We’re going into the final weekend of competition at the Olympics. As the Games come to a close, here’s everything you need to know from Tokyo.
A “new phase” of the pandemic: However, with the Olympics largely gone as well as can be expected for a major sporting event held in the midst of a pandemic, the situation appears dire, off the pitch and outside several venues at Tokyo 2020.
Yasutoshi Nishimura, the government minister responsible for Japan’s coronavirus response, said, “New positive cases in many regions are increasing at a rate we have never experienced before.”
Nishimura said the more contagious delta variant accounts for about 90% of all cases in the Tokyo metropolitan area.
Olympic organizers and leaders from Japan, including Tokyo Government Yuriko Koike and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, have said before They do not believe that the Olympics contributed to the increase in cases.
But some medical professionals and public health experts disagree. They see people gathering outside places like Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium and worry that a similar, post-game spike in COVID-19 cases is coming – given a potential catastrophe What is the burden on the medical infrastructure of the country?.
“What we are seeing on the ground is that there has already been a collapse of the medical system, and this wave has just begun, and the number of infections is expected to rise strongly in the next week and the following week. ,” Doctor. said Hideki Oka, an infectious disease specialist.
Karate Beginnings: Japan’s most famous martial art made its Olympic bow on Thursday, with the competition slated to take place late in the evening. The first of the nine medal bouts begins at 7:30 p.m. Tokyo time (6:30 a.m. ET).
The inclusion of karate in the Olympics is set to be short-lived, as the event was left out of the schedule of the Paris 2024 Games.
NBA stars face to face: Today’s basketball games determine who plays for gold on Saturday in Japan. Kevin Durant, Damien Lillard and the rest of Team USA’s star-studded roster will take on Australia. The Boomers, led by NBA legends Patty Mills and Joe Ingalls, stunned the basketball world by defeating the Americans in an exhibition game last month. Following that game is France v Slovenia, which will see three-time NBA defensive player Rudy Gobert take on one of basketball’s brightest young stars, Luka Doncic.
Medal Update: China leads with 32 gold medals, followed by the United States with 27 and Japan with 21. Team USA has a total of 83 medals to top the combined leaderboard. China is second with 71 and the Russian Olympic Committee is third with 53.
What else is coming in Japan later:
- Athletics: The world’s greatest athletes will be named when the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon end two days of competition, and the women’s pole vault and men’s 400m finals will take place in Tokyo tonight.
- Women’s Football: Team USA and Australia will play for the bronze medal after America’s disappointing semi-final loss to Canada.
- Sports Climbing: The first ever medal in the Olympic sport of climbing will be awarded tonight.
The full Olympic program can be found Here.