Watch live as Tokyo Olympics president holds press conference
The Tokyo Olympics continues today with softball on the agenda, while Germany meeting Brazil in Yokohama headlining a busy day of men’s football too. However the build-up continues to be overshadowed by news of emerging Covid cases among athletes and officials at the Games ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony.
Tokyo’s coronavirus infections surged to a six-month high on Wednesday with the host city logging 1,832 new cases just two days before the officially Games open. There have been a number of athletes reporting positive cases forcing them into isolation and potentially ending their hopes of competing, while the highly promising Team GB skeet shooter Amber Hill tested positive shortly before her flight and the “devastated” 23-year-old has been forced to stay at home.
The action started yesterday, when Great Britain opened the women’s football competition with a comfortable 2-0 win over Chile in Sapporo. A double from striker Ellen White secured the win and there were plenty of positives for head coach Hege Riise as Team GB opened their tournament with three points. The first big shock of the Games came shortly afterwards as the reigning world champions USA were humbled 3-0 by Sweden in Tokyo, as their 44-game unbeaten run came to an end.
Follow all the latest news and updates below.
No intentions to resign, says Tokyo Olympics president
Seiko Hashimoto, the president of Tokyo 2020, said that she has no intentions to resign as another scandal hit the Games.
Her announcement came after the organisers of the Games fired Kentaro Kobayashi, the director of the opening ceremony, over his past comments about the Holocaust.
“We found out that Mr Kobayashi, in his own performance, has used a phrase ridiculing a historical tragedy,” Ms Hashimoto said. “We deeply apologise for causing such a development the day before the opening ceremony and for causing troubles and concerns to many involved parties as well as the people in Tokyo and the rest of the country.”
She added that they are “currently investigating how to do tomorrow’s opening ceremony”.
Namita Singh22 July 2021 06:04
Andy Murray to face Canada’s Auger-Aliassime in first round
Two-time Olympics champion Andy Murray will start his action in Tokyo against Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The reigning gold medallist from Great Britain will be facing the 15th seed in the first round of the tournament, it was announced today, as draws for four of five Olympic brackets were revealed in Japan.
Murray is the only tennis player to have won two consecutive singles gold medals, having triumphed at the London and Rio Olympics.
Namita Singh22 July 2021 05:46
US beat Canada in softball
The United States scored a 1-0 victory against Canada on the second day of softball at the Tokyo Olympics.
US pitcher Monica Abbott dominated the Canadian batters from the start. She pitched a one-hitter and center fielder Haylie McCleney and second baseman Ali Aguilar combined to throw out the potential tying run at the plate in the sixth inning.
The second of five days of round-robin play leaves the US at 2-0 in the standings and Canada 1-1.
Namita Singh22 July 2021 05:05
Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony director steps down over Holocaust jokes
The director of the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony has been ousted after footage of him making jokes about the Holocaust emerged on social media on Wednesday.
The dismissal of Kentaro Kobayashi was announced after a clip was widely shared on Japanese social media on Wednesday showing Kobayashi, who is a comedian, in a TV skit from the 1990s, making light of the mass murder of Jews by the Nazis.
Namita Singh22 July 2021 04:27
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Murray drawn against Auger-Aliassime
A tough draw for Andy Murray, who will play talented Canadian 20-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime in the first round. Meanwhile Naomi Osaka, Japan’s greatest tennis player, will meet China’s Zheng Saisai, ranked world No49. Some selected ties:
Novak Djokovic (1) vs Hugo Dellien
Andy Murray vs Felix Auger-Aliassime (9)
Daniil Medvedev (2) vs Alexander Bublik
Ashleigh Barty (1) vs Sara Sorribes Tormo
Naomi Osaka (2) vs Zheng Saisai
Lawrence Ostlere22 July 2021 03:38
Japanese ambassador to Australia congratulates Brisbane on selection
Yamagami Shingo took to Twitter to welcome his host country on Brisbane being selected for the 2032 Games.
Graeme Massie22 July 2021 03:15
Olympic officials ordered 160,000 condoms for Tokyo Games
Olympic organisers ordered 160,000 condoms for Tokyo Games But the athletes have been warned not to use them and to stay distanced because of Covid-19 restrictions, according to National Public Radio.
Graeme Massie22 July 2021 02:30
Team USA softball take the lead against Canada.
They lead their match against their neighbours 1-0.
Graeme Massie22 July 2021 02:14
Coming up on Thursday at the Tokyo Olympics
- The men’s football tournament kicks off, with Brazil taking on Germany in a repeat of the 2016 Olympic final at 12:30 pm BST.
- Japan, France, Spain and Argentina will also get underway. Here are eight stars to watch as the men’s tournament begins.
- The softball tournament continues with Japan taking on Mexico, USA playing Canada and Australia facing Italy.
Coming up today
Lawrence Ostlere22 July 2021 01:53