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.”
“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.