2 hr 35 min agoIt’s the second day of Olympic competition in Tokyo. Here’s what you should knowKelsey Jenkins #1 of Team Canada high-fives teammates before their game against Team United States during the Softball Opening Round of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium on July 22. Yuichi Masuda/Getty ImageThe Olympics formally kick off Friday night in Tokyo with the opening ceremony, but competition at the pandemic-delayed Summer Games is already underway.
Here’s what you need to know ahead of the second day of events:
Covid keeps coming: The challenges of holding one of the world’s most prestigious sporting competitions during a pandemic have never been more clear. Several athletes have seen their dreams dashed after testing positive either in their home countries or upon arrival in Japan. Dozens of cases in Japan have been tied to the Games.
With a little more than 24 hours to go until the opening ceremony, organizers continue to exude confidence the Olympics can be held successfully with the safety measures in place.
Still, things look remarkably different than years past. The nearly empty stadiums in which athletes are competing are a constant visual reminder of the pandemic’s toll. Tomorrow’s festivities may look even more barren. Organizers said only 950 VIPs will attend the opening ceremony, held in a stadium with 68,000 seats.
Japan’s top Olympic official did not rule out a last-minute cancellation, but things appear to be going ahead as planned.
“The world needs now more than ever a celebration of hope,” World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a speech in Tokyo ahead of the Games. “The celebrations may be more muted this year, but the message of hope is all the more important.”Activist athletes: Five women’s football teams protested against racism ahead of their opening matches: Great Britain, Chile, the United States, Sweden and New Zealand. Australia’s team remained standing with their arms locked together and posed for a pre-game photo with the country’s Indigenous flag.
Swedish defender Amanda Ilestedt said after the match they were standing up for human rights.
Softball, football and shooting: The schedule today is lighter than a normal Olympic day, but here are some of the highlights:
The top-seeded US softball team takes on Canada, which is ranked thirdMen’s football begins with eight matches in the afternoon and evening Japan timeOfficial shooting training will take place at the Asaka Shooting Range.3 hr 32 min agoA thrashing, a surprise and some history marked the first day of women’s football at the OlympicsChristen Press #11 of Team United States looks dejected during the Women’s First Round Group G match between Sweden and the US during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 21, in Chofu, Tokyo, Japan. Dan Mullan/Getty ImagesWomen’s football began on Wednesday, and three matches brought plenty of surprises:
A poor start for the Americans: Sweden beat the US Women’s National Team 3-0 on Wednesday.
Stina Blackstenius’ brace and Lina Hurtig’s thumping header gave Sweden a deserved victory, and the US looked like a shadow of the team that won the World Cup two years ago.
Brazil makes history: Marta, widely regarded as one of the greatest female footballers of all time, became the first player to score in five straight Olympics after netting in her country’s 5-0 win against China.
Another Brazil legend, Formiga, became the first women’s player to take part in seven Olympic Games after playing 72 minutes against China.
Netherlands thrashes Zambia: The Dutch beat Zambia 10-3, breaking the record for the most goals scored by a single team in a women’s Olympic football match. It was also the highest-scoring game in women’s Olympic football since it made its debut at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
3 hr 7 min agoAbout 950 VIPs will attend the 2020 Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony From CNN’s Arthur Syin in Tokyo
About 950 VIPs will attend the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Japanese capital on Friday, according to CNN affiliate TV Asahi.
The total will include around 800 foreign guests and 150 from Japan, the affiliate reported.
5 hr 21 min ago5 women’s football teams take a knee ahead of opening Olympic Games matchesFrom CNN’s Jacob Lev
Five women’s football teams took a knee ahead of their opening matches at the 2020 Summer Games.
Both Great Britain and Chile took a knee on the pitch before their match. The United States and S
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