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South Korea asks IOC to ban Japan's use of 'Rising Sun' flag at Olympics

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has asked the International Olympic Committee to bar Japan from using the "Rising Sun" flag at next year's Games, Seoul's sports ministry said on Wednesday, as the Asian neighbours engage in an ever more rancorous feud over history and trade.

Japan-South Korea slanging match over tiny islands dragged again into Olympic arena

TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) - A war of words over ownership of a group of tiny islands in the sea between Japan and South Korea spilled over to the Olympics on Wednesday as Tokyo criticised Seoul's complaint over a map of Japan on the Tokyo Games website.

Designed by committee, Toyota's Japan Taxi becomes an expensive Olympic symbol

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor's Japan Taxi, born in a government committee and designed to be an all-things-to-all-people cab, has become a high-priced icon of Tokyo's budget-busting 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

As Ajax look to export young talent, Real order it in

(Reuters) - The Champions League last-16 first-leg match between Real Madrid and Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday is an intriguing clash of two European heavyweights who have made young players central to their strategies, but for very different reasons.

Alliance Bank emerge tops in badminton championship

ENTERING into its second year, the recently concluded CTOS Sweatplus Inter-Financial Institutions Badminton Championship held at Sports Arena Sentosa saw Alliance Bank emerging as the final champion, carrying off the Premier Cup Challenge Trophy and a cash prize of RM3,000.

Federer hits out at 'lethargic' Swiss team following World Cup exit

LONDON (Reuters) - The FIFA rankings state Switzerland are the sixth best soccer team in the world but Roger Federer said his "lethargic" countrymen got what they deserved at the World Cup after they were beaten 1-0 by Sweden in the Round of 16.

Elimination sends Mexico back to the drawing board

(Reuters) - Mexico have had six different coaches at the last seven World Cups ranging from the impassioned, ranting Mexican Miguel Herrera to irascible Argentine Ricardo La Volpe and the cerebral Colombian Juan Carlos Osorio, their current boss.

Madness In Reverse: Brazilians Seem Blasé

RIO DE JANEIRO — There may be no better barometer of Brazil’s enthusiasm — or lack thereof — for the World Cup than Jorge Rudge Street.

Japan World Cup factbox

TOKYO (Reuters) - Factbox on the Japan national team ahead of the 2018 World Cup:

Grain exporters in Russia's south fear World Cup security hurdles

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Grain exporters in southern Russia are seeking government assurances that shipments will not be disrupted during the World Cup football finals because of tight security on roads and at ports, industry sources said.