It’s Saturday, July 24 — the official first day of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Here’s what it’s worthwhile to know.
New Covid-19 circumstances introduced: The world pandemic postponed the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by a yr, and despite the fact that the Games have now lastly began, Covid-19 remains to be creating difficulties for athletes and organizers.
There have been 127 Covid-19 circumstances associated to the Olympics as of Saturday, with one other 17 new infections introduced within the earlier 24 hours. Although Tokyo 2020 officers have not revealed which nationalities have been affected, some athletes and groups are making the bulletins themselves.
One instance is Dutch rower Finn Florijn, whose Olympic desires had been crushed after he examined constructive for Covid-19 in Japan on Friday. In an announcement launched by the Dutch workforce, Florjin stated his Olympic journey was “over in an instant.”
“Glimmers of hope”: The Olympics Opening Ceremony went and not using a hitch on Friday night time, together with a wide ranging drone present, John Lennon’s “Imagine” and in fact the standard parade of athletes via the Olympic Stadium.
Amy Bass, a professor of sports activities research within the US, stated the occasion provided “glimmers of hope” for what has been a troubled Olympics thus far.
The Olympic flame was lit by Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka, a selection Games organizers stated was meant to mirror a “message of diversity and inclusion.” In a tweet, Osaka stated lighting the Olympic flame was “undoubtedly the greatest athlete achievement and honor I will ever have in my life.”
What’s on schedule: The opening day of Tokyo 2020 began with a bang, as the primary official gold medal of the Games went to Chinese athlete Yang Qian within the ladies’s 10m air rifle.
Plenty of different occasions are scheduled for Saturday, Friday night time US time, together with the beginning of the swimming, desk tennis and water polo competitions. Medals for biking, fencing, judo, taekwondo and weightlifting are additionally anticipated to be handed out on Saturday.
The full Olympics schedule may be discovered here.