SPORTS – 4

Aug 23
Defending champions Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic are the No. 1 seeds for singles play in the U.S. Open, it was announced on Wednesday. (Japan Times)

Aug 22
With the Rugby World Cup kicking off Sept. 20 in Japan, communities across the country are preparing for the 500,000-plus visitors expected to attend.
(Nikkei)

Aug 08
The organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games said Wednesday it will sell premium ticket packages including upscale food service and admission to the opening and closing ceremonies, with a top price tag of 6.35 million yen (,000). (Kyodo)

Aug 08
Naomi Osaka almost topped the Forbes’ highest-earning female athlete list, slotting in at No. 2 behind fellow tennis star Serena Williams in the annual ranking of the top 10 paid sportswomen. (Japan Times)

Aug 05
Hinako Shibuno, a rookie on Japan’s LPGA tour, captured the Women’s British Open on Sunday, becoming the second Japanese golfer to win an overseas major event. (Kyodo)

Aug 01
Former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy will join 15-time major-winner Tiger Woods at Japan’s first PGA Tour tournament later this year, organizers announced Wednesday.
(Japan Times)

Jul 31
Organizers of next year’s Tokyo Olympics say they will hold an additional online ticket lottery for more than four million people who came up empty-handed in the first one.
(NHK)

Jul 29
With around a year to go until the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the age-old question of whether to put family or given name first when writing Japanese names in English has started to garner attention.
(Japan Times)

Jul 27
Preparations for the Rugby World Cup step up a level this week with 10 of the participating sides playing test matches, as players look to impress coaches ahead of the announcement of the final tournament squads at the end of August.
(Japan Times)

Jul 25
Organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have revealed the design for the medals that will be presented to the winners.
(NHK)