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[PODCAST] Targeting Tokyo: Kristina Knott

Jul 05, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Fil-Am sprinter Kristina Knott discovers her Filipino identity by representing the country

Olympics, virus dominate Tokyo governor vote

Jul 05, 2020 - 1:20 PM

The election comes as Tokyo fights a coronavirus spike that has seen more than 100 new cases reported in recent days

TOKYO VOTE. A man casts his vote for the Tokyo gubernatorial election behind a sheet of plastic as a precaution at a polling station in Shinjuku area in Tokyo on July 5, 2020. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

PH boxing's best Olympic chance on the line

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:10 PM

Philippine boxing chief Ricky Vargas laments a potential missed opportunity for history if the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were to be canceled

CHANCE FOR HISTORY. Eumir Marcial bears a big chance for the country's first Olympic gold. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Hidilyn Diaz: Tokyo 2020 Olympics is top priority

Jun 29, 2020 - 6:16 PM

'I have only one chance and alam ko kaya ko manalo kaya ginagawa ko 'yung best ko every time,' says the 2016 Rio Olympic silver medalist

PRIORITY. Hidilyn Diaz remains focused on her journey to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics despite the uncertainty. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Half of Tokyo residents oppose Olympics in 2021 – poll

Jun 29, 2020 - 2:05 PM

The poll finds 51.7% of the respondents hope the Olympics in 2021 is postponed again or canceled

YEAR-LONG. Organizers had to push back the Tokyo Olympics for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Tokyo Olympics will be safe, governor says

Jun 13, 2020 - 1:31 PM

Although concerns remain whether the delay will be long enough to contain the virus, Tokyo promises a ‘safe and secure’ Olympic Games

READY. A dog is pictured on the Olympic Rings displayed at the Japan Sport Olympic Square beside the new National Stadium. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Two-thirds of sponsors unsure about 2021 Olympics – poll

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:40 AM

In a survey, several Olympic sponsors worry that the Tokyo Games could be scrapped altogether next year

Pedestrians wearing face mask walk before the logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games displayed on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in Tokyo on March 24, 2020. - The International Olympic Committee came under pressure to speed up its decision about postponing the Tokyo Games on March 24 as athletes criticised the four-week deadline and the United States joined calls to delay the competition. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

20 sumo wrestlers rescue drowning woman in Tokyo – reports

Jun 11, 2020 - 8:55 PM

After hearing a commotion outside their stable, sumo wrestlers help pull a woman out of the river

TRADITION. In this file photo, sumo wrestlers take part in a 'honozumo,' a ceremonial sumo exhibition, on the grounds of Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Tokyo Olympics organizers want to simplify Games

Jun 11, 2020 - 1:14 PM

Officials get ready to ‘replan and reposition’ the postponed Tokyo Olympics

The logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games is displayed behind cherry blossoms in Tokyo on March 30, 2020. - The 2020 Tokyo Olympics was postponed to no later than the summer of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, the International Olympic Committee announced on March 24. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

It's 2021 or never for Tokyo, confirms senior Olympic official

Jun 06, 2020 - 8:30 PM

If the pandemic continues to rage by next year, Olympic organizers plan to issue a final decision on the Tokyo Games by spring

POSTPONED. The Olympic rings are displayed off the shore of the Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo 2020 Year Commemorative Ceremony last January 24 to mark what should have been 6 months before the Games opening. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Tokyo to skip one-year Olympic countdown over virus

Jun 05, 2020 - 1:39 PM

As the pandemic continues to rage around the world, organizers think any Olympic buildup remains inappropriate

An athlete lights the Olympic torch during the olympic flame handover ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, on March 19, 2020 in Athens. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS / various sources / AFP)

Tokyo weighs scaled-back Olympics, says governor

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:49 PM

As costs spiral for holding the first postponed Olympics, organizers plan to streamline events like the opening ceremony

The logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is seen through cherry blossoms in Tokyo. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory's Cow Cow ice cream now available in pints

