Tokyo Olympics 2021 LIVE: Opening Ceremony to launch games after year-long delay


The Tokyo Olympic Games in numbers

Millions of people around the world will tune in to watch the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday, which became controversial after the director was forced out just a day before the event. Kentaro Kobayashi was fired for past comments that “ridiculed the painful facts of history,” according to Tokyo 2020 organizers, which were in fact anti-Semitic comments made in a 1998 comedic act about the Holocaust. Japanese musician Keigo Oyamada, who composed the music for the opening and closing ceremonies, also resigned as allegations of previous bullying behavior resurfaced.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo will see athletes from 200 countries marching through a nearly empty stadium, in front of around 1,000 officials and dignitaries, rather than 68,000 fans. Japanese Emperor Naruhito will attend and declare the Olympics, but he will not be joined by any other member of the Imperial Family. First Lady Jill Biden will also be in attendance. “I think it will be a moment of joy and relief as we enter the stadium,” IOC President Thomas Bach said earlier this week.

In addition to the ceremony on Friday, there will also be qualifying for the archery and rowing competitions. Follow all the latest news and updates below.

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Twitter has an Olympics emoji

Twitter also delved into the Tokyo Olympics hype as the social media giant added the Olympics emoji to its platform ahead of the opening ceremony.

The emoji, which resembles an olive wreath, triggers when a user types #Olympics and is available in over 30 different languages.

Namita SinghJuly 23, 2021, 6:53 AM

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Olympic torch relay ends in Tokyo

The Olympic Torch Relay is now over after a final event at Citizen Square in Shinjuku City, Tokyo.

A ceremony to mark the arrival of the torch in Tokyo brought together the city governor Koike Yuriko and the mayor of Shinjuku-ku, Yoshizumi Kenichi.

Kabuki actor Nakamura Kankuro VI lit the Olympic flame on a special celebratory cauldron.

The torch will inevitably play a key role in the Games’ opening ceremony later today, when it is transported from Shinjuku to the Olympic Stadium.

Namita SinghJuly 23, 2021 6:31 AM

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Russian athletes suspected of doping kept away from Tokyo Olympics

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Friday that several Russian athletes suspected of doping had been kept away from the Tokyo Olympics. The suspicions are based on evidence from a Moscow testing lab that was shut down in 2015.

The anti-doping agency will, however, be forced to watch Russian athletes don uniforms in their country’s colors and compete in the Games after receiving soft penalties for the doping scandal.

Russia was initially banned from the event in December 2019 for four years, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport halved the penalties late last year.

The team of 335 Russian athletes accredited to participate in the games are still not allowed to compete under their own flag but can wear their tricolor uniforms instead of the neutral ones initially imposed by WADA.

Namita SinghJuly 23, 2021, 6:09 AM

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Russian archer passes out from scorching heat

A Russian archer passed out this afternoon in the scorching heat of Tokyo during a qualifying round.

Svetlana Gomboeva passed out while checking her final scores. She quickly regained consciousness and was helped by staff and teammates who put ice packs on her head to keep her cool.

Her trainer Stanislav Popov told the media that this was the first time she had passed out. “In Vladivostok, where we trained before, the weather was similar. But the humidity played a role here, ”he said, adding that they hope she will be okay.

Her teammate Ksenia Perova later told reporters that Gomboeva was recovering and she could return to competition.

Namita SinghJuly 23, 2021 5:30 AM

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US water polo captain to skip opening ceremony

Jesse Smith, the captain of the US men’s water polo team, said he would skip the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday after the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) imposed restrictions on the number of players from his team who can participate in the festivities.

The water polo roster for the Olympics consists of 13 players, 12 of whom are designated as available for each match. Smith was informed by the USOPC that only 12 accredited athletes could attend the ceremony, he said.

“We’ve tried to keep our team together and change it up with every constructive outing, but to no avail, and now it’s time to refocus on preparing for the game,” he tweeted. “So tonight I’m sending my team over there to represent [the United States] proudly and soak up every moment. Let’s go boys!

Namita SinghJuly 23, 2021 5:13 AM

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Google Launches Doodle Games Based On Tokyo Olympics

Google is launching an interactive Doodle game series based on the Tokyo Olympics. Created by Japanese animation company Studio 4 ° C and called Doodle Champion Island Games, the new feature includes a series of 16-bit Olympics-themed mini-games.

Participating users will contribute their scores to one of four teams that will be tracked by Google.

Namita SinghJuly 23, 2021 04:55

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South Korean archer AN San sets new Olympic record

South Korean archer An San set a new Olympic record in the women’s classification round of the Tokyo Olympics with a score of 680, finishing first in the standings.

She shot 36 10s and 16Xs, surpassing the previous record of 673 points set by Ukrainian Lina Herasymenko in 1996. Second and third positions were also won by her two teammates. Jan Min-hee was second with 677 points and Kang Chae-young was third with 675 points.

The team event, which uses the combined results of the three archers from each country, also saw a new Olympic record set by South Korea leading the standings with 2,032 points, followed by Mexico with 1976 points and the United States. in third position with 1970 points.

Namita SinghJuly 23, 2021 04:38

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Three other athletes tested positive for Covid-19 infection

Three other athletes at the Tokyo Olympics tested positive for coronavirus infection, Olympics organizers said on Friday.

The total number of Olympics-related cases has now increased by 19, bringing the total number of reported cases to 106.

Namita SinghJuly 23, 2021 4:17 AM

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Athletes who fell in love at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics share their wisdom with participants

Athletes who fell in love and then married after meeting on a flight to the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 urged attendees to make “good memories.”

Sharing the wisdom, cyclist Hugh Porter and swimmer Anita Lonsbrough, who have won numerous gold medals and peaked in their respective games, called on the athletes to “absorb it all”.

Namita SinghJuly 23, 2021 4:05 AM

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Shane’s dreams in Tokyo shattered

Doping accused Lebogang Shange will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics after the Swiss Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed his ban on Friday.

In 2019, the South African walker tested positive for trenbolone, a banned anabolic steroid, a drug used to promote muscle growth in cattle and was given a four-year suspension.

Shange, the 20 km national record holder, appealed the suspension and was temporarily released from his suspension for a week at the end of June, allowing him to secure his qualification for Tokyo.

But with the maintenance of the ban by the CAS, the 30-year-old will be able to resume his activities in 2023. However, all the results obtained by him from November 4, 2019 are canceled.

Shange finished 44th in the 20km walk at the Rio Olympics and fourth at the 2017 world championships.

Namita SinghJuly 23, 2021 3:57 AM


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