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LET THE GAMES BEGIN
  • 6:04, 22 Jul 2021
  • Updated: 6:04, 22 Jul 2021

THE Olympics have finally started!

Action from Japan started today, with Team GB’s women defeating Chile 2-0 in their football opener.

But there are still huge issues with coronavirus engulfing the Games, with Tokyo 2020 chief Toshiro Muto admitting there could be a last-minute cancellation.

And Team GB medal hope Amber Hill is OUT of the Games after testing positive before boarding the plane to Japan.


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  • GOOD MORNING OLYMPICS FANS

    Team GB are set to record their worst medal haul since Athens 2004 at this summer’s Olympics, a supercomputer has predicted.

    Sporting Index reckons the British stars currently in Tokyo will manage to cobble together just 45 medals, with 15 of those gold.

    That would be the worst tally since Athens 2004 when Team GB won just 30 medals.

    Team GB haven’t won fewer than 50 since Greece, also bagging 51 – including 19 golds – at Beijing 2008.

    However, 45 would still be a huge improvement on Athens, as well as Sydney 2000 (28) and Atlanta 1996 (15).

    Meanwhile, Thousands of login IDS and passwords of people who purchased tickets for the Tokyo Olympics have been leaked on the internet.

    A government official confirmed today that the same information for Paralympic ticket buyers and also those who had used a volunteer portal for the Summer Games have been leaked online as well.

    The official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, added that the organising committee had launched an investigation into the matter.

    Finally, Norway’s women’s handball team has been fined £1,300 for refusing to wear bikini bottoms.

    The Scandinavians were charged with wearing “improper clothing” as they instead wore shorts during the European Beach Handball Championships in Bulgaria.

    The fine comes a day after British Paralympian Olivia Breen said she had been told by an official at Sunday’s English Championships that her competition briefs were too SHORT.

  • WE KEN DO IT

    Jason and Laura Kenny are leaving three-year-old son Albie behind in their ‘golden gamble’ for more Olympic glory.

    Jason said: “My life has changed since Rio. It’s always exciting to go to an Olympics but I’m a bit nervous.

    “This is the first time we’ve left Albie. You can’t just selfishly disappear around the world without it being a bit of a logistical nightmare back home.

    “But I’m looking forward to it. It’ll be different for sure.

    “We’re really lucky we’ve two full sets of grandparents and neither of them work that much.

    “We’re lucky that they are all really keen to have him. He has a room set up at both. He will love it, he will be happy.

    “It will be harder for us than it is for him because he will be getting spoilt rotten.”

  • CAR BLIMEY

    Olympic star Ona Carbonell has hit out at Tokyo 2020 organisers for banning her baby from the Games while she is breastfeeding.

    She said: “When I gave birth to Kai and saw that I was getting fit and that I could make it to the Tokyo Games, the first thing I did was ask if I could take him because I was breastfeeding him, and they told me no.

    “A few weeks ago, some athletes said on social media that it is a difficult situation having to choose between breastfeeding and family considerations and the Olympic Games.”

    Olympic swimmer Ona Carbonell slams Tokyo 2020 for not letting her take baby to Games while she is breastfeeding

  • BEAR CHILLS

    The Olympics were sparked into chaos earlier when a BEAR was spotted at the Fukushima softball venue at the first event of the Games.

    Officers have confirmed that they had been unable to track down the giant beast – which has been identified as an Asian black bear.

    The animals are common across Japan and have been known to attack and kill people in the past.

    A Fukushima police spokesperson confirmed that the intruder had been spotted last night and then again this morning.

    And that was just hours before the opening pitch in a match pitting the host nation against Australia.

    A statement said: “A guard found a bear inside Azuma Sports Park early in the morning yesterday. We also received similar information this morning.

    “We couldn’t find or capture the bear, and while there won’t be any spectators at the stadium, we are on alert and searching for the bear around the site.”

  • EXCLUSIVE 

    Josh Buatsi knows the Team GB boxing squad inside out and is expecting big things in Japan.

    The 2016 Rio bronze medallist is now a hot property in the pro ranks but still trains occasionally at the GB gym in Sheffield, including sparring with some of the team.

    Ahead of his own August 14 fight with Ricards Bolotniks on DAZN, the 14-0 ace runs the rule over our 11-strong Tokyo team…

    CHECK OUT JOSH’S VERDICT HERE

  • WEIGHT AND FLEE

    A Ugandan weightlifter who fled his Tokyo 2020 training camp has been caught by police.

    Julius Ssekitoleko, 20, absconded after learning that he had failed to qualify for the Olympics, despite travelling to Japan for the Games.

    Originally due to fly home on Tuesday, he went missing on Friday and had reportedly taken a bullet train from Osaka to Nagoya.

