SPORTS – 2

Oct 11
The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Games announced the routes for the Olympic individual time trial and Paralympic road race on Wednesday, finalizing the courses for all cycling events taking place in two years’ time.
(Japan Times)

Sep 27
The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government have begun inviting volunteers for the events.
(NHK)

Sep 26
Former yokozuna grand champion and stablemaster Takanohana has submitted a letter of resignation to the Japan Sumo Association. He says reasons for his written complaint filed to the government about one of his sumo wrestler pupils over an injury incident have been deemed groundless by the association.
(NHK)

Sep 26
Japan rugby international Takuma Asahara was run over by a car early Sunday, but only sustained light injuries, police said Tuesday. (Japan Times)

Sep 25
Japanese tennis sensation Naomi Osaka not only hit the cash jackpot with her historic U.S. Open victory — she struck a blow for racial equality, according to a former Miss Japan. (Japan Today)

Sep 25
Mongolian grand champion Hakuho said Monday he wants to give himself a treat for the feats he accomplished at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. (Kyodo)

Sep 23
A day after securing his record-extending 41st championship, Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho closed the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament with a perfect 15-0 record on Sunday.
(Japan Times)

Sep 22
In just one year, some of the toughest athletes are set to hit the pitch in Japan for the Rugby World Cup. As the players gear up to play, they’re getting some advice about adhering to local customs, including covering up their tattoos.
(NHK)

Sep 18
The Japanese city of Sapporo has dropped its bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics following a recent earthquake. (Japan Today)

Sep 12
The Japanese organizer of the World Cup sailing competition has been criticized for including a dolphin show in the opening ceremony of the event, which doubles as the first test competition for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games. (Kyodo)