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[4 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics say metal from discarded electronic devices will be used in the production of the medals that will be awarded to athletes.
Japanese citizens are being asked to give the organizing committee unwanted devices. Organizers say the program highlights the theme of sustainability and gives the whole nation a chance to participate in the preparations for the games.
The organizing committee aims to collect as much as eight tons of metal which, after the production process, will result in two tons, an amount needed to produce 5,000 …

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[23 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

Japan’s health ministry is set to conduct the first large-scale survey on the nation’s medical services for foreign patients as part of its efforts to improve such services and boost the number of facilities friendly to them ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, ministry sources said Saturday.
Targeting some 4,000 hospitals and other medical facilities nationwide, the survey will assess records of past medical treatments given to foreign nationals and interpretation provided to them.
Foreign visitors to Japan reached a record 19.74 million in 2015 and medical demand from foreigners …

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[8 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

Rio de Janeiro opened the Paralympic Games on Wednesday with samba, parading wheelchairs, giant balloons—and political protests—at the famed Maracana stadium.
The joyous rhythms of samba singers set the atmosphere in front of a packed stadium, followed by a giant projection of Brazil’s Paralympic swimmer Daniel Dias, and a carnivalesque reproduction of a Rio beach scene.
But Brazil’s tensions also flared with thousands in the crowd chanting “Out with Temer!” as newly sworn in President Michel Temer appeared at the ceremony just days after taking over from bitter rival Dilma Rousseff, who …

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[1 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is preparing for a strenuous workout with the next Summer Olympics headed her way.
The practice started when she received the Olympic flag Sunday in the official handover ceremony from her Rio counterpart, Mayor Eduardo Paes.
“I hope the flag is not too heavy,” she joked the day before. “Although I have trained my muscles to receive it properly.”
The next three Olympics are in Asian countries that have already held games: Tokyo’s Summer Games in 2020, sandwiched between Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018 and in …

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[31 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]

The Olympics ended with Brazil having shown twice in two years that it is capable of hosting the world’s biggest sporting events. But was the effort worth the trouble?
The initial excitement of knowing Brazil would host both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics turned bittersweet, at best.
There were mass protests in 2013 against corruption and white elephant stadiums for the football. Then this year Brazil hit a perfect storm of political crisis, historic recession, runaway unemployment and a huge corruption scandal in the flagship national company Petrobras.
How …

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[15 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]

Michael Phelps closed out the Rio Olympics in the only way imaginable.
Phelps put the United States ahead to stay on the butterfly leg of the 4×100-meter medley relay and Nathan Adrian finished it off, giving the most decorated athlete in Olympic history his 23rd career gold medal Saturday night.
If that was the end, and Phelps insists it is, what a way to go out.
He has 28 medals overall, having won five golds and a silver at these games.
As Nathan Adrian touched the wall to finish off the victory, Phelps gathered …

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[13 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]

A stunner at the Rio Olympics: Michael Phelps was beaten.
Rather handily at that.
The most decorated athlete in Olympic history couldn’t pull off one of his patented comebacks in the 100-meter butterfly, easily held off by a swimmer a decade younger.
Twenty-one-year-old Joseph Schooling of Singapore got off to a blistering start, building a lead that not even Phelps could overcome.
After winning four gold medals at these games and looking unbeatable, Phelps finally ran out of steam in what was the final individual race of his career unless he decides to come …

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[7 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]

BEFORE Michael Phelps could become the greatest Olympian in history, he had to become the number one swimmer on the planet.
When the 18-time gold medal-winning American first began to make his mark on the world scene, that meant challenging one man.
There was no bigger fish around the turn of the century than Australian freestyle king Ian Thorpe. If Phelps was going to fulfil his ambition of breaking compatriot Mark Spitz’s record of
seven gold medals in one Games, he’d have to be able to take out the Thorpedo in the 200m …

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[6 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]

There’s nothing like the unique Brazilian vibe — and the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will see no shortage of samba, culture, diversity and history as the South American nation proudly showcases its traditions and environmental wonders.
Millions of television viewers from around the world are expected to watch the three-hour ceremony Friday night, which comes as the country is reeling from political and economic turmoil.
The event won’t focus on issues that are gripping Brazil — a president facing impeachment, a deep recession and environmental …

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[2 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]

If bravery was an Olympic sport, the 10 athletes who make up the first-ever refugee team in Rio would be odds-on for a clean sweep of the gold medals.
From Yusra Mardini, a teenage swimmer from Syria who braved a Mediterranean crossing in a leaky dinghy, to Popole Misenga, who spent eight days hiding in a forest as a terrified child to flee bloody fighting, each of the refugee athletes have overcome daunting odds to maintain their Olympic dreams.
Mardini, 18, spoke of her delight on Saturday at the prospect of participating …