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Judo master, 97, puts ‘spirit’ above medals at Olympics

Publication date 17 February 2020 | 21:27 | ICT

Proudly sporting the red belt marking him out as one of the 15 highest-ranked Japanese judo masters in history, 97-year-old Ichiro Abe hopes the sport’s homecoming at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be more than a quest for gold.



  • Bouwmeester ‘well’ after cardiac episode during NHL game

    Publication date 13 February 2020 | 23:15 | ICT

    St Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was recovering well and in good spirits Wednesday at a Southern California hospital after a “cardiac episode” that halted an NHL game.

  • Bengaluru end Paro’s AFC dreams

    Publication date 13 February 2020 | 23:14 | ICT

    Paro FC’s hope of progressing into the next round of the Asian Football Confederation Cup was dashed to the ground when they were thrashed 9-1 in the return leg of the second preliminary round on Wednesday.

  • Red-hot Lakers beat Nuggets in overtime, Pacers snap losing streak against Bucks

    Publication date 13 February 2020 | 23:13 | ICT

    Anthony Davis scored a team-high 33 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat Denver 120-116 in overtime in the final game before the all-star break for two of the top teams in the West.

  • Six-goal Paris Saint-Germain cruises into French Cup semi-finals as Lyon knock out Marseille side

    Publication date 13 February 2020 | 23:06 | ICT

    Paris Saint-Germain cruised into the semi-finals of the French Cup on Wednesday after thumping Dijon 6-1 in a match that saw the French champions benefit again from comical own goals.

  • Celtic extend lead as Rangers crash

    Publication date 13 February 2020 | 23:05 | ICT

    Celtic moved a step closer to a ninth successive Scottish Premiership title with a 5-0 demolition of Hearts as Rangers crashed to a damaging 2-1 defeat at Kilmarnock on Wednesday.

  • Koalas lucky as Jodi Ewart Shadoff leads Aussie Open

    Publication date 13 February 2020 | 23:05 | ICT

    Jodi Ewart Shadoff made a lot of koalas happy by sinking seven birdies to lead the LPGA Australian Open with defending champion Nelly Korda three shots adrift after Thursday’s first round.

  • Golf legend Tiger Woods weighs in on sport’s distance dilemma

    Publication date 12 February 2020 | 23:05 | ICT

    Tiger Woods says “bifurcation” in the rules of golf to allow recreational players to use different equipment from professionals should be considered in the quest to curb ever-increasing hitting distance in the game.

  • St Louis’ game postponed as Bouwmeester taken to hospital

    Publication date 12 February 2020 | 23:04 | ICT

    St Louis defenceman Jay Bouwmeester suffered a “cardiac episode” on the team bench on Tuesday causing the league to postpone the NHL game between the Blues and the Anaheim Ducks.

  • Copenhagen aims to stay green while hosting Euro

    Publication date 12 February 2020 | 23:03 | ICT

    With the aim of going carbon neutral by 2025, Copenhagen faces a challenge as it prepares to host Euro 2020 matches – with the accompanying excesses – while minimising the climate impact.

  • Two-way threat Shohei Ohtani won’t pitch for Angels until May

    Publication date 12 February 2020 | 23:02 | ICT

    Japanese pitching and batting threat Shohei Ohtani will not take the mound for the Los Angeles Angels until mid-May but will open the Major League Baseball season as a designated hitter.