Japan win softball opener as Games ‘of hope’ begin

    Japan win softball opener as Games 'of hope' begin


    The Minori Naito of Japan during its headquarters. Photo: Reuters



    The Minori Naito of Japan during its headquarters. Photo: Reuters

    Japan’s women’s softball team kicked off the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in a winning start for the hosts on Wednesday, launching a Virgin Mary postponed for a pandemic that the World Health Organization could be “a celebration of hope” , even when COVID-19 cases increase.

    The Olympics and Japanese officials have gone ahead with the sporting spectacle despite opposition in the country to host more than 11,000 athletes, staff and media – dozens of whom have already tested positive for COVID-19.

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    Head of WHO https: //www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/who-head-tedros-backs-tokyo-gam … Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the Games must move forward to show the world what it can do achieved with the right plan and measures.

    “May the rays of hope from this earth illuminate a new dawn for a healthier, safer and fairer world,” he said, holding up an Olympic flashlight as he addressed members of the International Olympic Committee in the Japanese capital. “I sincerely hope that the Tokyo Games will succeed.”

    Spectators have been excluded and restricted in and around Tokyo in an effort to minimize health risks among residents and visitors.

    Japan, with about 34% of the population having at least one dose of the vaccine, was worried that the Olympics could become a widespread event.

    In a recent poll in the Asahi newspaper, 68% of those polled expressed doubts about the ability of Olympic organizers to control coronavirus infections, with 55% saying they were opposed to the upcoming Games.


    The official opening ceremony of the Games is on Friday and is expected to be an upgraded, disappointing show https: //www.reuters.com/article/olympics-2020-ceremony/interview-olympic …, according to Marco Balich, senior consultant to Tokyo Executive Ceremony Producer.

    As with the opening ceremony, the women’s softball match between the competing gold medalist Japan and Australia took place without spectators amidst torches and polite applause from several hundred employees at a Fukushima stadium, which was destroyed by fire in 2011 and destruction.

    Players standing along the benches under the hot sun – 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) from midfield – shouted at the players all morning, giving the game a Little League feel.

    The game ended after five seasons due to a rule of mercy https://www.reuters.com/article/olympics-2020-softball-focus-idCNL2N2NB1XQ, as a trio of Japanese bilateral hostages overcame the fence while the United States overcame the Italy 2-0 and Canada beat Mexico.

    The first of six women’s soccer matches on Wednesday was also in progress.

    However, coronary heart disease infections continued to affect participants, with at least seven more positive cases increasing the total to more than 75.

    Dutch skateboarder Candy Jacobs has confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19 and is retiring from racing, along with a Chilean taekwondo competitor.

    “I will take some time to let my broken heart heal and recover from it,” Jacobs wrote on her Instagram account.

    Cases have risen in Tokyo and Japanese media have reported that government adviser Shigeru Omi said daily COVID-19 infections in Tokyo could reach a record 3,000 in the first week of August, more than doubling their recent peak.

    This would put an extremely high risk of pressure on the already strained medical system.

    Stressing the reduced pandemic due to the pandemic, top government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said Prime Minister Yoshihad Suga would meet with only about 15 world leaders on the sidelines of the Olympics, compared to up to 120 previous ones.

    In the skies over Tokyo, Japanese pilots pulled the five Olympic rings on a training flight for the opening ceremony on Friday, recreating a similar trick in 1964 https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/triumph-1964-coron -japan -… Tokyo Games, held to mark the country’s recovery from World War II.

    Olympic officials are expected later on Wednesday to confirm preferred bidder Brisbane as host of the 2032 Summer Games, Australia’s third time hosting the sports exaggeration. (Report by Paresh Dave and Karolos Grohmann; Additional reports and writing by Tetsushi Kajimoto. Edited by Lincoln Feast.)

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