Posts Tagged ‘Tokyo’

Tokyo jolted by strongest earthquake since 2011 disaster

Tokyo and surrounding prefectures were jolted by a strong earthquake on Thursday night, leaving more than 20 people injured and bringing the strongest shaking to the capital’s central wards since the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster in 2011. Following the magnitude 5.9 quake, which occurred at 10:41 p.m., TV footage showed a home on fire, […]

Seoul Continues to be Hysterical while Tokyo Digs a Fukushima Water Tunnel

On August 25, 2021, South Korea expressed “strong regret” that Japan was unilaterally implementing its plan to release radioactive water from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant “without any prior consultations or seeking consent from the South Korean government”.  Oh, my gosh – Tokyo Electric Power Company Holding Inc. (TEPCO) has unveiled a preliminary construction plan of […]

Tokyo Paralympic 2020: Iranian shot putter Mokhtari takes silver

TOKYO – Iran’s Alireza Mokhtari Hemami claimed a silver medal at the men’s shot put F-53 at the 2020 Paralympic Games on Sunday. He won the silver medal with a throw of 8.48 meters. Gold medal went to Elvin Astanov from Azerbaijan who threw 8.77 meters and also broke the Paralympics record by five centimeters. […]

2 Afghan Athletes Arrive in Tokyo to Compete in Paralympics

TOKYO—Two athletes from Afghanistan have arrived in Tokyo to compete in the Paralympics, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said Saturday. The two-person team of Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli had flown from Kabul to Paris before continuing on to Tokyo, the IPC said. Khudadadi will be Afghanistan’s first female athlete to compete at the Paralympics […]

Iran comes 27th at Tokyo 2020, two places behind Rio 2016

TEHRAN – Iran finished in the 27th place at the 2020 Olympic Games, while the country had come 25th in the previous edition in Rio. The Iranian athletes claimed seven medals – three golds, two silvers, two bronzes – one silver more and two bronze medals less than Rio. Shooter Javad Foroughi won Iran’s first […]

Summer Olympics say Sayonara Tokyo and Bonjour Paris

After 17 days of sporting action held a year late and with the spectre of COVID-19 hanging over them, the Tokyo Summer Olympics came to an end on Sunday. They will mostly be remembered for the empty stadiums but there were plenty of other noteworthy events including athletes taking a stand on mental health and […]

Chinese Cyclists Warned Over Chairman Mao Pin Badges At Tokyo Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has closed a potential disciplinary case against two Chinese gold medalists who wore pin badges of Mao Zedong on the Olympic podium. International Olympic Committee spokesman Christian Klaue says Chinese team officials gave assurances the athletes were warned and the incident will not be repeated. At the medal ceremony Monday for the women’s […]

German Coach Disqualified After Hitting Horse At Tokyo Olympics

Germany’s modern pentathlon national team coach Kim Raisner was disqualified from the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday after she hit a horse during competition. Raisner was filmed by television cameras striking the horse, called Saint Boy, with her fist after he refused to jump fences for Germany’s Annika Schleu in the showjumping round of the women’s […]

2 Belarus Coaches Removed From Tokyo Olympics Over Krystsina Tsimanouskaya Scandal

TOKYO (AP) — Two Belarus team coaches have been removed from the Olympics, four days after they were involved in trying to send sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya back to their country. The International Olympic Committee said Friday it has canceled and removed the credentials of Artur Shimak and Yury Maisevich. “The two coaches were requested to […]

There’s A Poignant Story Behind The Medalists’ Bouquets At The Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — Of course, an Olympic medal has significance. But the bouquet of flowers that every medal winner is being handed at the Tokyo Olympics has deeper meaning. Much deeper. The sunflowers and all the other flowers in the bouquet were grown in the three northeastern Japanese prefectures that were devastated by the 2011 […]

Tokyo’s COVID-19 Cases Hit Another Record High During Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo reported 5,042 new daily coronavirus cases on Thursday, hitting a record since the pandemic began as the infections surge in the Japanese capital hosting the Olympics. The additional cases brought the total for Tokyo to 236,138, about a quarter of the national total. Japan reported more than 14,000 cases on Wednesday […]

Palestine, solidarity, and the Tokyo Olympics

When the Palestinian Olympic delegation of five athletes – adorned in traditional Palestinian attire and carrying the Palestinian flag – crossed into the Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium during the inauguration ceremony on July 23, I was overcome with pride and nostalgia.  I grew up watching the Olympics. All of us did. Throughout the month-long international sports […]

Tokyo Records Daily COVID-19 Case High With Half Of Olympics Still To Go

TOKYO — The number of COVID-19 cases reported in Tokyo totaled 4,058 people, a daily record, city hall said Saturday, fanning worries as Japan’s capital plays host to the Olympic Games. Critics have long said the Olympics should be canceled or postponed, as tens of thousands of athletes, corporate sponsors and media gather from around […]

Tokyo 2020: France defeat Iran basketball

TEHRAN – France secured a 79-62 comfortable win over Iran in Group A of the Olympic men’s basketball on Saturday to qualify for the quarter-finals and remain undefeated in the preliminary round. Thomas Heurtel led France with 16 points at the Saitama Super Arena, north of Tokyo. Former NBA center Hamed Haddadi had 18 points and […]

Condom used to repair canoe at Tokyo Olympics

Australian canoeist Jessica Fox found a perfectly stretchy, waterproof material for a boat repair at the Tokyo Olympics: a condom. Fox, who won a bronze medal in women’s kayak slalom and gold in the canoe slalom, posted a video on social media this week of someone making repairs to the nose of her boat. First, […]

