The latest news about the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year of delay due to the coronavirus pandemic:
Australian swimmer Kaylee McKeown has surprisingly retired from one of her best events due to a busy schedule at the Tokyo Olympics.
McKeown dropped the individual 200-meter medal, where he ranked No. 1 in the world and would have been the favorite to win a gold medal. Instead, he will focus on his two back events and relays.
“You have a rookie coming to the Olympics – it’s a new experience and a great call-up,” Australian coach Rohan Taylor said.
The 200 instant messaging semifinal tests are on Monday night and the final 100 return is the next morning. Taylor says the timing “could be a challenge,” so the decision was made to abandon the individual combination.
McKeown set the world record at the hundred last month in the Australian events and the 20-year-old swimmer will be the gold medal favorite in that event.
The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee says approximately 100 of the 613 U.S. athletes coming down to Tokyo for the Olympics are not vaccinated.
Medical director Jonathan Finnoff says 567 of the American athletes had filled out their health records as they prepared for the trip. He estimated that 83% had answered that they were vaccinated.
Finnoff says 83% is a considerable number and the committee is very pleased.
Nationally, 56.3% of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
The International Olympic Committee estimates that about 85% of the residents of the Olympic Village are vaccinated. This is based on what each country’s Olympic committee reports, but is not an independently verified number.
South Korean An San has broken the women’s Olympic archery record with a score of 680 in the qualifying round on a hot, humid day.
His mark surpassed the 673 mark set by Lina Herasymenko of Ukraine in 1996. San’s teammates Jang Minhee (677) and Kang Chae Young (675) were second and third.
Svetlana Gomboeva, archer of the Russian Olympic Committee, collapsed in the intense heat and was attended to by medical personnel. The temperature soared above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).
In the men’s qualifying round, Kim Je Deok of South Korea set the top mark of 688, with Brady Ellison of the United States second (682) and Oh Jin Hyek of South Korea third (681). .
The Olympic debut of the mixed team event will be on Saturday. The women’s individual competition is next Friday and the men’s individual event the next day.
About 50 protesters have gathered in Tokyo to demand the cancellation of the Olympic Games.
The opening ceremony is set for local time on Friday evening.
Protesters gathered in front of the Tokyo metropolitan government building singing “no to the Olympics” and “saving people’s lives.” They held up posters saying “cancel the Olympics”.
The Games, largely without spectators and opposed by much of the host nation, will be brought forward a year later than expected.
A day earlier, Tokyo reached a maximum of six months in new COVID-19 cases as concerns about worsening infections during the Games grew. However, the number of cases and deaths in proportion to the population in Japan is much lower than in many other countries.
The opening ceremony will be held mainly without spectators to prevent the spread of coronavirus infections, although some officials, guests and the media will attend.
Jill Biden has held a virtual meeting with several American athletes who will be competing in the Tokyo Games.
The first lady of the United States is in Tokyo to support the athletes and attend the opening ceremony.
He spoke virtually with Eddy Alvarez, a short-track baseball player and speed skater, and basketball player Sue Bird. Both will be flagged by the United States at the opening ceremony. She also spoke with Allison Schmitt, a four-time Olympic swimmer and mental health advocate.
Biden told the athletes that they had given up a lot to be in Tokyo and relied on the support of family and friends.
On Saturday, he will dedicate a room at the residence of the U.S. head of mission to former U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, and his wife, Irene Hirano Inouye.
He will host a U.S.-Mexico softball watch party at the U.S. Embassy for staff and their families, and will encourage American athletes competing in various events before leaving Tokyo.
South African runner Lebogang Shange has been banned for four years for doping and will miss the Tokyo Olympics.
The former African champion took part in the men’s 20km race on 5 August. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in Tokyo.
Shange, 30, tested positive for the anabolic steroid trenbolone and was temporarily suspended in December 2019. His ban will expire before the 2024 Paris Olympics.
The Swiss Olympic team says Kariem Hussein, 400-meter hurdles, has accepted the nine-month ban after testing positive for a banned stimulant.
The 2014 European Champion participated in the Tokyo Games event. The heat starts next Friday. It is unclear whether Hussein will be replaced in the training of 40 athletes.
The Swiss Olympic body’s court reversed the ban a week after Hussein was temporarily suspended. This suspension had not been revealed.