    It is also said that the weightlifter had left a note, outlining his desire to stay and work in Japan.

    But it has been confirmed that Ssekitoleko was discovered at the home of an acquaintance in Yokkaichi City, 100 miles east of Osaka.

    Ugandan weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko goes missing from Tokyo 2020 training camp and ‘leaves behind just a note’

  • MEDAL DETECTOR

    Tokyo 2020 is finally here with Team GB looking to break their medal record for a third straight Games.

    Our home heroes won 65 medals at London 2012 and 67 at Rio 2016.

    But who are the British stars most likely to leave Japan with a medal or two around their neck?

    SEE OUR TOP 50 CONTENDERS HERE

  • BRIEFS ENCOUNTER

    Norway’s women’s handball team has been fined £1,300 for refusing to wear bikini bottoms.

    The Scandinavians were charged with wearing “improper clothing” as they instead wore shorts during the European Beach Handball Championships in Bulgaria.

    The fine comes a day after British Paralympian Olivia Breen said she had been told by an official at Sunday’s English Championships that her competition briefs were too SHORT.

  • GAMES OVER

    Countries spend fortunes preparing for Olympics.

    And when the show’s over, what often gets left behind isn’t a pretty picture.

    SunSport reveals what some of the venues look like now, including one former athletes’ village in Turin that is now a refugee camp.

    TAKE A LOOK HERE

  • STREAM GB

    The BBC has broadcast every summer Olympics since the 1948 London Games — but this time there are new boys in town.

    Over the next three cycles, Eurosport will become the new home of the Olympics in the UK following a £920million pan-European rights deal.

    If you have a Freeview box, then you can still watch live action and highlights from the Tokyo Games on BBC One and Two.

    But if you are prepared to splash the cash, then subscription broadcasters Eurosport will show 445 hours of live action on two channels across the 17 days between 12am and 3pm UK time.

  • GAME OF MOANS

    Team GB are set to record their worst medal haul since Athens 2004 at this summer’s Olympics, a supercomputer has predicted.

    Sporting Index reckons the British stars currently in Tokyo will manage to cobble together just 45 medals, with 15 of those gold.

    That would be the worst tally since Athens 2004 when Team GB won just 30 medals.

    Team GB haven’t won fewer than 50 since Greece, also bagging 51 – including 19 golds – at Beijing 2008.

    However, 45 would still be a huge improvement on Athens, as well as Sydney 2000 (28) and Atlanta 1996 (15).

  • HACKED

    Thousands of login IDS and passwords of people who purchased tickets for the Tokyo Olympics have been leaked on the internet.

    A government official confirmed today that the same information for Paralympic ticket buyers and also those who had used a volunteer portal for the Summer Games have been leaked online as well.

    The official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, added that the organising committee had launched an investigation into the matter.

  • ‘WE GOT OUR ASSES KICKED’

    US superstar Megan Rapinoe admitted “we got our asses kicked” as the World Cup winners were left stunned and shocked, writes MARTIN LIPTON.

    One in each half from Stina Blackstenius and third from Lina Hurtig sent the Americans tumbling to only the sixth defeat by three or more in their history.

    It was a hige upset to kick off the tournament and second half sub Rapinoe conceded: “We were tight and nervous, doing dumb stuff. We just didn’t play well.”

    American Coach Vlatko Andonovski agreed: “We are in a big hole – and we are the only ones who can get ourselves out of it.”

    The US, previously unbeaten in 44 games since January 2019,  must beat New Zealand on Saturday or face a humiliating early exit and Andonovski added: “Of course we didn’t expect it. This team doesn’t expect to lose at all, let alone 3-0.”

    Blackstenius said: “I have joy and an incredible pride in what we’ve achieved. It’s the best match we’ve ever played.”

  • BRIS IS OUR MOMENT

    Brisbane will host the 2032 Summer Olympic Games, it’s been announced.

    It is the third time Australia will stage the Games following Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

  • TOKYO DREAM DASHED

    Amber Hill, 23, is the third brit to contact coronavirus – after Jo Konta and Dan Evans – before flying to Japan.

    Hill was one of Team GB’s medal hopefuls.

    Amber Hill, one of the world’s best skeet shooters, is OUT of the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for Covid in her pre-flight PCR tests. The 23-year-old is the third Brit – after Jo Konta & Dan Evans – to contract coronavirus before flying to Japan. Was a genuine medal hope

    — Rob Maul (@Rob_Maul) July 21, 2021

  • NO WORDS

    Amber Hill is devastated.

    “There are no words to describe how I’m feeling right now,” she has said.

