Tokyo Olympics: Australian softball squad among first athletes to travel to Japan for Games

The squad of 23 will arrive in Ota City for a coaching camp earlier than dealing with Japan on July 21, a sport that marks the beginning of official Olympic competitors two days earlier than the opening ceremony.

Having not confronted a world opponent since February final yr, the Aussie Spirit, which has received a medal in every of its previous Olympic appearances, may even play in opposition to skilled softball golf equipment in Japan, in addition to two video games in opposition to the Japanese nationwide group, earlier than the Olympics get underway.

“We’ve done so much training over the last year, we’ve had intra-squad camps against one another, now we finally get to play some really tough competition against Japanese clubs,” stated squad member Jade Wall.

The Aussie Spirit players are among the first athletes to leave for the Tokyo Olympics. The Aussie Spirit players are among the first athletes to leave for the Tokyo Olympics.

Earlier this month, Australia began to vaccinate its Olympic and Paralympic athletes with the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 shot.

Australian Olympic Committee CEO Matt Carroll stated on the time that getting a vaccine was not obligatory however “highly, highly recommended.”

Softball is returning to the Olympics having been faraway from this system after the 2008 Games.

It’s one in all a variety of sports activities added to the Olympics forward of Tokyo, alongside sport climbing, browsing, skateboarding and karate.

Australia's softball players prepare to leave for the Tokyo Olympics.Australia's softball players prepare to leave for the Tokyo Olympics.

“All staff and players heading to Japan today are fully vaccinated thanks to the Australian Olympic Committee,” stated Softball Australia CEO David Pryles.

“They’ll also be undergoing stringent testing and checks as soon as they land at the airport and throughout their camp and Olympic fixtures.

“Movements in Japan are restricted to the one degree of the group lodge in Ota the place they are going to full gymnasium work, conferences, meals and, in fact, stress-free amongst themselves.”

In the previous few weeks, there was mounting pressure in Japan for the Games to be canceled amid the pandemic, though International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound recently told NCS {that a} cancellation is “primarily off the desk.”