1 min agoWorld record holder Armand Duplantis “shocked” after rival is ruled out of Olympics From CNN’s Aleks Klosok
Pole vaulter Armand Duplantis of Sweden warms up on the track ahead of competition at the National Stadium ahead of competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Michael Steele/Getty ImagesSweden’s world record pole vaulter Armand Duplantis said on Thursday that he was “shocked” to learn of Sam Kendricks’ positive Covid-19 test which has ruled the American out of Tokyo 2020.
“It’s just very scary,” Duplantis told reporters at a press conference at the Olympic Village.
“As far as an hour ago, I was still preparing myself for a big battle with Sam (Kendricks). He’s one of my main rivals, and somebody who was definitely going to push me in the final.
“I’m kind of shocked […] It still feels like somehow, someway he’s (Sam Kendricks) going to be able to compete, but you know this is not looking good for him. It’s hard to explain the feeling.”The Swede confirmed that he hadn’t had any contact with Kendricks and would be taking extra precautions before the men’s pole vault competition begins on Saturday.
American Sam Kendricks competes in the men’s pole vault final at the Wanda Diamond League Track and Field Championships in Stockholm, Sweden on July 4. Christine Olsson/TT News Agency/AFP/Getty Images“I’ll just try to not go out of the way and do anything that’s unnecessary (or might put) me at higher risk of catching Covid,” Duplantis said.
Kendricks won bronze at the Rio Olympics and was the 2017 and 2019 world champion in the event.
12 min agoMental health and severe heat are two big issues at Tokyo 2020. The IOC just spoke about bothFrom CNN’s Gawon Bae
Simone Biles waits to perform on the vault during the artistic gymnastics final on July 27. Gregory Bull/APThe pressure of competing in the Olympics and Tokyo’s severe heat have been impacting athletes’ mental and physical health at the Summer Games, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) says it is working on both those fronts.
The IOC said it offers a 24-hour hotline available in 70 languages, a “safeguarding officer” within Tokyo’s Olympic Village and six free counseling sessions for athletes.
“I think we can always, as individuals and as representatives, we can always do more, and that’s what the Commission is working on. We’ve got to consistently stay engaged with all of our athlete representatives,” IOC mental health support chair Kirsty Coventry said in a Tokyo 2020 daily press briefing Thursday.This comes after US gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the individual all-around competition to focus on her mental health, putting a spotlight on the issue.
Biles acknowledged the “outpouring love & support” she’s received since announcing she would not compete in the women’s individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics to focus on her well-being.
“[T]he outpouring love & support I’ve received has made me realize I’m more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before,” Biles tweeted.
It remains unclear if the six-time Olympic medalist will compete in other events.
Tokyo heat: The committee is also working to prevent heat illnesses, particularly heat stroke, during the Games, Tokyo 2020’s medical and scientific director Richard Budgett said.
Budgett pointed to provisions such as changed formats, giving 10-minute cool-down breaks and stopping the match when the temperature rises over 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 degrees Fahrenheit), saying the committee has been “very well prepared” for the heat situation, particularly for tennis events.
Additionally, the committee has been working with local experts to prevent heat stroke as the athletes push themselves, he said.
It was so hot on the tennis courts in Tokyo on Wednesday, that Russian Olympic Committee’s Daniil Medvedev asked what would happen if he died during the match. Separately, Spain’s Paula Badosa was forced to retire from her quarterfinal match due to heatstroke.
18 min agoThe sound of Tokyo 2020 is mostly cicadasFrom CNN’s George Ramsay in Tokyo
What’s the soundtrack of an Olympics without the shouting and cheering of spectators? Cicadas, mostly.
With Tokyo under a state of emergency throughout the Games, fans have been barred from attending venues in the Japanese capital.
Some events have a good atmosphere as coaches, officials, and non-competing athletes are permitted to watch — socially-distanced — from the stands, while others have been eerily quiet.
At times, it’s even possible to hear a constant rattle of cicadas from the trees and bushes around venues.
In Japan, the noisy bugs have been called “the sound of the summer,” and perhaps that’s more true than ever against the backdrop of an Olympics without fans.
The cicadas, about an inch or an inch-and-half in length, also provide entertainment for kids, who run around trying to catch them in nets.
Here’s a snapshot of what they sound like:
19 min agoTokyo sees third consecutive day of record Covid-19 casesFrom CNN’s Arthur Syin in Tokyo
People cross a street in Tokyo on Wednesday, July 28. Koji Sasahara/APTokyo has reported a record number of new Covid-19 cases for the third consecutive day amid the 2020 Olympic Games, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Japan’s capital reported 3,865 new cases Thursday, topping Wednesday’s record when it added 3,177 new cases.
At least 198 Covid-19 cases have been reported as linked to the Tokyo Games as of Thursday, according to Olympic organizers.
Tokyo is currently under a state of emergency in effect until August 22.
On Thursday, local media reported that three prefectures neighboring Tokyo — Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama — will ask the Japanese government to add them to areas under the Covid-19 state of emergency after the
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