World record holder Suzuki pulls out of Rio qualifier

Japan’s 20-km race walk world record holder Yusuke Suzuki will miss the Rio de Janeiro Olympics this summer after pulling out of Sunday’s qualifier, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations announced Wednesday. The 28-year-old has been suffering from a groin injury, and although he initially opted to enter the qualifier in his hometown of Nomi,

Former Olympic gold medalist Tsukahara retires

Athens Olympic gold medalist Naoya Tsukahara announced his retirement on Wednesday, saying he leaves gymnastics with no regrets. The 38-year-old Tsukahara, who won a team gold for Japan in 2004, said he hopes to become the best coach in the world. “I was feeling my limits so there’s no sorrow,” Tsukahara said. “I can be

43% ‘resume smoking after giving birth’

Image copyright Thinkstock Nearly half of women who quit smoking during pregnancy take it up again soon after they give birth, according to research in the journal Addiction. The analysis of several studies suggests 13% of women who enrol on smoking cessation programmes quit during pregnancy. But 43% of these restart within six months of

E-cigs and tattooing law to be passed

A wide-ranging public health law which includes a ban on e-cigarette use in some public places is set to be passed by the Welsh Assembly. Licensing for tattooists and a ban on the intimate piercing of under-16s also feature in the Public Health Bill, which is expected to be supported by an assembly majority on

NATO sends general to troubled Afghan south

KABUL The NATO-led mission in Afghanistan has sent a one-star general to lead foreign troops in embattled Helmand province, officials said on Wednesday, a rare move that signals foreign forces’ deepening involvement in the war with the Taliban. U.S. Army Brigadier General Andrew Rohling has been sent to command the Helmand advisory force, which was