The 2020 Summer Olympics (XXXII Olympiad) branded as the Tokyo Olympics has finally kicked off a year after pandemic delay with softball in disaster-hit Fukushima on Wednesday as the Games suffered their first drugs controversy. Japan thrashed Australia 8-1 in the first action of the 2020 Games, which are struggling for public support with Tokyo under a state of emergency following a surge in coronavirus cases. Fans are barred from most of the Olympics and the game took place in front of empty stands at Fukushima, which was ravaged by an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011.
Nigeria’s National Basketball team, D’Tigers have stunned the United States team 90-87 in a pre-Olympic friendly game in Las Vegas on Saturday, becoming the first African Nation to beat the US basketball team. D’Tigers pulled the shocker with six NBA players and head coach Mike Helm, while the American team had All-NBA, and All-Star, and max contract players.
The Japanese minister of Administrative and Regulatory Reform, Taro Kono has on Friday said: “anything can happen” as regards the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, contradicting the official position of the country’s Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga who assured a ‘safe and secure” tournament.
Mr Kono’s statement comes after the declaration of a state of emergency in 11 regions including Kyoto and Osaka. “Given the coronavirus situation, anything can happen,” Kono, a high-profile former foreign and defence minister, told a press briefing. “The organising committee and the IOC must of course be thinking about back-up plans. The government is firmly preparing for the Olympics and Paralympics.”
Nigerian athlete Blessing Okagbere has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the only athlete to have attended the Athletics Diamond Meetings for the 67th time. The 32- years old shared her achievement via her social media handle on Wednesday morning. “A dream made reality through God’s grace and determination.
A Parisian court has on Wednesday found the former head of World Athletics, Lamine Diack guilty of corruption, and sentenced to four years in prison with two years suspended and a fine of nearly $600,000 in a Russian doping scandal. Diack, 87 led the IAAF for 16 years and was found guilty to have received bribes of over $3 million to cover up Russian athletes' doping and also using the money to help finance Macky Sall's presidential candidacy campaign in 2012.