Sapporo expected to drop out of 2026 Winter Olympic bid race

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese city of Sapporo is expected to withdraw from bidding for the 2026 Winter Olympics, leaving four candidates as the IOC finds it increasingly difficult to find hosts — particul...

Threat of typhoons, earthquakes reality for Olympic planning

TOKYO (AP) — An IOC inspector working on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics says a powerful typhoon and a deadly earthquake that hit Japan in the last 10 days have been a wake-up call for organizers. ...

Asian Games close: Indonesia shows it's the 'Energy of Asia'

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia billed itself the "Energy of Asia" during the Asian Games, which closed Sunday in a ceremony emphasizing the country's diversity and the ties linking the 11,000 ath...

Asian Games end and Japan, China turn eyes to Tokyo Olympics

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Now comes the hard part for Japan, which is pledging to win 30 gold medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Japan is sure to get a "medal bounce" as the Olympic ...

Tottenham's Son avoids military duty with Asian Games gold

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Tottenham forward Son Heung-min will get to skip military service. Son avoided the service obligation when South Korea defeated Japan 2-1 in the Asian Games...

IOC: Esports has no Olympic future until 'violence' removed

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach isn't certain if, or when, esports might be incorporated into the Olympic Games. But he was clear in a...

Asian Games: Finding a seat no problem at track and field

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Some Asian Games crowds have been sparse, particularly at track and field where fewer than 5,000 fans at evening finals have been packed into a cordoned off section along the...

Indonesia gets badminton golds; Taiwan wins women's singles

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia won its most anticipated medal of the Asian Games on Tuesday with a badminton gold in men's singles. Badminton is the country's most practiced spo...

Esports into Asian Games; Could the Olympics be next?

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Esports is debuting as an exhibition sport at Asian Games and is targeted for full inclusion in four years at the games in Hangzhou, China. Kenneth Fok, pre...

Taiwan, by whatever name, still winning at Asian Games

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Imagine if the United States could not compete under its real name at the Olympics. Or Japan, or Spain or India. That's the reality for Taiwan, which is also for...

Asian Games: Gold for Cambodia by Californian born in Texas

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At 16, Jessa Khan has already won a stack of gold medals at state, regional and international competitions. But these are nothing to match her gold medal in jiu-jitsu in Jaka...

Badminton star Sindhu makes millions on Olympic silver medal

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Pusarla Venkata Sindhu of India— known as PV — turned a silver medal two years ago in badminton at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics into millions of in endorsements. ...

Swimmer Rikako Ikee: A smiling face for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rikako Ikee could very well be the smiling face of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a new star that organizers are sure to promote during the build-up to the games. ...

Ex-US head coach Schubert now working with China's swimmers

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Mark Schubert is unmistakable on the pool deck at the Asian Games. The former head coach of the U.S. national swimming team is now wearing different colors — an orange shirt ...

Playing bridge at the Asian Games: 'Athletics of the mind'

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — What's left of Finton Lewis' thinning hair is spiked and dyed an orange-red color. The 64-year-old Lewis says the haircut keeps him feeling younger on the o...