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:48 AM

Your Cow Cow ice cream pints are available in Hokkaido Milk, Hokkaido Cheese, or Hokkaido Mix flavors

PH athletics national open to serve as Olympic qualifier

May 26, 2020 - 11:32 AM

The country's top track and field athletes get a chance to make their Tokyo 2020 Olympic cuts in December 2020

OLYMPIC HOPEFUL. Sprinter Kristina Knott vies for a maiden Olympic berth in the 2020 edition. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rice is life: How Margielyn Didal copes with Olympic road diet

May 24, 2020 - 11:16 AM

Margielyn Didal's lifeline comes from a Filipino staple that is not readily available in other countries

FUELING OLYMPIC DREAMS. Margielyn Didal shares her diet as national athlete and Olympic hopeful. Photo from Instagram (@margielyndidal)

Olympics official sees 'real problems' in holding Games in 2021

May 22, 2020 - 3:49 PM

If there are signs the pandemic is contained by October, the Olympics will start preparing 'different scenarios'

UNCERTAIN TIMES. A man looks at an Olympic rings display installed off the shore of the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Tokyo Olympics qualification window opens for Junna Tsukii

May 21, 2020 - 7:07 PM

The World Karate Federation revises the Olympic qualification standards due to the postponement of the quadrennial meet

BACK ON TRACK. Junna Tsukii focuses on nailing an automatic berth to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo courtesy of Junna Tsukii

'Last option’: No Olympic postponement beyond 2021

May 21, 2020 - 5:32 PM

‘You cannot have the athletes being in uncertainty, you cannot have so much overlapping with a future Olympic Games,’ says Olympics chief Thomas Bach

ON HOLD. A man wearing a face mask walks in the tunnel of a metro station with a panel ad of the Tokyo Olympic Games. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

'Insensitive' Japan Olympic coronavirus logo pulled after row

May 21, 2020 - 1:37 PM

Tokyo Olympics organizers say it’s 'very disappointing' to see the Games logo 'distorted and associated with the novel coronavirus'

Logos of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are displayed at a subway station in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Olympic chief calls for 'vigilance and patience' ahead of Tokyo Games

May 16, 2020 - 11:09 PM

'So we have to be vigilant and we have to be patient at the same time to take the right measures to ensure the safe participation of everybody in the Games'

2021 OLYMPICS. The Olympic Rings logo is pictured in front of the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne on March 18, 2020, as doubts increase over whether Tokyo can safely host the summer Games amid the spread of the COVID-19. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

Olympic body creates $800 million fund to address coronavirus crisis

May 15, 2020 - 1:04 PM

‘Nobody knows how the world looks like tomorrow. It's a very incremental planning procedure,’ says International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach

MASK ON. Visitors wearing face masks walk past the Olympic Rings monument in front of the Japan Olympic Committee headquarters near the new National Stadium. File photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

LOOK: Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory introduces new Cheese Puff pastry

May 14, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Their freshly-baked Cheese Puff is filled with silky Hokkaido cream filing, baked with a parmesan crust, and is available for delivery

Young sumo wrestler dies of coronavirus in Japan

May 13, 2020 - 3:12 PM

After battling the disease for more than a month, a 28-year-old sumo wrestler from a Tokyo stable dies

In this picture taken on August 28, 2019, sumo wrestlers exercise during a training session at a stable in Tokyo. - The quintessentially Japanese sport of sumo stops the whole country during the six big tournaments per year, with millions glued to the live action on national broadcaster NHK. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP) / TO GO WITH Sumo-Japan-Georgia-points by Ursula HYZY

Tokyo Tokyo sells ready-to-cook chicken karaage, wagyu, gyoza

May 02, 2020 - 12:26 PM

Tokyo Tokyo also releases a guide on how to cook its frozen chicken karaage, chicken gyoza, beef yakiniku, and wagyu cubes at home

Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory milk pies, cheesecake, cookies available for delivery

Apr 30, 2020 - 11:36 AM

The pastry shop is open for delivery orders of their Hokkaido milk-based sweet and savory goodies

