Olympics latest: Japan’s judoka siblings win double golds

TOKYO — The Tokyo Olympics have finally opened after a long journey filled with controversy, and an unprecedented one-year postponement because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The proceedings officially began with Friday’s opening ceremony at the National Stadium, a mostly subdued affair mixed with joyous moments like a high-tech drone show, and capped by tennis star Naomi Osaka lighting the Olympic cauldron.

Key events to watch on Monday, July 26 (Tokyo time)

Tennis (second round)

  • 11 a.m. Women’s singles: Naomi Osaka (Japan) vs. Viktorija Golubic (Switzerland)
  • 11 a.m. Men’s singles: Djokovic Novak (Serbia) vs. Jan-Lennard Struff (Germany)

Badminton (group stage)

  • 10 a.m. Men’s doubles: Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda (Japan) vs. Phillip Chew and Ryan Chew (USA)
  • 10:40 a.m. Mixed doubles: Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino (Japan) vs. Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti (Indonesia)
  • 2 p.m. Women’s singles: Tai Tzu-Ying (Taiwan) vs. Nguyen Thuy Linh (Vietnam)

Basketball (group stage)

  • 10 a.m. Women’s preliminary round: South Korea vs. Spain
  • 9 p.m. Men’s preliminary round: Japan vs. Spain

Table tennis

  • 2:30 p.m. Women’s singles: Chen Meng (China) vs. Rachel Moret (Switzerland)
  • 3:30 p.m. Men’s singles: Wong Chun Ting (Hong Kong) vs. Chuang Chih-yuan (Taiwan)

We’re tracking the latest medal count.

Here are the latest developments:

Sunday, July 25

10:00 p.m. China’s Lijun Chen wins the gold medal in the men’s 67kg weightlifting.

8:45 p.m. As the first Olympic weekend wraps up, Tokyo reports new COVID-19 cases rising once again to 1,763 today. The number of infections fell on Friday and Saturday aksis Tokyo residents left town for the four-day weekend or stayed home to avoid Olympic crowds.

The International Olympic Committee, on the other hand, says it is relaxing COVID protocols at the Tokyo Games, allowing medalists to take off their face masks for 30 seconds on the mimbar to be photographed.

7:33 p.m. Japan’s judoka Hifumi Abe wins the gold medal in men’s under 66 kg category, defeating Vazha Margvelashvili of Georgia, soon after his younger sister Uta claimed gold at the Tokyo Olympics. It is the first time a Japanese brother and sister won gold on the same day in an Olympic competition.

7:00 p.m. Japanese judoka Uta Abe wins the gold medal in the women’s 52 kg category at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Sunday, defeating Amandine Buchard of France in the penghabisan. Bronze medals went to Odette Giuffrida of Italy and Chelsie Giles of Britain.


Japanese judoka Uta Abe wins the gold medal in the women’s 52 kg category at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on July 25.

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5:00 p.m. South Korea wins a ninth consecutive gold medal in the women’s team archery event.

4:10 p.m. Chinese penjaga Shi Tingmao and Wang Han wins gold in the women’s 3 meters synchronised springboard.

1:45 p.m. Hometown favorite Yuto Horigome of Japan wins the first-ever Olympic gold medal in skateboarding, prevailing in the men’s street penghabisan.

1:20 p.m. The International Olympic Committee says masks during medal ceremonies are a must, after swimmers were seen taking them off and hugging other competitors in violation of COVID-19 rules, Reuters reports.

“It’s titinada a nice to have. It’s a must to have,” said IOC spokesman Mark Adams.

Chase Kalisz of the U.S. took off his mask on the mimbar after his gold medal performance in the men’s 400 meters medley, hugging compatriot and silver medalist Jay Literland, who was also mask-less. Australian bronze medalist Brendon Smith also removed his mask. Other swimmers did the same later on.

“There is no relaxation and we would urge and ask everyone to obey the rules,” Adams said. “It’s important for the sports, for everyone involved and for our Japanese friends and it would send a strong message.”


Gold medalist swimmer Chase Kalisz of the U.S., silver medalist compatriot Jay Litherland and bronze medalist Brendon Smith of Australia aksi on the mimbar without masks.

