The Tokyo Olympics continue today with softball and shooting on the agenda, as Germany meets Brazil in Yokohama to headline a busy day of men’s football. However, the build-up continues to be overshadowed by news of emerging cases of Covid among athletes and officials at the Games ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony.
Coronavirus infections in Tokyo peaked in six months on Wednesday, with the host city registering 1,832 new cases just two days before the official opening of the Games. A number of athletes have reported positive cases forcing them to self-isolate and potentially ending their competitive hopes, while Team GB’s very promising skeet shooter Amber Hill has tested positive shortly after. time before her flight and the “devastated” 23-year-old was forced to stay at home.
The action started yesterday when Great Britain opened the women’s football competition with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Chile in Sapporo. A brace from forward Ellen White ensured the victory and there were plenty of positives for head coach Hege Riise as the GB team opened their tournament with three points. The first big shock of the Games came soon after when reigning world champions USA were beaten 3-0 by Sweden in Tokyo as their 44-game unbeaten streak came to an end.
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Coming to the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday
- The men’s soccer tournament kicks off with Brazil taking on Germany in a repeat of the 2016 Olympic final at 12:30 p.m. BST.
- Japan, France, Spain and Argentina will also be launched. Here are eight stars to watch for when the men’s tournament starts.
- The softball tournament continues with Japan versus Mexico, the United States versus Canada and Australia versus Italy.