Novak Djokovic, Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar in action on day 1 of the medal events-Sports News, Firstpost – .

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Novak Djokovic, Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar in action on day 1 of the medal events-Sports News, Firstpost – .


                    Novak Djokovic lance samedi sa quête de la gloire olympique du tennis le premier jour des Jeux de Tokyo retardés par la pandémie alors que le champion du Tour de France Tadej Pogacar vise l'une des 11 médailles d'or proposées.

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                        Image de dossier de Novak Djokovic.  PA


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            <strong>Tokyo</strong>: Novak Djokovic lance samedi sa quête de la gloire olympique du tennis le premier jour des Jeux de Tokyo retardés par la pandémie alors que le champion du Tour de France Tadej Pogacar vise l'une des 11 médailles d'or proposées.

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron during Friday’s opening ceremony at a strangely empty stadium after the coronavirus forced organizers to ban spectators at all except a handful of venues.

Games chiefs will desperately seek to focus on the sporting action of the pandemic, which forced a one-year postponement and dominated preparation until the start of the event.

“Today is a moment of hope,” said Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the low-key opening ceremony, which took place in front of less than 1,000 VIPs and several thousand athletes.

“Yes, it’s very different from what we all imagined. But let’s cherish this moment because ultimately we are all here together. “

But the virus cast a new shadow when German Olympic chiefs announced cyclist Simon Geschke had tested positive for coronavirus , forcing him out of the men’s road race.

And COVID-19[feminine[feminine won the opening match of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament, with Czech pair Marketa Nausch Slukova and Barbora Hermannova forced to retire.

More than 20 sports ranging from archery to weightlifting kick off on Saturday.

Djokovic had questioned his participation due to strict virus protocols and lack of crowds, but the possibility that the Golden Slam – winning all four majors and the Olympics in the same year – proved impossible to resist.

“Without the key element of any sporting event, the crowds, the fans, that energy, it’s different, but it’s still the Olympics,” said the world number one.

Djokovic will face Bolivian Hugo Dellien in the first round of a tournament missing half of the top 10 male players, including 2008 Olympic champion Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

The 2008 favorite and bronze medalist will be hoping to emulate Steffi Graf’s 1988 feat of winning the Golden Slam after already winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year.

World number one female Ashleigh Barty will make her Olympic debut for Australia alongside her friend and compatriot Storm Sanders in doubles.

Osaka, who plays in singles Sunday, has not played since her shocking withdrawal from Roland Garros for mental health issues in late May, but the 23-year-old said she was “excited to play” after taking a downtime.

Pogacar yeux d’or

Tokyo’s first gold medal will come in the women’s 10-meter air rifle, which started before road racing cyclists set off from Musashinonomori Park.

The demanding 234-kilometer (145-mile) course culminates at the Fuji International Speedway racing circuit, with runners facing five climbs around Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest point at an elevation of 3,776 meters (12,388 feet) .

Slovenian Pogacar, who won his second consecutive Tour de France this month, leads a star-studded peloton that includes 2016 champion Greg Van Avermaet and his Belgian teammates Remco Evenepoel and Wout van Aert.

There are also medals to be won in archery, fencing, judo, taekwondo and weightlifting.

The swim begins with the men’s 400m individual medley heats, where Japan’s Daiya Seto is the favorite, before defending Swedish champion Sarah Sjostrom, still recovering from a broken right elbow, lines up on the women’s 100m butterfly.

British Olympic and world champion Adam Peaty is the one to watch in the men’s 100m breaststroke, while the great Hungarian Katinka Hosszu begins her fifth Games in the women’s 400m medley.

The United States women’s football team will look to bounce back from a humiliating 3-0 loss to Sweden when they face New Zealand in the second round of group matches.

Three-on-three basketball, played with a single hoop, made its debut at the Olympics, which featured four new sports – karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing.

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