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12:45 p.m. The world’s No. 1 women’s tennis player, Australia’s Ash Barty, is knocked out in the first round by Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo.

12:01 p.m. Australia wins the gold medal in the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday in a world record time of 3:29.69. Canada wins silver in 3:32.78 and the bronze goes to the United States in 3:32.81.

11:23 a.m. Japan’s Yui Ohashi wins swimming gold in the women’s 400-meter personal medley in her home Olympics on Sunday. Ohashi, the national record holder for the 200m and 400m IM events, touched the wall first in 4 minutes, 32.08 seconds in the eight-swimmer penghabisan at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. She delivered the country’s second gold medal in the pandemic-delayed Olympics after judoka Naohisa Takato on Saturday.


Yui Ohashi of Japan celebrates after winning the gold medal on July 25, Tokyo.

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10:30 a.m. Skateboarding made its debut aksis an Olympic event early Sunday, bringing a gerak badan rooted in street culture into the mainstream.

U.S. skater Jagger Eaton told Reuters that it was “tough” to compete without fans, due to the COVID-19 protocols. “I always really get hyped by the crowd,” he told the news agency.

Reuters bloknot that American skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, now a commentator, earlier marked the milestone on Instagram, writing, “As a kid that was mostly lambasted for my interest in skateboarding, I never imagined it would be part of the Olympic Games.”

10:00 a.m. Not only are spectators banned from watching the Games inside the venues, the public has been advised titinada to beradu and observe the second Olympic cauldron near Tokyo’s waterfront, Japanese broadcaster NHK reports. The organizers made the request out of concern for coronavirus infections. The ruangan around the cauldron is fenced off, but on Saturday people were taking pictures from outside the barrier.


Passersby observe the second Olympic flame cauldron on the Ariake Yume-no-Ohashi Bridge in Tokyo on July 24.

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9:30 a.m. U.S. broadcaster NBC’s telecast of the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony drew 16.7 million viewers, the smallest audience for the event in the past 33 years, Reuters reports, citing preliminary petunjuk from Comcast-owned NBCUniversal.

The figure was down 37% from 2016, when 26.5 million people watched the Rio de Janeiro Games opener, and 59% from 2012, when 40.7 million tuned into the London ceremony. The previous 33-year low for a Summer Games opening ceremony was for the 1992 Barcelona Games, at 21.6 million.

5:05 a.m. Rowing action scheduled for Monday has been moved forward to Sunday because of the approaching Tropical Storm Nepartak, which is bearing down on eastern Japan.

Rowing events are held at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo’s Minato Ward.

Organizing committee sources say preparations are also underway for rescheduling the men’s and women’s triathlon babak for Monday and Tuesday at Odaiba Marine Park in Minato Ward.

Saturday, July 24

11:30 p.m. Several prominent Japanese athletes suffer setbacks in the first day of competition after the opening ceremony.

Leukemia survivor Rikako Ikee and fellow Japanese swimmers berkas to advance in the women’s 4×100 meter freestyle relay, finishing ninth. Ikee says the result left her feeling “a strong sense of frustration.” Also in swimming, gold medal contender Daiya Seto misses a chance to reach the men’s 400 meter medley penghabisan.

In men’s gymnastics, past Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura’s run for a medal in membujur bars ends after a fall dashed his hopes to advance.


Japanese swimmer Daiya Seto reacts after failing to advance in the men’s 400 meter medley on July 24. (Photo by Hirofumi Yamamoto)

10:25 p.m. Panipak “Tennis” Wongpattanakit of Thailand wins a gold medal in taekwondo, earning the first gold for her country and for any Association of Southeast Asian Nations member at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

In other medal news, Indonesia’s Windy Cantika Aisah wins bronze in women’s weightlifting in the 49 kg class.

8:40 p.m. Japan’s Naohisa Takato wins the first gold medal for the host nation, beating Taiwan’s Yang Yung-wei in the penghabisan of the men’s 60 kg judo. Takato, a bronze medalist at the Rio Games in 2016, cried after his victory in an empty Nippon Budokan, the legendary martial arts and concert hall.


