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The Tokyo Olympics is under way with football and softball matches taking place today ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony. Japan got off to the perfect start by thrashing Australia in a softball match in Fukushima, before the expected overall medal-table toppers USA beat Italy.
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.
The Games remains on course although the head of the organising committee Toshiro Muto refused to completely rule out a last-minute cancellation amid ongoing concern surrounding Covid-19. “At this point, the coronavirus cases may rise or fall, so we will think about what we should do when the situation arises.”
Meanwhile the American swimmer Becca Meyers has pulled out of the Paralympics because the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee won’t let her bring her mother to Tokyo as her personal care assistant. Follow all the latest news and updates below.
Tokyo 2020: Day one round-up
- 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.
Jamie Braidwood21 July 2021 16:00
AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIAN TILLY KEARNS SHARES COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR EATING IN OLYMPIC VILLAGE IN VIRAL TIKTOK
With cases of Covid among athletes already reported ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, one Olympian has shared some of the day-to-day safety precautions athletes are following to stay safe in the Olympic Village.
Since arriving in Tokyo for the Olympic Games, which begin on 23 July, Australian water polo player Tilly Kearns has been sharing behind-the-scenes moments on TikTok and Instagram, which have included a look at the infamous cardboard beds created for athletes.
In her most recent TikTok, uploaded on Wednesday, the 20-year-old detailed some of the rigorous safety protocols athletes are being required to follow in the Olympic dining hall, including a team rule that limits eating to just 10 minutes.
Justin Vallejo21 July 2021 23:26
White women of the Norwegian handball team are finding out what hijabi women knew
Another day, another group of men deciding how women should cover their bodies. Except this time, the victims in the spotlight are white women from Norway. The oppressors? The International Handball Federation, writes Hafsa Lodi for Indy Voices.
“Citing “improper clothing”, the Federation’s Disciplinary Commission slapped a fine of 150 euros per member of Norway’s female team at the Beach Handball Euro 2021 championship on Sunday, because they chose to wear shorts instead of the bikini bottoms that are required of players. They were penalized for deciding to add a little bit of length to their uniforms, thereby fully covering their butts and inner thighs — even though male handball players are allowed to wear shorts up to four inches above their knees.”
Justin Vallejo21 July 2021 22:47
Trolls pile onto Megan Rapinoe after shock USA loss in Olympics
While it’s a sad day for U.S. football fans (we, of course, mean “soccer,” but since this is an English publication, we must use the UK term that is “football” throughout), Megan Rapine’s critics are relishing in the team’s defeat, seeing it as her personal failure, writes Danielle Sinay for Indy 100.
“Right-wing trolls have taken to Twitter to roast the World Cup winner, calling Rapinoe a slew of nicknames ranging from “SJW” [social justice warrior] to “anti-American” to an “utter, supreme narcissist.” Apparently, the right wing is displeased with the Rapinoe’s tendency to “take a knee” prior to matches: In an excerpt from her book, Rapinoe revealed that after she knelt, “White people were mad. Whew, were they mad! Conservative commentators in the media immediately started shouting and yelling that kneeling during the anthem disrespected the military.” They also don’t seem to like her hair.”
Justin Vallejo21 July 2021 22:11
Tokyo Games boast equal gender participation for first time
Most of the public attention goes to the big sports — gymnastics, swimming, track and field — but away from the spotlight, women from niche sports are being recognized and given an Olympics chance.
The International Olympic Committee added 18 new events to the Tokyo Games in a push toward gender equity. There are an equal number of women and men for every sport, excluding baseball and softball because of differing roster sizes.
The IOC said women’s participation in Tokyo will be 49%, up from 45% at Rio, a nearly even split with the men. The committee also noted that when women made their Olympic debut at the Paris Games in 1900, there were only 22 females out of 997 total athletes. Those pioneers competed across five sports, among them croquet and equestrian.
“Tokyo 2020 is predicted to be the most gender equal yet with female participation,” the IOC said.
The new opportunities come in several sports and several sizes: Great Britain, for example, is sending more women than men to the Olympics for the first time. In water polo, two additional teams were added, for a total of 10. It’s still two shy of the men’s tournament, but a win for the women’s movement. – Associated Press
Justin Vallejo21 July 2021 21:34
Sue Bird and Eddy Alvarez to carry USA flag at Opening Ceremony
The women’s basketballer and men’s baseballer were announced as the two flag bearers for the Opening Ceremony.
The pair, who were announced during the TODAY show on Wednesday, were chosen by their USA teammates.
Alvarez has the rare accomplishment of representing the US in the winter and summer Olympic Games, first as a speed skater in the 2014 Winter Olympics where he won a silver medal, and this year as a Baseball infielder.
Bird is on the women’s basketball team. As a 40-year-old, she is the oldest American basketball player to compete at the Olympic level and has four gold medals dating back to her 2004 debut at the Athens Games.
Justin Vallejo21 July 2021 21:05
Russian swimmer latest to miss games because of Covid
Swimmer Ilya Borodin will miss the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19, the Russian Swimming Federation said on Wednesday.
The 18-year-old, the 2020 European champion in the men’s 400 metre individual medley, tested positive for the coronavirus during a training camp in the city of Vladivostok in the far east of Russia before departing for Japan.
“Ilya Borodin, a European champion and one of the leaders on the Olympic team, tested positive for COVID-19, meaning he will not take part in the Tokyo Olympics,” the Russian Swimming Federation said in a statement.
The federation said that all other athletes and training staff had tested negative for the virus. – Reuters
Justin Vallejo21 July 2021 20:40
Australian removed from games for cocaine
Equestrian show jumper Jamie Kermod was removed from the Australian Olympic team after testing positive for cocaine.
In a statement, Equestrian Australia said the 26 June test resulted in a mandatory provisional suspension under the World Anti-Doping Agency policy.
While awaiting a B-sample to confirm the result, Kermond admitted in a statement the positive result was likely from “a single recreational use of the drug at a social event and had no connection with my sport of equestrian”
Justin Vallejo21 July 2021 20:15
Watch: Sha’Carri Richardson & Kanye West
The track star banned from the Olympics for taking marijuana looks to have a new endorsement from Beats by Dre.
The runner posted the ad, cut together by Kanye West with music from an upcoming album, to her Instagram before the first day of competition kicked off.
“There will be ups and down in life, but it’s important to remember to RUN YOUR OWN RACE,” she said in the post. “Another commercial and another new Ye song dropping tomorrow!”
The track, “No Child Left Behind” will be on the album Donda releasing on Friday.
Justin Vallejo21 July 2021 19:50
Team USA volleyballer Taylor Crabb tests positive for Covid-19
The beach volleyball player is the first American athlete to test positive who was expected to compete at the Tokyo games, according to NBC News.
Taylor Crabb’s diagnosis on the day competition began, before the opening ceremony, follows the positive tests of US gymnastics team backup alternates Kara Eaker and Leanne Wong.
Crabb’s brother, Trevor Crabb, told NBC News the situation was “terrible”
“[He’s] fine and healthy and should be allowed to play, in my personal opinion,” he told NBC.
Justin Vallejo21 July 2021 19:24