5 Jan 2021
Whistle-blowing, flag-waving super-fan Kyoko Ishikawa has attended every Summer Olympics in the past 30 years -- and the Tokyo resident doesn't plan on missing out on a Games in her home city. The 51-year-old can't wait to welcome the world to Tokyo, even though surging infections and skyrocketing costs have convinced many other Japanese that the event should not go ahead this year.
18 Nov 2020
With a large delivery bag on his back Venezuelan Olympic champion fencer Ruben Limardo is out cycling around his adopted hometown in Poland, making ends meet in a strange but heartwarming tale from this time of pandemic. The 35-year-old London Olympics foil gold medallist will go for glory again at the Tokyo Olympics next year, but stunned his fans last week when he made a tweet revealing the nature of his new job.
26 Oct 2020
Tokyo opens a 15,000-seat swimming venue for next year's Olympic Games, with a swimming star who was diagnosed with leukaemia last year demonstrating freestyle at the ceremony. The $542 million Aquatics Centre for swimming, diving and artistic swimming was completed in February, but its grand opening ceremony scheduled for March was postponed due to the coronavirus.
6 Aug 2020
A giant set of Olympic rings installed off Tokyo's waterfront was towed away for inspections and maintenance Thursday after coronavirus forced the year-long postponement of the 2020 Games.
7 Jul 2020
China's two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan, arguably the greatest badminton player of all time, announces his retirement at the age of 36.
16 Jun 2020
We bring you editorial reactions to a landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court which enshrines LGBT rights within a sexual discrimination law. Here in France, Libération reacts rather creatively to Emmanuel Macron's warning to French employees that they will have to work more to help turn around the economy. And the French climbing federation is in mourning after the death of its teen prodigy and world champion Luce Douady.
6 Mar 2020
The Olympic torch relay that begins in Japan this month will start from Fukushima, emphasising what the government dubs the "Reconstruction Olympics", but not everyone in the region will be cheering.
5 Mar 2020
According to world health officials, the fatality rate of the coronavirus has reached 3.4 percent worldwide. Japan's Olympic minister admitted there is a possibility that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics could be delayed.
1 Mar 2020
One of China's biggest sports stars, reigning Olympic champion swimmer Sun Yang, will miss the Tokyo Games after receiving an eight-year doping ban. The 28-year-old immediately said he will appeal against the decision.
3 Feb 2020
Tokyo opens a new Olympic arena, which will host the venue for volleyball and wheelchair basketball events, as governor Yuriko Koike promises to implement "thorough measures" to protect people from the deadly coronavirus in the run-up to the games this summer.
14 Jan 2020
Sky Brown is only 11 years old, but she already dreams of making her Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. "People think that you're too young, you can't do it, and I want to show them that it doesn't matter about your size or your age," she says.
22 Nov 2019
Olympic-sized row: Paris fury at Airbnb for 2024 games