India’s 41-year await a males’s hockey medal is lastly over

Members of India's mens field hockey team celebrate after defeating Germany for the bronze on August 5.

2021-08-05 14:21:21

Italy's Viviana Bottaro performs in the kata event of karate competition on Thursday.
Italy’s Viviana Bottaro performs within the kata occasion of karate competitors on Thursday. Alexander Nemenv/AFP/Getty Photos

We’re heading into the ultimate weekend of competitors on the Olympics. Because the Video games draw to an in depth, here is what it’s essential know from Tokyo.

A “new part” of the pandemic: Although the Olympics have, by and huge, gone about in addition to may very well be hoped for a significant sporting competitors held in the midst of a pandemic, the state of affairs off the pitch and outdoors Tokyo 2020’s many venues seems dire.

“In lots of areas the brand new optimistic circumstances are growing at an especially fast tempo which now we have by no means skilled earlier than,” stated Yasutoshi Nishimura, the federal government minister accountable for Japan’s coronavirus response.

Nishimura stated the extra infectious Delta variant accounts for about 90% of all circumstances within the Tokyo metropolitan space.

Olympic organizers and Japan’s leaders, together with Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, have beforehand stated they don’t consider the Olympics have contributed to the surge in circumstances.

However some medical professionals and public well being consultants disagree. They see individuals gathering exterior venues like Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium and fear {that a} corresponding, post-Video games spike in Covid-19 circumstances is coming — a possible disaster contemplating simply how overburdened the nation’s medical infrastructure is.

“What we’re seeing on the bottom is that there’s already a collapse of the medical system, and this wave has simply begun, and the variety of infections is anticipated to extend strongly subsequent week and the week after that,” stated Dr. Hideaki Oka, an infectious ailments specialist.

Karate’s debut: Japan’s most well-known martial artwork made its Olympic bow on Thursday, with competitors scheduled to go late into the night. The primary of 9 medal bouts begins at 7:30 p.m. Tokyo time (6:30 a.m. ET).

Karate’s inclusion within the Olympics is ready to be short-lived, because the occasion was excluded from the Paris 2024 Video games’ program.

NBA stars face-off: At this time’s basketball video games decide who performs for gold on Saturday in Japan. Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard and the remainder of Staff USA’s star-studded roster tackle Australia. The Boomers, led by NBA veterans Patty Mills and Joe Ingles, shocked the basketball world by beating the Individuals in exhibition play final month. That sport is adopted by France vs. Slovenia, which is able to see the NBA’s three-time defensive participant of the yr, Rudy Gobert, tackle Luka Doncic, certainly one of basketball’s brightest younger stars.

Medal replace: China leads the best way with 32 gold medals, adopted by the US with 27 and Japan with 21. Staff USA has 83 whole medals to prime the mixed leaderboard. China is second with 71 and the Russian Olympic Committee is third with 53.

What else is coming later in Japan:

  • Athletics: The world’s best athletes shall be named when the lads’s decathlon and girls’s heptathlon wrap up their grueling two days of competitors, and the ladies’s pole vault and males’s 400 meters finals will happen tonight in Tokyo.
  • Girls’s soccer: Staff USA and Australia will play for the bronze medal after the Individuals’ disappointing semifinal defeat to Canada.
  • Sport climbing: The primary ever medals in Olympic sport climbing shall be given tonight.

The total Olympic schedule could be discovered right here.

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