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  • Nagoya, Aichi prefecture named as 2026 Asian Games hosts

    (Reuters) - Japan will host the Asian Games for the third time in 2026 after Aichi prefecture and its capital Nagoya were confirmed as the venue for the 21st edition of the multi-sport event by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on Sunday. Japan, hosts of the 2017 Asian Winter Games, 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Summer Olympics, also staged the Asian Games in Tokyo in 1958 and Hiroshima in 1994. The bid only received the green light from the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) earlier this month after the provision detailed cost estimates. More »

    Reuters - 4 minutes 42 seconds ago
  • Games-Nagoya, Aichi prefecture named as 2026 Asian Games hosts

    Japan will host the Asian Games for the third time in 2026 after Aichi prefecture and its capital Nagoya were confirmed as the venue for the 21st edition of the multi-sport event by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on Sunday. Japan, hosts of the 2017 Asian Winter Games, 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Summer Olympics, also staged the Asian Games in Tokyo in 1958 and Hiroshima in 1994. The bid only received the green light from the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) earlier this month after the provision detailed cost estimates. More »

    Reuters - 7 minutes ago
  • Japan sake pours overseas as local market dries up

    Japan sake pours overseas as local market dries up

    An employee of the Ozawa Shuzo brewery puts bottles of sake into crates More »

    AFP - 23 minutes ago
  • Ice hockey: Canada dump Russia to reach World Cup final

    Ice hockey: Canada dump Russia to reach World Cup final

    By Frank Pingue TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada needed three third-period goals to break open a showdown with Russia and reach the World Cup of Hockey final with a 5-3 victory on Saturday - the latest instalment in the storied rivalry between the two nations. Canada struck three times in the opening 10 minutes of the final period to break a 2-2 deadlock before holding the explosive Russian offense largely in check the rest of the way and set up a title decider against Sweden or Team Europe. "I get pretty excited when it's Canada versus Russia whether playing in (tonight's) game or if it's the world juniors, any type of hockey game," said Canadian captain Sidney Crosby, who finished the game with a goal and two assists. More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • Wiggins denies seeking 'unfair advantage' from prescribed drugs

    Wiggins denies seeking 'unfair advantage' from prescribed drugs

    British cyclist Bradley Wiggins has defended his use of banned substances under medical exemption rules, saying he was not looking for "unfair advantage" but merely trying to mitigate the impact of asthma and allergies. The first Briton to win the Tour de France, Wiggins has been the subject of allegations of hypocrisy over the timing of the medical interventions since his anti-doping records were among those leaked by cyber hackers on the fancybear.net website. The data leaked relates to Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), which allow athletes to take banned substances for verified medical needs and are signed off by sports federations. More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago