The spectacular appointment as environment minister of the telegenic Shinjiro Koizumi, the 38-year-old son of much-loved former PM Junichiro Koizumi, set tongues wagging in Tokyo political classes as the Abe era draws to a close.
Only 960,000 people were able to get their hands on at least one ticket for their favourite events out of the 5.12 million who had applied during the first domestic lottery in May.
Lee Chong Wei, 36-year-old three-time Olympic silver medallist and a father of two, was diagnosed with early-stage nose cancer last year.
In a bid to avoid the worst of the Japanese capital's blazing summer, fans, athletes and volunteers will have to get going at the crack of dawn.
The ruling by the Brazil Gymnastics Federation's disciplinary tribunal follows a Brazilian TV report that Fernando de Carvalho Lopes had sexually abused more than 40 victims.
The Taiwanese weightlifter was informed last year that she had tested positive for a banned substance, but the news was not made public until this week.
Cricket-governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) has been pushing for the game’s Olympic return with the shortest 20-over format and hopes it will find a place at the 2028 Games in Los Angeles.
Shiffrin also became the first skier, male or female, to win 15 World Cup races in a single calendar year.
Announcing the decision, president of the International Olympic Committee cited two Russian athletes testing positive for doping in Pyeongchang which he said was "hugely disappointing".
Alexander Krushelnitsky still has to be officially named and undergo a second test, but if confirmed the incident could keep the Russia's banned team from being reinstated and marching under the national flag at the closing ceremony.
Seventeen-year-old American snowboarder Chloe Kim, the star of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, won her first Games gold as she triumphed in the halfpipe snowboarding.
The Russians had appealed their exclusion from the Games by the IOC over the doping scandal from the 2014 Sochi Games but the decision now puts an end to any hopes of a quick Olympic return.
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