The Japanese women’s softball team entered the Tokyo Olympic Games after beating Australia 8-1 on Wednesday.
The game, delayed for a year by the pandemic, got off to a quiet start when Japanese pitcher Yukiko Ueno threw the first pitch to Australian leadoff hitter Mitchell Cox at an empty stadium in the northwestern city of Fukushima, which was held in 2011 ‘s site. nuclear devastation.
Australia took a 1–0 lead in the first innings when Ueno stepped up with a batter and allowed Cox to score in the next two. But the host nation came back swiftly, tying the game in the same innings, then scoring two runs in the third and three in the fourth. The game ended after Yu Yamamoto hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, prompting the umpires to apply the mercy rule.
The Japan-Australia competition was the first of three games scheduled for Wednesday. After the United States beat Italy 2–0 in the second game, 38-year-old Kat Osterman, who won gold with the US team in 2004 and silver in 2008, dismissed nine batters, while giving away just one hit in six innings.
Mexico and Canada were slated for the third game at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium.
The first women’s football matches are due to take place in Tokyo on Wednesday.
The Tokyo Olympics are being staged under a coronavirus state of emergency driven by rising rates of new COVID-19 infections and low rates of vaccination. So far at least 70 people associated with the Games have tested positive for COVID-19 as athletes begin arriving at the Olympic Village in Tokyo.
Due to the current surge of new infections, Olympic organizers have banned fans from attending any events.
Mexico’s national baseball team has been placed in quarantine in Mexico City after two players tested positive for COVID-19, before they were scheduled to travel to Japan.
Meanwhile, an administrative error forced six members of the Polish swimming team to leave Tokyo and return home. A delegation of 23 swimmers arrived in Tokyo to take part in the Games, but the Polish Swimming Federation (PZP) withdrew six of them back home on Sunday due to an administrative error.
All six swimmers issued a statement calling for the entire organization’s board to resign immediately.
PZP director Pavel Slominsky issued a statement on Monday expressing “great regret, sadness and bitterness about the situation”.
Some information for this report has been received from The Associated Press and Reuters.