It’s Saturday, July 24 — the official first day of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Here’s what it’s good to know.
New Covid-19 circumstances introduced: The world pandemic postponed the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by a yr, and though the Games have now lastly began, Covid-19 continues 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 goals have been crushed after he examined constructive for Covid-19 in Japan on Friday. In a press release launched by the Dutch staff, Florjin mentioned his Olympic journey was “over in an instant.”
“Glimmers of hope”: The Olympics Opening Ceremony went with no hitch on Friday evening, together with a wide ranging drone present, John Lennon’s “Imagine” and in fact the normal parade of athletes by the Olympic Stadium.
Amy Bass, a professor of sports activities research within the US, mentioned 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 mentioned was meant to mirror a “message of diversity and inclusion.” In a tweet, Osaka mentioned 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 evening 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 might be discovered right here.