Tokyo Reports Yet Another All-Time High Of Daily COVID-19 Infections

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo reported 3,177 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, setting an all-time high and exceeding 3,000 for the first time days after the start of the Olympics. The new cases exceeded the earlier record of 2,848 set the previous day and brought the total for the Japanese capital to 206,745 since the pandemic […]

Teenage Swimmer Jacoby Takes 1st US Women’s Gold at Tokyo Olympics

A 17-year-old Alaska girl on Tuesday became the first American woman to take a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Lydia Jacoby won the women’s 100-meter breaststroke, topping 2016 champion Lilly King. South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker won silver while King took bronze. “I was definitely racing for a medal. I knew I had it in […]

Tokyo Olympics: Moroccan boxer tries to bite ear of New Zealand opponent

Moroccan boxer Youness Baalla on Tuesday allegedly tried to chomp off his Kiwi opponent David Nyika’s ear at the Tokyo Olympics, in a stark reminder of the infamous 1997 “the bite fight” of Mike Tyson. Baalla, 22, was having a hard time on Tuesday against two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Nyika at the boxing ring. […]

Tokyo 2020: Iran basketball to meet the U.S. in super tough match

TEHRAN – Not an easy job to play the 15-time Olympics gold medal winners the U.S. but the Iranian team have no way to put fear aside. Iran and the U.S. suffer losses against France and the Czech Republic in Pool A, respectively and need to win all their remaining group-stage games to advance to […]

Tokyo Records Highest Number Of Daily COVID-19 Cases Amid Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo reported its highest number of new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, days after the Olympics began. The Japanese capital reported 2,848 new COVID-19 cases, exceeding the earlier record of 2,520 cases on Jan. 7. It brings Tokyo’s total to more than 200,000 since the pandemic began last year. Tokyo is under its […]

Tokyo 2020: Iran volleyball ease past Venezuela

TEHRAN – Iran volleyball team defeated Venezuela in straight sets (25-17, 25-20, 25-18) in Pool A of the 2020 Olympic Games on Monday. The Vladimir Alekno’s men, who had started the prestigious campaign with a 3-2 win over Poland on Saturday, are scheduled to play Canada on Wednesday. Iran’s Amir Ghafour collected the match high […]

U.S. Olympians Chant Jill Biden’s Name As First Lady Cheers On Swimmers In Tokyo

Members of the U.S. swimming team cheered and chanted from the stands for U.S. first lady Jill Biden, who sat across the pool and waved as swimming kicked off. Without fans in the 15,000-seat Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Saturday, masked teams had ample room to spread out in socially distanced seats above the deck. The […]

Shooter Foroughi wins Iran’s first gold at Tokyo 2020

TEHRAN – Javad Foroughi became the oldest Iranian athlete to win an Olympic medal, earning gold in men’s 10-meter air pistol. Foroughi set an Olympic record with 244.8 points, finishing 6.9 ahead of silver medalist Damir Mikec of Serbia. China’s Pang Wei, the 2008 gold medalist, took bronze. The 41-year-old Foroughi surpasses weightlifter Mahmoud Namdjou, […]

The Excitement Around the Tokyo Olympics is Growing

The rising tide of media coverage about the Summer Olympics in Tokyo shows that they claim not only to be the most problematic major sports tournament in history. The Tokyo Olympics, postponed from 2020 because of the coronavirus, will begin July 23. At the July 20 session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Tokyo, […]

Greenwashing the Tokyo Olympic Games

“The gap between rhetoric and reality is a persistent one when looking at the sustainability of commitments of Olympic Games hosts”. Martin Müller, European Urban and Regional Studies, 2015 The organisers of the Olympics have always been into appearances and grand theatre.  And the International Olympic Committee has always been keen in keeping them up, […]

Why Won’t the South Korean President Go to Tokyo?

The author has repeatedly told his readers about the complexities of Japan-ROK relations and the role that militant nationalism and President Moon’s policies play in them. Here’s another story of how, on the eve of the Olympics, the South Korean President, pinned down by the situation, made an unsuccessful attempt at reconciliation and how it […]

Anti-Olympics protesters gather near Tokyo stadium

Anti-Olympics protesters on Friday marched from Harajuku to Sendagaya ahead of the Olympic Games opening ceremony. Protesters have criticized the Japanese government for what some say is prioritizing the Olympics over the nation’s health. Spectators have been banned from all venues in the Tokyo area, with limited audiences allowed at a few outlying sites, in […]

Japan Olympic superfan celebrates Tokyo 2020 Games

A Tokyo Olympics spectator ban means superfan Kyoko Ishikawa will miss her first Summer Games since 1992 — so instead she’s turning her home into a flag-waving, whistle-blowing virtual stadium. The 51-year-old businesswoman is determined not to let coronavirus spoil the fun as the Games land in her home city, despite organisers banning fans from […]

The Most Stunning Photos From The Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony

The Tokyo Olympics may be muted because of the coronavirus pandemic, but that didn’t stop Friday’s opening ceremony from being a riot of color. Stunning fireworks, intimate dance performances and even a treadmill set the scene for the next two weeks of sporting endeavors ― even though spectators were largely banned from the National Stadium. […]

Tokyo 2020: Team Iran walk in Parade of Nations

TEHRAN – The Iranian delegation, led by flagbearers Samad Nikkhah Bahrami and Hanieh Rostamian, took part at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games opening ceremony on Friday. Only 25 of the 66-athlete delegation took part in the Parade of Nations. Athletes from more than 200 nations begin the Olympic parade at Japan’s empty national stadium. Tokyo […]

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