Olympics-Imura return boosts Japan’s synchro hopes”

By Elaine Lies and Megumi Lim TOKYO, Feb 15 : The return of Masayo Imura, known as the “mother” of Japanese synchronised swimming, has bolstered the country’s hopes ahead of this year’s Olympic Games to such an extent the team will be considered “failures” if they return from Rio without a medal. Japan won bronze […]

Zika virus leaves Kenya undecided about attending Rio Olympics

By Drazen Jorgic NAIROBI, Feb 10 : Kenya caused a stir when the head of its Olympics committee said the team might withdraw from the Rio Games because of Zika, but officials said later it was too soon to decide on the impact of the virus. The mosquito-borne virus, which is widespread in Brazil and […]

Olympic medals prospect Kenya causes stir in weighing Zika and Rio

By Drazen Jorgic NAIROBI, Feb 9 : Kenya, with its stellar medal prospects for the Rio Games, caused a stir today when the head of its Olympics committee said the team might withdraw because of Zika, but officials said later it was too soon to decide on the impact of the virus. The mosquito-borne virus, […]

Olympic medals prospect Kenya causes stir in weighing Zika and Rio

By Drazen Jorgic NAIROBI, Feb 9 : Kenya, with its stellar medal prospects for the Rio Games, caused a stir today when the head of its Olympics committee said the team might withdraw because of Zika, but officials said later it was too soon to decide on the impact of the virus. The mosquito-borne virus, […]

US athletes should consider skipping Rio if fear Zika – officials

By Daniel Bases and Joshua Schneyer NEW YORK, Feb 9 : The United States Olympic Committee told US sports federations that athletes and staff concerned for their health over the Zika virus should consider not going to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August. The message was delivered in a conference call involving USOC officials […]

Japan lifter Miyake watches China but says biggest rival is herself

By Teppei Kasai TOKYO, Feb 3 : Japan’s Hiromi Miyake knows weightlifting powerhouse China will be looking to dominate the event at the 2016 Olympics but the London Games silver medallist says her biggest rival in the run-up to Rio is herself. The 30-year-old, who will compete in a fourth Olympics, hails from a Japanese […]