A year later, the Summer Olympics have arrived. Star athletes representing hundreds of countries convened in Tokyo for an international competition unlike any previous Summer Olympics.
There will be no audience. May be lost due to a positive coronavirus test. There have been many athletes who had to bow their heads to lose. The Games, which will be hosted by a City in a State of Emergency, are expected to continue after the conclusion of the Games, will begin in earnest with the Opening Ceremony on Friday and will last until the 8th of August.
This is most likely to be remembered as the COVID-19 Game.
Just a few days ago, the president of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee Toshiro Muto said the Olympics could still be canceled if cases continue to rise, even though at the moment it seems not. On Wednesday, Tokyo had 1,832 new infections, the highest level in six months. More than 70 people connected to the Olympics have tested positive.
Ultimately, the decision to cancel the Games will rest with the International Olympic Committee, unless the Japanese government intervenes and imposes measures that make it impossible for the Games to continue, such as a stay-at-home order or other measures. limitations.
“We are working 120% to deliver [a] The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were a great success,” said Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee spokesman Masa Takaya this week.
The Opening Ceremony will lack the usual pomp and circumstance. The “parade of nations” will include fewer athletes from their respective countries as many will arrive late and leave early because of coronavirus restrictions.
Even the act of awarding a medal will be different. Usually, dignitaries place medals around the athletes’ necks as they stand on the podium during the medal ceremony. But this year, medals will be placed on trays and athletes will wear them around their own necks.
As for the actual competition, the plot will be a lot. Americans Simone Biles (gymnastics) and Katie Ledecky (swimming) will seek to build on past dominance and add to their legacy. The United States women’s basketball team, with a record of 49 Olympic championship games dating back to 1992, won its seventh consecutive gold medal. Meanwhile, the men’s team entered the Olympics after a shaky performance, losing to Nigeria and Australia, and without top stars like LeBron James, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard, who have passed away from injuries. or indifferent. The US women’s soccer team, which was defeated by Sweden in its first game of the group stage, is looking to become the first team to win the Olympic championship after winning the World Cup.
One notable absence from the American was track and field star Sha’Carri Richardson, who won the 100 meters in the Olympic Trials, but was disqualified for testing positive for marijuana. That paved the way for Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica in her quest to become the first woman to win three consecutive gold medals in the event.
For the first time, there will be a 3v3 basketball event for men and women, in addition to karate, surfing, sport climbing and skateboarding. Baseball and softball are back after a 13-year absence, with six teams qualifying in each sport.
Friday, it officially begins. What follows will be a Summer Olympics unlike any other.
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