Tokyo Olympics News Highlights: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the build-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Tokyo Olympics organising committee chief has not ruled out cancelling the Olympics last minute due to coronavirus. The Olympic motto “Faster, Higher, Stronger” was updated to “Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together” on Tuesday to reflect solidarity across the world at the time of Covid-19. The International Olympic Committee approved the change at its session ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed last year and were in danger of cancellation over the pandemic.
Mexican baseball authorities announced Monday that two players had tested positive for Covid-19 just days before they were due to leave for the Tokyo Olympics. The two pitchers, who play for the Acereros de Monclova, were placed in solitary confinement “immediately in their hotel rooms where the national team gathers.”
Julius Ssekitoleko, a 20-year-old weightlifter, had fled from Uganda's pre-Games training camp.
The International Testing Agency (ITA) plans to conduct approximately 5,000 on-site tests as part of its anti-doping efforts during the Tokyo Games.
The head of the Tokyo Olympics organising committee on Tuesday did not rule out a last-minute cancellation of the Games due to coronavirus.
Vikas Krishnan is the Biggest Medal Hope in Boxing, Says Akhil Kumar
Nine Indian boxers - Amit Phangal, Manish Kaushik, Vikas Krishan, Ashish Kumar, Satish Kumar, Mary Kom, Simranjit Kaur, Lovlina Borgonhain, Pooja Rani - will be taking to the ring at the Tokyo Olympics and according to Akhil Kumar, Vikas Krishan is India's best bet for a medal in this year's quadrennial games.
Vimal Kumar with the Exclusive story
Faster, Higher, Stronger - Together
The Olympic motto "Faster, Higher, Stronger" was updated to "Faster, Higher, Stronger - Together" on Tuesday to reflect solidarity across the world at the time of Covid-19. The International Olympic Committee approved the change at its session ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed last year and were in danger of cancellation over the pandemic.
We Will Definitely Beat Our 2012 London Medal Count in Tokyo, Says Olympic Sprinter Arokia Rajiv
Arokia Rajiv, the Arjuna awardee remains highly optimistic to give his best at the Olympics and is positive of team India’s chances to bring home more medals than they did in 2012 and said “We will definitely beat our 2012 London Olympics medal count in Tokyo 2020.”
There are 67 male athletes and 52 female athletes among the 119 competitors and the Indian contingent has an average age of 26.999 years.
China Table Tennis Boss Says Olympic Playing Areas Too Small
China’s table tennis chief on Tuesday claimed the “smaller than usual" size of the playing areas may affect players’ performance and safety, in his latest complaints about the Tokyo Olympics. “The whole playing space is smaller than usual… world competitions normally have areas measuring seven by 14 metres… I just measured it at six by 11 metres," Chinese Table Tennis Association president Liu Guoliang told state broadcaster CCTV.
India and the Olympics – A Strained Relationship
Every four years, ardent sports fans wait with bated breaths for the best athletes of the country to bring laurels for the nation, but all they get is disappointment and promises to do better the next time around, after four years. Not that our players don’t perform in the other big tournaments — but somehow manage to not go the distance when it matters the most.
Here's what Mahesh Bhupathi had to say regarding the entire issue.
Bottom line is @rohanbopanna and @MirzaSania don’t play. If it were me I would be moving mountains to find a way for him to go considering they were so close last time . Also I don’t think it’s incompetence . They just don’t care.. and if you don’t care you don’t know 🤷🏽♂️ https://t.co/jxB5YGl02P— Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) July 20, 2021
Rohan Bopanna vs AITA Takes a New Turn as Player Releases Alleged Call With Anil Dhupar
Closer home, the spat between Rohan Bopanna and All India Tennis Association (AITA) is showing no signs of dying down. A days after AITA’s Honourary Secretary General Anil Dhupar expressed his displeasure over the comments made by Bopanna and Mirza and said it was inappropriate, Rohan Bopanna has shared an alleged phone call with AITA general secretary Anil Dhupar, claiming Bopanna and Sumit Nagal can still make it to the Olympics.
Olympics chief Thomas Bach revealed “doubts" and “sleepless nights" over the postponed Tokyo Games on Tuesday as the opening ceremony nears after a year’s delay and coronavirus chaos that has made them deeply unpopular with the Japanese public.
With crowds of tourists banned, extravagant celebrations replaced by tough infection controls, and even victory hugs off the cards, Tokyo Olympics is going to be a completely different experience for both athletes and fans alike. Also, At Tokyo 2020, athletes, media and other officials who break the virus rules could face disqualification from the Games or even deportation from Japan.
The Tokyo Olympic organisers on Tuesday announced the first case of a Games volunteer testing positive for COVID-19 along with seven more contractors associated with the event. The volunteer who has returned a positive test is based in Iwate prefecture.
Hello and welcome to News18Sports' live coverage of the build-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. With just days left for the quadrennial games to begin, fresh reports of Covid-19 cases are emerging. The Mexican baseball authorities announced Monday that two players had tested positive for Covid-19 just days before they were due to leave for the Tokyo Olympics.
“At the beginning of the gathering of the Mexican baseball selection two asymptomatic positive cases of Covid-19 were detected,” the Mexican Baseball Federation and the Mexican Baseball League said, adding that the players were Hector Velazquez and Sammy Solis.
All members of the national team were tested again Monday morning with PCR tests. The training scheduled for the evening in the Alfredo Harp Helu stadium in Mexico City was canceled.
The Mexican baseball team, which qualified for the first time to participate in the Olympics, has kept its scheduled departure on Wednesday for Tokyo.
The team is in Group A, where they are slated to face the Dominican Republic on July 30 and Japan the following day.