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Ticket sales: The least understood side of the Olympics

It's Olympic ticket sales time again, perhaps the least understood side of the games. "Time flies," said Kosuke Kitajima, a four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist from Japan. "It's as if the Rio de Janeiro Olympics were just yesterday."

Ichiro walks off into history in 'sayonara' at Tokyo Dome

Ichiro Suzuki seems to have said "sayonara." The 45-year-old Seattle Mariners star left the Tokyo Dome field in the eighth inning on Thursday night, waving goodbye to the packed crowd amid hugs from teammates in a three-minute walk that signalled to all his great career has ended.

Tokyo Olympics to show off Japan's advanced robot technology

Tokyo's Olympics may become known as the "Robot Games." Organizers on Friday showed off robots that will be used at the new National Stadium to provide assistance for fans using wheelchairs.

Paralympics demand more accessible hotels, transport for Tokyo 2020

The 2020 Tokyo Paralympics promise to be the best. They're being promoted just like the Olympics, planning is ahead of recent games in Rio de Janeiro and London, and the athletes village will offer easy access for anyone with disabilities.

Tokyo Olympics near $25 billion US — may go higher

The price tag keeps soaring for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics despite local organizers and the International Olympic Committee saying that spending is being cut.

Japan's rugby World Cup prepares to tackle typhoons, earthquakes

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are concerned about it. So are those running the Rugby World Cup in Japan, which opens with Japan facing Russia on Sept. 20, 2019, in Tokyo.
Preview

World Cup QF: France's speed vs. Uruguay's defence

It will be France's searing speed led by Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann against Uruguay's defence anchored by Diego Godin on Friday in Nizhny Novgorod in the World Cup quarter-finals.
Recap

Blunder leads to Argentina's stunning shutout loss to Croatia

Lionel Messi and his Argentina teammates are on the verge of World Cup elimination. Croatia is moving on. Argentina was handily beaten by Croatia 3-0, a loss that makes advancement very difficult with only one group match remaining. It was Argentina's worst loss in group play in 60 years.​

Sapporo has 2nd thoughts over 2026 Olympic bid: reports

The Japanese city of Sapporo seems to be having second thoughts about bidding for the 2026 Winter Olympics and could focus instead on the 2030 Games.

Lillehammer pulls out of running for 2026 Olympics

The man who organized the most popular Winter Olympics 24 years ago in the Norwegian ski resort of Lillehammer says it's too soon to return in 2026.

Rio's Olympics 1 year later: The good, the bad and the ugly

Rio barely managed to keep it together for the Olympics, needed a government bailout to hold the Paralympics and then collapsed under a grinding recession and sprawling corruption scandals.

Rio Olympic planning assailed for 'white elephant' venues

A federal prosecutor looking into last year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics says that many of the venues "are white elephants" that were built with "no planning." Many of the venues are empty, boarded up, and have no tenants or income with the maintenance costs dumped on the federal government.

Rio Olympic park a cash-strapped, ghost town 6 months after Games

Rio de Janeiro pulled off last year's Olympics, keeping crime at bay and fending off dire forecasts of corruption, environmental degradation, and cost overruns. Six months after South America's first games, the floodgates have burst.

Rio organizers owe $3.7 million to Paralympic committee

Almost four months after the Olympics ended, Rio de Janeiro organizers are unable to pay some of their bills, including $3.7 million owed to the International Paralympic Committee.

Wanted: Rio Olympics to give 13,000 people refunds — but can't find them

Olympic organizers in Rio de Janeiro are trying to hand over almost $3 million in ticket refund payments due to 13,000 people. One big problem — they can't find them.