    “After five years of training and preparation, I’m absolutely devastated to say that last night I received a positive Covid-19 test, meaning I’ve had to withdraw from Team GB’s shooting team.

    “Although I don’t have any symptoms, I will now isolate as per the Government guidance.

    “I would like to wish the best of luck to all of Team GB who are out in Tokyo, especially the shooting team who have supported me massively throughout my career.

    “I will be back from this, but right now I need some time to reflect and take in what has happened.”

    Credit: PA
  • BREAKING: HILL’S TOKYO DREAM OVER

    Team GB’s Amber Hill has withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19.

    The 23-year-old was set to compete in the Women’s Skeet, and Hill was a finalist back in 2016 at the Rio Olympics.

    But the No1 ranked athlete’s hopes of gunning for gold at the Olympic Games are over, for now.

    Credit: GETTY IMAGES
  • WATER FRIGHT

    Team GB have been reassured the water in Tokyo Bay will be clean and clear, writes ROB MAUL.

    A foul odour has been reported at the venue for triathletes and open-water swimmers and concerns have been raised about possible elevated levels of the dangerous E.coli bacteria.

    Heavy rain is forecast in Tokyo from next Tuesday and it has been reported there could be the risk of a sewage leakage into the bay.

    The foul smell often occurs at the bay after a downpour, as the antiquated sewage system – over 100 years old – becomes over run and spills out into the river which runs into Odaiba Marine Park.

    The Odaiba Marine Park is set to be used on July 26, 27 and 31 for the triathlon, with the 10km marathon swim to go ahead on August 4 and 5.

    Fox Sports claim athletes have held private discussions at the Tokyo 2020 Village, sharing their fears over the appalling smell and root cause.

  • WOMEN’S FOOTBALL

    Lots of women’s football on today, and most importantly, Team GB got off to a winning start:

    • Team GB 2-0 Chile FT
    • Brazil 5-0 China FT
    • Sweden 3-0 United States FT
    • Japan 0-1 Canada HT
    • Zambia 0-0 Netherlands ‘2
    • Australia vs New Zealand 12.30pm KO
  • ‘BAD TASTE’

    Olympic star Ona Carbonell has hit out at Tokyo 2020 organisers for banning her baby from the Games while she is breastfeeding, writes WILLIAM PUGH.

    The Spanish synchronised swimming captain has been barred from taking one-year-old Kai along and blasted being ‘made to choose’ between family and her lifelong Olympic dream.

    Despite many Olympic athletes requesting to take their children to the Japanese capital, the lack of facilities and Covid regulations means it has not been possible.

    Carbonell, 31, is the captain of the Spanish synchronised swimming team and gave birth to son Kai a year ago.

    And after being barred from taking the youngster along, the London 2012 silver medallist hit out at Games chiefs in a video posted on social media.

    She said: “When I gave birth to Kai and saw that I was getting fit and that I could make it to the Tokyo Games, the first thing I did was ask if I could take him because I was breastfeeding him, and they told me no.

    “A few weeks ago, some athletes said on social media that it is a difficult situation having to choose between breastfeeding and family considerations and the Olympic Games.”

    Olympic swimmer Ona Carbonell slams Tokyo 2020 for not letting her take baby to Games while she is breastfeeding

  • FT: TEAM GB 2-0 CHILE

    A routine win for the GB side who really could and should have won by more.

    An Ellen White double was enough to get the Olympics off to a flying start for the whole Team GB Olympics squad.

  • FT: TEAM GB 2-0 CHILE

    A routine win for the GB side who really could and should have won by more.

    An Ellen White double was enough to get the Olympics off to a flying start for the whole Team GB Olympics squad.

  • TEAM GB 2-0 CHILE

    That SHOULD be that!

    Parris has the ball inside the box and does well to pick out Bronze outside the area.

    She drifts by a challenge and clips a ball to the back post where White acrobatically volleys home from eight yards.

    Follow all the live action HERE

  • BREAKING: BRISBANE TO HOST 2032 OLYMPIC GAMES

    Australia will host the Olympics for the third time in 2032.

    Brisbane will host the games following a vote of International Olympic Committee member nations in Tokyo.

    The bid has predicted the Games will bring $17bn in economic benefit.

    Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said: “We pledge to create a successful model under your new host city strategy by showcasing a cost-neutral, climate positive, safe … and enthralling experience for the whole world.”

  • TEAM GB 1-0 CHILE

    48′ Different class from Caroline Weir in midfield with a great dummy to work room for herself.

    She finds Stanway who in turn finds Little inside the area before the ball is worked to Hemp.

    She is inside the area this time and looks for the top corner with her left foot but again scoops it over.

    Follow all the live action HERE

Alex Terrell

The Sun

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