A flame is ignited at the Olympic cauldron, which was used at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, at National Stadium in Tokyo to celebrate the city’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics on Sunday.

Tokyo was selected on Saturday to host the 2020 Summer Olympics in what was considered a safe rather than transformative choice in a time of political(...)

The Tokyo 2020 bid delegation celebrate as Tokyo is awarded the 2020 Summer Olympic Games last night  in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has praised Tokyo’s triumphant bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games as an opportunity to showcase Japan’s resurgence (...)

Turkey minister of youth and sports Suat Kilic speaks to the media . Photograph:  Halleran/Getty Images

After two years of intense lobbying and tens of millions of dollars spent, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo are making their final pleas to the Internationa(...)

 Fireworks light up the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England.   Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Divining the real cost of an Olympics Games is as impossible as parsing the motives of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) members for choosing (...)

 Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko and   prime minister Vladimir Putin (right).

Russia’s minister of sports, Vitaly Mutko, said on Thursday that foreign athletes travelling to Russia for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi would be expect(...)

Katie Taylor exchanges blows with Natasha Jonas during their bout at the London Olympics last year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Amateur boxing officials have accepted defeat in their bid to increase the number of women’s weight categories for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The wor(...)

Protesters run in panic as Turkish riot police returned to Istanbul’s Taksim Square yesterday. Riot police fired volleys of tear gas canisters into the square, the centre of protests against prime minister Tayyip Erdogan, driving thousands into narrow side streets, witnesses said. Photograph: Reuters/Yannis Behrakis

The epicentre of anti-government protests sweeping Turkey was tense last night ahead of anticipated talks between prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (...)

Chairman of the British Athletic Association Lord Coe with President of the Olympic Council of Ireland Pat Hickey, Minister of State for Transport Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD and sculptor Paul Ferriter at the unveiling of sculpture of the London 2012 Olympic Torch. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Three years to Rio and Rory McIlroy’s Olympic marathon doesn’t look like flagging. Even the intervention of a Lord yesterday could not ease the(...)

Ireland’s Alison Miller in action against France. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

They are selling a dream of Rio. Neatly packaged, lavishly funded, hard work required but no experience necessary, the IRFU has moved from thei(...)

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