Tokyo Olympics ‘difficult’ if pandemic not contained – Abe

Apr 30, 2020 - 10:11 AM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says it’s tough to hold the Olympics in its ‘complete form’ if the pandemic remains a threat next year

UNCERTAIN FUTURE. Logos of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games are displayed behind cherry blossoms in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Tokyo Olympics delay to cost IOC 'several hundred million dollars'

Apr 29, 2020 - 9:49 PM

Olympic officials admit there will be budget cuts in next year’s Tokyo Games

POSTPONED. The Olympic rings monument stands in front of the Japan Olympic Committee headquarters near the new National Stadium. Photo by Kimimadsa Mayama/EPA-EFE/

Get Olympics-ready with Hidilyn Diaz's quarantine workout

Apr 28, 2020 - 6:48 PM

Check out how Hidilyn Diaz continues her Olympic preparations under quarantine in Malaysia

Tokyo 2020 chief: Olympics will be canceled if pandemic not over

Apr 28, 2020 - 3:59 PM

Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori says no further postponement will be possible for the Olympic Games

IN PERIL. The postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics remains in peril due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

WADA wants answers after banned Sun's 'Olympic training call-up'

Apr 24, 2020 - 5:14 PM

Banned Chinese swimming star Sun Yang has reportedly been called up for national training for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

BARRED. The Chinese Swimming Association insists Sun Yang has been serving his suspension. Photo by Patrick B. Kraemer/EPA-EFE

Joy! Tokyo deploys Marie Kondo in virus fight

Apr 23, 2020 - 10:56 PM

Governor Yuriko Koike says the metropolitan government will share fun videos of the decluttering guru to keep Tokyo residents entertained at home during the forthcoming 'Golden Week' holidays

Impossible to delay Olympics again, says Tokyo chief

Apr 23, 2020 - 5:36 PM

Olympic organizers say delaying the Tokyo 2020 Games by two years will be 'technically difficult'

POSTPONED. The Olympic rings are displayed off the shore of the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan virus expert 'pessimistic' Olympics can be held in 2021

Apr 20, 2020 - 3:17 PM

Kentaro Iwata says that for the Olympics to push through, the coronavirus needs to be contained not just in Japan, but everywhere

POSTPONED. The Tokyo Olympics has been pushed back from 2020 to 2021. File photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Postponed Olympics 'to kickstart' Japan economy – IOC

Apr 16, 2020 - 10:50 PM

Olympic official John Coates says holding the Tokyo Games in 2021 can be a ‘very positive opportunity’ for Japan

RENEWED HOPE. A dog is pictured on the Olympic rings displayed at the Japan Sport Olympic Square beside the new National Stadium in Tokyo. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Olympic dreams on hold for Japan volunteers, hosts

Apr 11, 2020 - 3:36 PM

For many, the delay of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics comes as a personal blow

People wear face masks as they take pictures in front of the Olympic Rings at the Odaiba Seaside Park in Tokyo on March 6, 2020. - Construction of all new permanent venues for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics is now complete, organisers said on March 6, as preparations continue despite worries over the new coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

Traveling fans fear being victims of greed after Olympic postponement

Apr 11, 2020 - 11:37 AM

Olympic fans face uncertainty over flight refunds and hotel reimbursements

A man wearing a face mask walks in the tunnel of a metro station with the board of the official 2020 Summer Olympics advertisment in Tokyo on March 11, 2020. - Japan and Olympic organisers are at pains to insist this summer's Games in Tokyo are on, despite the new coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

World Athletics suspends Tokyo Olympics qualifying until December

Apr 08, 2020 - 3:11 PM

The athletes' global rankings have been frozen following the suspension of Olympic track and field qualifiers

File photo by Josh Albelda

Japan ends Olympic flame display due to virus

Apr 07, 2020 - 9:36 PM

'Originally we wanted to hold the public display until the end of April,' says a Tokyo 2020 organizing committee spokesman