Tokyo Olympic organizers have reported 25 new cases of COVID-19. Three of them are athletes announced Thursday.
There are 13 athletes among the 110 Olympic-accredited people who have tested positive in Japan since July 1st.
Three media workers arriving in Japan from abroad were included in the latest update.
Naomi Osaka’s opening match at the Olympic tennis tournament has been postponed from Saturday to Sunday.
Organizers did not immediately provide a reason for the change. They just said the play came from the tournament referee.
Osaka had initially planned to play China’s Zheng Saisai, ranked No. 52, in the first contest of the Games on the central court on Saturday morning.
One of the reasons for the move could be that Osaka could play a role in the opening ceremony on Friday night. That wouldn’t leave him much time to rest before a Saturday morning game.
Osaka returns to competition for the first time in almost two months after retiring from the French Open after the first round to take a mental health break.
She is one of the best athletes in Japan.
The World Anti-Doping Agency says several Russian athletes have been removed from the Tokyo Olympics due to evidence-based doping suspicions at a Moscow testing lab that was closed in 2015.
WADA Director-General Olivier Niggli says he intervened with sports bodies to ensure those athletes (“not many, but there were a handful”) were not selected.
The team of 335 accredited Russian athletes in Tokyo competes without a national flag and anthem as punishment for state manipulation of the Moscow laboratory database. The name of the team is ROC, the acronym for Russian Olympic Committee, without the word “Russia”.
The identity ban for the Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Games was imposed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport last December.
Giving the AMA the database and laboratory samples was key to achieving the closure of the long state-backed Russian doping scandal.
The AMA had a list of about 300 suspicious athletes and gave tests to Olympic sports bodies for possible disciplinary cases.
Niggli says “we checked what we had on this long list” to make sure the athletes weren’t selected for Tokyo.
Russian archer Svetlana Gomboeva lost consciousness during a competition at the Tokyo Olympics with intense heat.
Coach Stanislav Popov says in comments via the Russian Olympic Committee that Gomboeva collapsed shortly after completing the qualifying round on Friday.
Popov says he “couldn’t stand it all day with the heat” and adds that the humidity made the problem worse. Temperatures in Tokyo exceeded 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).
The heat of Tokyo’s summer months has already motivated organizers to move the marathons and marching events to the cooler city of Sapporo.
U.S. men’s water polo captain Jesse Smith will skip the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday after the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee limited the number of players on his team who could participate in the festivities. .
The Olympic water polo lists consist of 13 players and 12 are designated as available for each match. Smith said the USOPC told the team it could have 12 accredited athletes walking to the ceremony.
“We tried to keep our team together and change it with all the constructive exits, but to no avail, and now it’s time to refocus on preparing for the game,” Smith wrote on Twitter. “So tonight I’m going to send my team to represent (the United States) proudly and enjoy every moment. Come on guys!”
Smith, 38, plays in his fifth Olympics, coinciding with Tony Azevedo for most Olympic teams for an American water polo athlete. He was considered to serve as the U.S. flag bearer for the opening ceremony before that honor was for baseball player Eddy Alvarez.
The map of the Olympic website has been changed after Ukraine protested that it included a border across the Crimean peninsula.
The map is part of a “Cheer Zone” feature that tracks how fans around the world have supported different teams at the Tokyo Games.
On Thursday at the end, the map had a black line at the top of Crimea in the same style as the national borders. On Friday morning there was no line across the peninsula. Russia annexed Crimea to Ukraine in 2014. Ukraine still considers it Ukrainian territory.
The Ukrainian embassy in Japan tells the Associated Press by email that “we have protested in front of the IOC and the map has been corrected.”
Road cyclist Michal Schlegel is the fourth Czech athlete from three different sports to test positive ahead of his competition at the Tokyo Games.
Schlegel tested positive for the team’s training base in Izu and will miss Saturday’s race.
The Czech Olympic Committee said in a statement on Friday that Schlegel is isolated and that Michael Kukrle and Zdenek Stybar will be his only two riders to be part of Musashinonomori Park for one of the first medal tests of the Summer Games.
Czech beach volleyball players Marketa Slukova and Ondrej Perusic and table tennis player Pavel Sirucek also tested positive earlier this week. This has prompted the Czech Olympic team to investigate whether the outbreak is related to its charter flight to Tokyo.