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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Women’s Softball Matches Kick off Tokyo 2020 Olympics Postponed

Japan’s women’s softball team recorded an 8-1 victory over Australia on Wednesday (21/7), in the inaugural game of the Tokyo Olympics.

The Olympics, which have been postponed a year because of the pandemic, started off in silence, as the games took place at a nearly empty stadium in Fukushima, the northwestern city where the 2011 nuclear disaster occurred.

The match between the Japan-Australia team is the first of three sporting events scheduled for Wednesday (21/7). The US team beat the Italian team 2-0 in the second game. Meanwhile the third match, between Mexico and Canada, is scheduled to take place at the Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium.

The first women’s soccer match is scheduled for Wednesday (21/7) in Tokyo.

New Zealand goalkeeper Erin Nayler (C), intercepts the ball during the women’s soccer match against Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

The Tokyo Olympics were held under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic, due to the increase in new cases of COVID-19 and the low vaccination rate in Japan. So far, at least 70 people linked to the Olympics have tested positive for COVID-19 since athletes began arriving at the Olympic Athletes Village in Tokyo.

The Olympic organizing committee has banned fans from watching any games due to the recent spike in new cases.

Mexico’s national baseball team has been quarantined in Mexico City after two players tested positive for COVID-19 before they were scheduled to leave for Japan.

Athletes gather in the pool during a swimming practice session at the Tokyo Aquatics Center for the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo, Japan, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Athletes gather in the pool during a swimming practice session at the Tokyo Aquatics Center for the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo, Japan, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Meanwhile, an administrative error has caused six members of the Polish swimming team to leave Tokyo and return to their country. A delegation of 23 swimmers arrived in Tokyo to take part in the Olympics. But the Polish Swimming Federation (PZP) recalled six of them on Sunday due to an administrative error.

The six people issued a statement asking all members of the organization’s board to resign immediately.

PZP chairman Pawel Slominski issued a statement Monday expressing “tremendous regret, sadness and bitterness over this situation.” [uh/ab]

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