ENDING. The Olympic flame viewing comes to an end due to spiking coronavirus cases in Japan. Photo by Philip Fong/ AFP

Olympic chiefs bracing for extra costs in rescheduling Tokyo Games

Apr 03, 2020 - 3:15 PM

Due to cost $12.6 billion, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics may rack up more expenses after the decision to postpone the world's biggest sporting event

STARTING OVER. Cherry blossoms are seen near the Olympic rings in Tokyo's Odaiba district. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

From 'best prepared' to postponed: Tokyo 2020's rocky road

Apr 02, 2020 - 6:03 PM

Even before the unprecedented postponement, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been clouded by a plagiarism scandal and budget woes

FRESH START. The logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games is displayed behind cherry blossoms in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Beijing 2022 Olympics faces 'special situation' after Tokyo delay

Apr 01, 2020 - 5:24 PM

Brace for back-to-back Olympics as the Tokyo Summer and Beijing Winter Games tip off just 6 months apart

WINTER RUN. Italy's Patrick Rastner and Ludwig Rieder take a corner in the double's luge training during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Postponed Tokyo Olympics to open July 2021

Mar 30, 2020 - 8:24 PM

The Tokyo Olympics was due to open on July 24 this year and run for 16 days, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the first peace-time postponement of the Games

POSTPONED. The Tokyo Olympics will be staged a year after its initial date. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Olympics delay a blow for virus-hit Tokyo hotels

Mar 30, 2020 - 7:18 PM

Hotels have seen bookings decimated by the coronavirus and had been clinging to the hope that the Olympics would help them claw back their losses this year

PUSHED BACK. The Tokyo Olympics will be staged no later than 2021. File photo by Kimisama Mayama/EPA-EFE

New Olympic date to be revealed likely 'this week' – organizers

Mar 30, 2020 - 4:34 PM

There are speculations that Japanese organizers plan to shift the Olympics to spring, avoiding the heat of the Tokyo summer that had been their main concern

DRAWING BOARD. The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics has handed organizers the "unprecedented" task of rearranging an event 7 years in the making. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Postponing Olympics saves athletes from mental turmoil

Mar 30, 2020 - 2:58 PM

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says that sports 'had to take a back seat' at the height of the coronavirus pandemic

POSTPONED. The Tokyo Olympics has been pushed back to 2021. File photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Tokyo organizers eye July 2021 for delayed Olympics

Mar 29, 2020 - 2:10 PM

IOC chief Thomas Bach says rescheduling the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is 'not restricted' to summer months

STARTING OVER. A dog is pictured on the Olympic Rings displayed at the Japan Sport Olympic Square beside the new National Stadium. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Osaka disappointed but supports Olympic delay

Mar 29, 2020 - 11:56 AM

'Sport will eventually unite us again and be there for us always, but that time is not now,' says former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 02: Naomi Osaka of Japan returns a shot during her Women's Singles fourth round match against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland on day eight of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 02, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

'Bigger' Tokyo 2020 Olympics is possible, says former POC chief

Mar 28, 2020 - 4:46 PM

Former Philippine Olympic Committee chief Celso Dayrit lists 6 'immeasurable benefits' to the historic delay of the quadrennial meet

REBOUND OPPORTUNITY. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics delay creates more opportunities for athletes and businesses affected by the coronavirus. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

'Just cancel it' – Mystic manga foreshadowed 2020 Olympics' demise

Mar 28, 2020 - 2:26 PM

Tokyo 2020 appears several times in Japanese manga series Akira, with uncanny if coincidental similarities to the real Olympics, now postponed until next year

EERIE SIMILARITIES. Japanese manga series Akira has trended on social media for "predicting" the Tokyo 2020 Olympics' future. Photo from

New Tokyo Olympics date 'won't satisfy everybody,' says athletics chief

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:48 PM

'We are probably not going to reach a solution that meets with the approval of every sport,' says World Athletics president Sebastian Coe

TOUGH TIMES. Pedestrians wearing face masks pass the logo of the Olympic Games at a subway station in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP