Sadaf Khadem: Iran’s first official female boxer

24-year-old Iranian Sadaf Khadem has been awarded a boxing licence in France where she currently trains, making her Iran’s first woman to take part in an official boxing match. The Olympic committee is also forcing countries to make sports mixed or face having their male athletes banned from competition, meaning Khadem could one day take part in the Olympics.

China’s breakdancers seek to close gap before Olympics

Breakdancing is in the global spotlight like never before as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) gives it the provisional nod for inclusion at the Paris 2024 Games.

Tokyo unveils chatty robots for 2020 Olympics

Tokyo Olympic organisers roll out a pair of chatty robots they will put to work to assist wheelchair users at the 2020 Games as they continue to showcase Japan’s cutting-edge technology.

Fukushima evacuees resist return as Olympics near

With Japan keen to flaunt Tokyo 2020 as the “Reconstruction Olympics”, people who fled the Fukushima nuclear disaster are being urged to return home but not everyone is eager to go.

Female surfing pro welcomes equal prizes for men and women

Pro surfer Johanne Defay calls the parity of prize money for men and women on the 2019 world surf tour “amazing”. The 2018 world number five trains on her home island La Reunion ahead of a historic season during which she could qualify for the Olympics.

Fukushima evacuees resist return as Olympics near

With Japan keen to flaunt Tokyo 2020 as the “Reconstruction Olympics”, people who fled the Fukushima nuclear disaster are being urged to return home but not everyone is eager to go.

French swimming champ sponsors ‘Special Olympics’ athletes

Former Olympic swimming champion Alain Bernard is sponsoring an 85-strong delegation of special needs athletes set to represent France at the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi in 2019, an event expected to welcome 7,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world on March 14-21.

Breakdancing set for Olympics debut in Paris 2024

Breakdancing is set to make its debut as an Olympic sport at Paris 2024, while skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing, which have already been added to the programme for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, have been invited to return in Paris four years later.

Paris 2024 Summer Olympics venues

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Tokyo airport tests driverless bus to shuttle visitors

Visitors pouring into Japan’s Haneda airport for the Tokyo Olympics next year may find themselves ferried to and from planes on driverless buses, currently being tested at the major hub.