Tokyo 2020 Olympics

'Can't help but cheer': Some in Japan warm to Olympics

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After months of opposition, some in Japan are warming to the pandemic-hit Olympics, with fans defying authorities to cheer athletes on public roads and rushing to snap up Games merchandise. It hasn't hurt that Japan's athletes have enjoyed a gold rush in the first four days of the Games, triumphing… Read

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Japan beats U.S. to win softball gold

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They marched single file onto the podium near shortstop with the blank expressions of the condemned. When silver medals were handed out, they dangled them around each other’s necks like weights. Eyes were red and damp. Perfunctory waves for the cameras were managed. Hands fidgeted with bouquets of sunflowers. Stunned,… Read

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Russian team topples American powerhouse with Biles out

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Angelina Melnikova, a celebrated gymnast from Russia, was gliding around the parallel bars when breaking news started rocketing around the world: Her competitor, American superstar Simone Biles, was scratched from the competition. Melnikova stuck the landing. She clenched her fists near her heart. They weren’t yet halfway through one of… Read

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Why is Taiwan not called Taiwan at the Olympics?

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Taiwan's star weightlifter Kuo Hsing-chun won gold at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, but when she ascended the podium to receive her medal there was no national flag and no national anthem to greet her. Taiwan cannot even call itself "Taiwan" at the Games. Instead, it must use the title… Read

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

'Mental health' behind Biles' shock Olympic team final exit

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A tearful Simone Biles said "mental health concerns" were behind her shock withdrawal from the team final on Tuesday with the superstar gymnast's participation in the rest of the Tokyo Olympics now uncertain. The 24-year-old American arrived in Japan as one of the headline acts of the pandemic-postponed 2020 Games,… Read

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Without the crowd's roar, Tokyo Olympians search for spirit

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The beloved American gymnast Sam Mikulak flipped off the parallel bars, stuck the landing and blew a kiss toward the camera. Those watching the men's Olympics gymnastic competition on television back home knew they'd seen magic. "Beautiful!" the broadcast announcer exclaimed. "Wow, that was fantastic!" But all around Mikulak, the… Read

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Japan beats Chile in women's soccer to reach quarterfinals

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Mina Tanaka scored the lone goal Tuesday to help Japan beat Chile 1-0 and set up a quarterfinal match against Sweden in the women's Olympic soccer competition. Tanaka scored from a close range finish in the 77th minute at the Miyagi Stadium. The hosts finished third in Group E but… Read

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

IOC to adapt refugee athletes program to counter criticism

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Refugee athletes need to be given more chances to compete and earn money in international sports, the IOC said Tuesday following criticism from runners who left the Olympic program. Several potential members of the Refugee Olympic Team forfeited their chance of competing at the Tokyo Games by leaving in recent… Read

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Gay athletes unleash rainbow wave on Olympics

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When Olympic diver Tom Daley announced in 2013 that he was dating a man and “couldn't be happier,” his coming out was an act of courage that, with its rarity, also exposed how the top echelons of sport weren't seen as a safe space by the vast majority of LGBTQ… Read

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Moroccan Olympic boxer tries to take a bite out of opponent

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A heavyweight boxer from Morocco apparently tried to take a bite out of his New Zealand opponent's ear in their opening bout at the Tokyo Olympics. Youness Baalla's attempt to fight like Mike Tyson occurred late in the third round of his loss to David Nyika during a clinch in… Read

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