020 the best ever Olympics

ON TO TOKYO. The flag of Japan is displayed after the flag handover during the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

'Marvelous' Rio flames out as Japan takes the baton

Aug 22, 2016 - 8:16 AM

UPDATED The Rio Olympics ends in a blaze of color with an exuberant closing ceremony as Tokyo takes up the baton promising to host the best Games yet in 2020

Fireworks explode at the start of the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

USA beats Serbia to win third straight gold in Olympic basketball

Aug 22, 2016 - 4:46 AM

Kevin Durant leads with 30 points as Team USA wins gold again

Rio police seize passports in raid on Irish Olympics office

Aug 22, 2016 - 4:01 AM

Phones passports and computers are seized as Brazilian police step up an inquiry into black market ticket sales at the Rio Olympics

AWAITING HEARING. President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Patrick Hickey of Ireland speaking during an interview at the 2015 European Games in Baku. He was arrested in Rio de Janeiro and is being held awaiting hearing. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Wrestling coaches strip to undies to protest Rio judging

Aug 22, 2016 - 3:42 AM

What s the best way to express displeasure at officiating? Take your clothes off thought two coaches from Mongolia

NAKED TIME. The coach of Mongolia's Mandakhnaran Ganzorig is escorted off after undressing in protest in front of judges after Ganzorig was defeated agasint Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan men's freestyle 65kg medal bout. Photo by Nic Bothma/EPA

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Aug 22, 2016 - 3:22 AM

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Brazil delivers men's volleyball gold for hometown crowd

Aug 22, 2016 - 3:14 AM

Brazil finally earns another men s volleyball gold after losing the last two finals

HOMETOWN SPIKERS. Brazil's Wallace Leandro De Souza spikes the ball during the men's gold medal volleyball match between Italy and Brazil. Photo by Juan Mabromata / AFP

Claressa Shields becomes first American to retain Olympic boxing title

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:38 AM

The American middleweight dominates her Dutch foe en route to her second straight gold medal

DOMINANCE. Claressa Shields was never threatened in Rio as she dominated the field once again. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP