OLYMPICS Tokyo Olympics sports start with softball game in Fukushima

OLYMPICS

Tokyo Olympics sports start with softball game in Fukushima

AFP

08:16, July 21, 2021

Japanese (L) and Australia's (R) softball players listen to their national anthems prior to start the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games softball opening round game between Australia and Japan at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium in Fukushima, Japan, on July 21, 2021. (Photo: AFP)

A softball game between Japan and Australia in Fukushima, site of the nuclear disaster triggered by the 2011 tsunami, kicked off the sports programme at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday.

The event, in a sport returning to the Games for the first time since 2008, took place two days before the opening ceremony of the pandemic-delayed Games.

The game took place without spectators under the stringent coronavirus measures that will surround an Olympics facing widespread opposition from the public in Japan, where infections are rising.


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