SPORTS NEWS - 2

Aug 17
Kei Nishikori, the 2014 U.S. Open runner-up, tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday and said he will pull out of the tuneup tournament at Flushing Meadows that starts next week. (Japan Today)
Aug 16
The maximum number of spectators allowed at concerts, professional sports and other events will be kept at 5,000 as the coronavirus continues to spread, government officials said Friday. (Japan Times)
Aug 15
Japanese couple Rikiya and Ayumi Kataoka had their honeymoon wrecked by the coronavirus pandemic, but their resourcefulness in enforced exile in Cape Verde has won them appointments as ambassadors for its Olympic team. (Japan Today)
Aug 15
In October 1958, William Higinbotham reportedly created the world’s first video game. Since then, however, the global gaming industry has changed drastically. While there are many factors behind the sector’s indisputable growth, Japan's influence can’t be understated. (newsonjapan.com)
Aug 15
As a competitive gamer, it’s important that you put your whole focus on improving your skills and play performance, and not be distracted by body pains or be busy with preventing injuries. (newsonjapan.com)
Aug 14
Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda earned his 50th career win in the major leagues Wednesday when the Minnesota Twins unleashed their offense in a 12-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. (Kyodo)
Aug 14
The J-League on Thursday postponed Sagan Tosu's next three league matches after 10 individuals with the first-division side, including manager Kim Myung Hwi tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the league said. (Kyodo)
Aug 14
The government plans to discuss ways to relax movement restrictions for foreign athletes and officials to ensure the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics take place in 2021 after the postponement due to the coronavirus outbreak, sources have said. (Japan Times)
Aug 12
Swimmer Rikako Ikee, who went public with her leukemia diagnosis in February of last year, will return to competition at a Tokyo meet to be held later this month, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Aug 12
Akio Ohara reaches into a plastic container and scoops out a beetle that is bigger than his entire hand. (Japan Times)
Aug 11
At first glance, the casino might seem nothing special or out of the ordinary but if you have a keen sense for detail, you’d realize that casinos are among one of the most well-thought-out and purposefully executed architecture out there. (newsonjapan.com)
Aug 10
People in the US will be able to watch Japanese pro baseball games live on cable TV and the internet soon. (NHK)
Aug 07
Yokohama FC’s Kazuyoshi Miura, playing in his first game of the season, became the oldest player to take to the pitch in Japan’s league cup competition, the YBC Levain Cup, on Wednesday at the age of 53 years, 5 months and 10 days. (Japan Times)
Aug 07
A huge Olympic rings monument in Tokyo Bay has been temporarily removed for safety checks. (NHK)
Aug 04
Five-time Olympian Ken Terauchi, who is set to dive for Japan at the Tokyo Games next summer, is being treated in hospital after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, his sponsor announced Monday. (Kyodo)
Aug 04
Although it’s been an awful disease that has damaged our world in many ways, the coronavirus pandemic also has a way of exposing certain weaknesses in societies and giving us an opportunity to rectify them. (soranews24.com)
Aug 03
Organizers of the Tokyo Games announced the schedule for the Paralympics on Monday, with only minor changes to the plan that was in place before the coronavirus pandemic forced a one-year postponement. (Kyodo)
Aug 03
Fiji and Japan will be among the teams lining up alongside the Six Nations in a hastily organized eight-team international competition that will be held this autumn. (newsonjapan.com)
Aug 02
Former ozeki Terunofuji completed a stunning comeback to the top division Sunday by clinching the July Grand Sumo Tournament with a final-day victory over sekiwake Mitakeumi. (Kyodo)
Jul 31
Mongolian-born yokozuna Hakuho withdrew from the July Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday with three days remaining in the relocated event, which is now missing both grand champions. (Kyodo)

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