Tokyo Olympics sports finally under way

22 July 2021 | Sports

NAMPA/AFP

The Tokyo Olympics sports programme finally opened after a year's pandemic delay with softball in disaster-hit Fukushima on Wednesday as the Games suffered their first drugs controversy.

Japan thrashed Australia 8-1 in the first action of the 2020 Games, which are struggling for public support with Tokyo under a state of emergency following a surge in coronavirus cases.

Fans are barred from most of the Olympics and the game took place in front of empty stands at Fukushima, which was ravaged by an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011.

The Olympics are being staged in biosecure "bubble" conditions, with athletes tested daily and under orders to stay socially distanced and wear masks when not competing, training, eating or sleeping.

Later, the Australian city of Brisbane is expected to be confirmed as host of the 2032 Olympics in a vote at the International Olympic Committee session.

As the sport programme started, Australian showjumper Jamie Kermond was provisionally suspended after testing positive for cocaine on June 26.

Under Australia's anti-doping policy, he now has the opportunity to have his B-sample analysed. Australian reports said Kermond did not travel to Tokyo with the rest of the team.

"Mr. Kermond is prohibited from participating in any WADA-compliant event, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, while the provisional suspension is in place," Equestrian Australia said.

Meanwhile World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the International Olympic Committee session that the Games could never be "zero risk".

"There is no zero risk in life; there is only more risk, or less risk. And you have done your best," he told the socially distanced, mask-wearing delegates.

"The mark of success in the coming fortnight is not zero cases... The mark of success is making sure that any cases are identified, isolated, traced and cared for as quickly as possible," he added.

Another eight Games-related coronavirus cases were announced, taking the total to 79.

Brisbane, Australia's third-biggest city, is the sole candidate and has been named as the "preferred bidder" for 2032, making it all but certain to be named as host.

But the vote is "not a done deal", IOC communications director Mark Adams insisted.

Similar News

 

Ronaldo salvage job masks United's failings

19 hours ago | Sports

Nampa/AFP Cristiano Ronaldo's second coming at Manchester United has already produced two memorable moments with late winners against Villarreal and Atalanta to...

Entertaining final on the cards

19 hours ago | Sports

Limba Mupetami WINDHOEKThe MTC Namibia Football Association (NFA) Cup Aweh final is slated for...

Tense club rugby final expected

19 hours ago | Sports

Andrew Poolman WINDHOEKThe strong rivalry between FNB University of Namibia (Unam) and FNB Wanderers will be at the forefront when the two...

Namibia eye Ireland scalp

19 hours ago | Sports

Limba Mupetami WINDHOEKNamibia, whose only previous World Cup appearance saw them lose all their...

Kakololo seeks redemption

1 day - 21 October 2021 | Sports

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa WINDHOEKMTC Salute Boxing Academy fighter Nathanael Kakololo says he has...

Namibia send Netherlands packing

1 day - 21 October 2021 | Sports

Limba Mupetami WINDHOEKIn the second match for both sides at the International Cricket Council...

Fingers crossed for Mboma

1 day - 21 October 2021 | Sports

Limba Mupetami WINDHOEKNamibia’s Christine Mboma has done all there is to do on the...

Uiseb signs with Al-Tahaddi

2 days ago - 20 October 2021 | Sports

Limba Mupetami WINDHOEKThe 27-year-old Terdius ‘Terry’ Uiseb possesses a deadly left foot and is...

Coleman, Kotjipati join Gladiators

2 days ago - 20 October 2021 | Sports

Limba Mupetami WINDHOEKThe Brave Gladiators have a tough match against Tanzania’s Twiga Stars in...

Desert Dash grows 20 km longer

2 days ago - 20 October 2021 | Sports

Limba Mupetami WINDHOEKWith only close to 50 days to go, the 2021 Nedbank Desert Dash returns for its 17th consecutive year on...

Latest News

Heimstädt steering road safety

19 hours ago | Business

Rivaldo KavangaHorst Heimstädt is the CEO of the Namibia Road Safety Forum, a private organisation which does extensive work in the Southern African Development Community...

FNB to strengthen its support...

19 hours ago | Business

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUProparco, a private sector financing arm of Agence Française de Développement Group (AFD Group), granted a EURIZ portfolio guarantee of N$ 68 million to...

Learners don maize sacks for...

19 hours ago | Education

TUYEIMO HAIDULA OSHAKATI Learners at Omuthiyagwiipundi Combined School in Omuthiya are forced to wear maize sacks each time they misbehave at...

Itula changed, says suspended Smith-Howard

19 hours ago | Politics

Staff Reporter WINDHOEKSuspended Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) Swakopmund constituency councillor Ciske Smith-Howard says her party leader, Dr Panduleni Itula, has become...

The face of the southern...

19 hours ago | People

Michelline Nawatises Victoria Ndemupa Muhuura was born in Wavis Bay. She attended at Andimba Toivo ya Toivo Secondary School in the Oshana Region, and...

Zozo’s Leather: Your dream product

19 hours ago | People

Rivaldo Kavanga Celesty Cupido worked in the tourism industry and realised over the years that many Namibian accommodation establishments do not showcase or sell...

Rising like a phoenix

19 hours ago | Business

Mariselle StofbergWilhelmine Mutorwa has used every opportunity she is given to become the best version of herself. For Wilhelmine Mutorwa, giving up has never been...

Africa calls for climate finance...

19 hours ago | Economics

ALESSANDRA PRENTICEAfrican countries want a new system to track funding from wealthy nations that are failing to meet a US$100-billion annual target to help the...

EDITORIAL: We are guilty of...

19 hours ago | Opinion

A lot needs to be discussed in our country – from race and sexual rights to abortion. The country can’t stop talking, even when such...

Load More