First Gold Medal Of Tokyo Olympics 2020 Finally Goes To China Here’s what you need to know on Saturday, July 24, the official first day of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
New Covid-19 announces lawsuits: Global pandemic suspends Tokyo 2020 Olympics for a year, and Games finally begin
There were 127 cases of Covid-19 associated with Saturday’s Olympics, with 17 new infections reported in the last 24 hours. Although Tokyo 2020 officials have not revealed what nationality has been affected, some athletes and teams are making the announcement themselves.
First Gold Medal Of Tokyo Olympics An example of this is Dutch rover Finn Florizan, whose Olympic dreams were shattered after a positive test for the Covid-19 in Japan on Friday. In a statement released by the Dutch team, Florizin said his Olympic trip was “immediately over”.
“Glimmers of Hope”: The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games was held without a swing on Friday evening, including a roaring drone show, John Lennon’s “Imagination” and, of course, the traditional parade of athletes through the Olympic Stadium.
The Olympic flame was ignited by Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka, who said it was a “message of diversity and inclusion”, according to Games organizers. In a tweet, Osaka said that lighting the Olympic torch “will undoubtedly be the greatest athletic achievement and the greatest honor of my life.”
What’s going on: Tokyo got off to a flying start on the first day of 2020, as the first official gold medal of the Games was awarded to Chinese athlete Yang Qian for the women’s ten-meter air rifle.
Many more events are scheduled for Saturday and Friday nights, including the start of swimming, table tennis and water polo competitions in US time. Medals for cycling, fencing, judo, taekwondo and weightlifting are also expected to be presented on Saturday.
The full Olympic Games program is available here.