A total of around 11,000 athletes from 206 countries are expected to participate in 33 sports in Tokyo Olympics 2021.
Tokyo Olympics kick-started on July 23 after a year-long delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the first time that the Olympic Games have been postponed and rescheduled, rather than cancelled. The opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics 2021 was held on July 23 at the newly-built National Stadium in the Japanese capital while the closing ceremony will be held on August 8, 2021, at the same venue. Leaders from around 15 countries are expected to attend the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.
The UAE has sent a five-member squad to the Tokyo Olympics, its smallest contingent since the nation’s first Games participation at Los Angeles in 1984.
The National Olympic Committee had initially named six participants – four qualifiers and two wildcards. Discus thrower Fatima Al Hosani was offered a wildcard but is ineligible to compete as she has not taken part in an international competition for more than two years.
The sporting events during Olympics 2021 can start as early as 9 am Japan time or 5:30 am IST.
After one week since the Tokyo Olympics began, sporting powerhouse China sits at the top of the medals table with 28 gold medals.
China is followed by the USA and Japan in second and third.
At this time Tokyo is also experiencing a record surge in Covid-19 cases during the Olympic Games as the more infectious delta variant rips through Japan, though contagion among those linked to the event appears to be relatively contained so far.
To date, organizers have announced 276 positive cases among people connected to the Olympics, including 24 athletes out of the more than 11,000 who are expected to participate. Of over 400,000 tests conducted so far on athletes and stakeholders, the positivity rate has been only 0.02%, organizers said on Monday.
Some results from Tokyo Olympics 2020
24 July- Indian women weightlifter won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Mirabai Chanu is the second Indian weightlifter to win an Olympic medal.
24 July -Chinese shooter Yang claimed gold with an Olympic record score of 251.8, edging ahead of Russian Anastasiia Galashina.
26 July Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz made history on Monday when she became the first athlete from the Philippines to win an Olympic gold medal.
31 July -World number one Novak Djokovic exited the Tokyo Games on Saturday without a medal for the third Olympics in a row, withdrawing from his mixed doubles contest with a shoulder injury shortly after losing the men’s singles bronze to Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.
August 01 -Italy’s Jacobs wins first post-Bolt Olympic 100m gold. Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs outshone a field of unusual suspects to claim a shock Olympic gold in the men’s 100 metres on Sunday, breaking retired Jamaican star Usain Bolt’s 13-year hold on the blue-riband event.
Jacobs, 26, timed a European record of 9.80 seconds, with American Fred Kerley taking silver in 9.84sec in one of the most understated major championship 100m races of recent times.