ONLY ON AP Tokyo billed as ‘Recovery Olympics’

The torch relay for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will start in Fukushima, devastated almost nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. The relay goes to 11 towns hit by the disaster, but bypasses Futaba, a part of Fukushima that Olympic visitors will never see. (Dec. 13)

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Scandal-hit Placido Domingo withdraws from Tokyo Olympic event | AFP

Scandal-hit opera star Placido Domingo, who is facing multiple sexual harassment accusations, says he would withdraw from a cultural event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, citing the project’s “complexity”. of Placido Domingo

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Paris Olympics: French PM tours site of 2024 Olympic village | AFP

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe kicks off the construction of the Paris-2024 athletes’ village in Saint-Ouen. IMAGES

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USA, Brazil react to US win and Olympic berth

USA players Khris Middleton and Joe Harris talk about the Americans clinching an Olympic berth and Brazil forward Anderson Varejao discusses his team’s loss to the USA in the World Cup. (Sept. 9)

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Today in History for September 4th

Highlights of this day in history: Crisis unfolds in Little Rock, Ark. over racial integration in schools; Ford rolls out its ill-fated Edsel; Attorney William Kunstler dies; Mark Spitz sets Olympic gold record; Singer Beyonce born. (Sept. 4)

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One leap at a time: the ‘Blade Jumper’ with Olympic dreams | AFP

Triple Paralympic champion Markus Rehm, known as the “Blade Jumper”, regularly outperforms able-bodied athletes in the long jump but dreams of beating them on the same stage.

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Kosovo, an unexpected world judo stronghold | AFP

The young and tiny nation of Kosovo has emerged as a world judo power, its unexpected success spearheaded by the diminutive Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi.

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Skateboarders squeezed out in fight for Shanghai streets | AFP

Skateboarding will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo next year, but many in the growing scene in China’s mega-city of Shanghai complain that they have few places to go and are looked down upon as trouble-makers.

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Weightlifting doping scandal hits medal-winning Thai team | AFP

Thai weightlifter Sarat Sumpradit carries the hopes of Thai weightlifting on his shoulders after nine teammates, including two Olympic champions, tested positive for steroids late last year.

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On This Day: 9 August 2012

Usain Bolt becomes first man in history to successfully defend both the 100 and 200 meter Olympic sprint titles. (Aug. 9)

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Sultans of spin: the Japanese breakdancers busting Olympic moves | AFP

For some Japanese breakdancers, the prospect of winning a gold medal at the 2024 Paris Olympics has become something of an obsession, after organisers in February proposed to include the street dance.

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Two dead in Korean nightclub balcony collapse at world swim meet | AFP

Two people died and 16 were injured, including an Olympic gold medallist taking part in swimming’s world championship, after a balcony collapsed under the weight of party-goers at a South Korean nightclub, local police said Saturday.

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Tokyo Olympic construction race raises worker safety questions | AFP

Construction works for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games have made smooth progress and more than half of new venues are completed with a year to go, organisers say. But they are not worry-free — there are concerns over tough labour conditions at construction sites, and unions say it is effectively impossible for workers to complain due to fear of losing their jobs.

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Japan’s teen skateboard queen eyes top Olympic spot | AFP

Japanese schoolgirl Misugu Okamoto looks to have become the host country’s best hope to win skateboarding gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. At a shade under 1.42 metres tall (4ft 6in), Okamoto makes skateboarding look easy with her smooth technique, ice-cool temperament and hair-raising aerial spins.

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Tokyo Olympics come too early for Japan’s ‘karate kid’ | AFP

13-year-old Mahiro Takano is used to punching above her weight since taking up karate in kindergarten. She has done much to boost the profile of the Japanese martial art which is set to make its Olympic debut. But when Tokyo 2020 kicks off next year little Mahiro will be too young to compete.

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To avoid Olympic chaos, Tokyo tells workers: stay home | AFP

Japan’s workers spend more hours at the office than employees in almost any other country. But to avoid traffic chaos at next year’s Olympics, authorities have a message: stay home. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES

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Tokyo adds robots to 2020 Olympic roster | AFP

A roster of Olympic robots that will do everything from welcoming visitors to transporting javelins is unveiled as Tokyo works to showcase Japanese technology at next year’s Summer Games.

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Cuban skateboarding survives on donations and Olympic dreams | AFP

Without official support, with few resources often confiscated by the police, Cuban skateboarders skate on donated boards on artisanal ramps, but they hope that the Olympic debut of the extreme sport in Tokyo 2020 will reverse this situation.

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Ukraine mixed-race wrestler tackles prejudice in election bid | AFP

Zhan Beleniuk, an Olympic wrestler with Rwandan roots, is seeking to enter Ukraine’s parliament as the first mixed-race MP in a bid to overcome racist attitudes and support the country’s young new leader. The Greco-Roman style wrestler, who won silver for Ukraine at the Rio Olympics, is standing for the new Ukrainian president, comedian and actor Volodymyr Zelensky’s party in Sunday’s polls.

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Sheep shearing pros prepare like high end athletes | AFP

Concentrated, the shearers warm up before starting the competition on the mowing podium in the small town of Le Dorat (Haute-Vienne), because for the best, being in Olympic shape and having a steely mind are the keys to victory at the world sheep shearing championship.

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AP Top Stories July 5 A

Here’s the latest for Friday July 5th: Strong earthquake in Southern California; Putin meets Italian Prime Minister; Brazilian Ex-Governor claims Olympic bribery scandal; Trump delivers Fourth of July speech.

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Semenya loses appeal against testosterone rules

Olympic athlete Caster Semenya has lost her appeal against rules designed to decrease naturally high testosterone levels in some female runners. (May 1)

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