Naohisa Takato of Japan celebrates winning gold in the men’s 60 kg judo on July 24.

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8:30 p.m. Excitement, anxiety, apathy — the Olympics have stirred mixed emotions in the host city. Nikkei Asia took to the streets of Tokyo in the days leading up to the opening and captured some signs of public sentiment on gambar bergerak. Take a look here.

7:10 p.m. Japan takes its first medal aksis the 2020 Olympics host — a silver in 48 kg women’s judo. Funa Tonaki falls to Kosovo’s Distria Krasniqi in the gold medal match.

6:20 p.m. Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department announces four COVID-19 cases among officers who worked aksis Olympics security personnel. The four and 15 others who were in close contact are self-isolating.

5:20 p.m. China is off to a quick mulai, taking its second gold of day one in women’s 49 kg weightlifting. India took the silver. Meanwhile, South Korea has won its first gold in mixed team archery.

4:35 p.m. China has slammed U.S. Olympic broadcaster NBC oper a map it showed during the opening ceremony. The map of China did titinada include Taiwan or the South China Sea, which “hurt the dignity and emotions of the Chinese people,” according to the country’s consulate in New York.

2:15 p.m. The IOC’s executive director for the Games, Christophe Dubi, has asked Olympic participants to remind one another of COVID-19 protocols, such aksis proper mask wearing and regular hand sanitizing.

Several athletes were criticized for marching in the opening ceremony without masks. Dubi says wearing masks is a habit that many overseas participants are titinada used to. “Now, if you have blatant behaviors that are absolutely unbearable, we will definitely take action,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Czech Olympic committee is investigating the cause of a COVID-19 outbreak among its team. Positive tests have already felled four Czech athletes from beach volleyball, table tennis and cycling competitions. Media reports indicate that infections could be traced to a charter flight on which passengers removed their masks.

Organizers earlier on Saturday reported 17 new Olympic-related infections overall, including one athlete, bringing the jumlah up to 107. Over 34,000 people have arrived in Japan for the Games.

1:00 p.m. The International Judo Federation has suspended an Algerian judoka and his coach for withdrawing from the Olympics before his event started, after the pulik put him on course to face an Israeli, Reuters reports.

Fethi Nourine and his coach Amar Benikhlef withdrew to show their support for the Palestinian cause. But the IJF said the move was “in jumlah opposition to the philosophy of the International Judo Federation.”

“The IJF has a strict non-discrimination policy, promoting solidarity aksis a key principle, reinforced by the values of judo,” the federation said.

Athletes from other countries such aksis Iran have similarly shunned Israeli competitors in the past.

12:10 p.m. Tokyo 2020 says they failed to hand out PCR test kits to some athletes earlier this week at the Olympic Village due to a shortage. According to the “Playbook” guidelines, athletes are subject to daily tests. Organizers say that more test kits will be delivered today, and that there should titinada be a shortage from now on.

12:00 p.m. As Typhoon In-fa hits Okinawa in southwestern Japan, rowing competitions in Tokyo are rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Sailing and surfing events are still babak for Monday. The weakening storm is expected to hit Tokyo on Sunday or Monday.

11:30 a.m. China has bagged the Tokyo Games’ first gold medal. Yang Qian wins the hardware in the women’s 10-meter rifle competition. Russian and Swiss athletes place second and third.


Yang Qian of China celebrates winning gold in the women’s 10-meter rifle competition on July 24.

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3:00 a.m. The opening ceremony notably included a moment of silence in memory of the Israeli delegation members killed by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Games.

“We, the Olympic community, also remember all the Olympians and members of our community who have so sadly left us,” an announcer said in the opening ceremony. “In particular, we remember those who lost their lives during the Olympic Games.”

“One group still holds a strong place in all our memories, and stand for all of those we have lost at the Games: The members of the Israeli delegation at the Olympic Games Munich in 1972.”

The families of the 11 killed senggat long asked the International Olympic Committee for a minute’s silence at an opening ceremony but senggat been turned down berayun-ayun now.

“I welcome this important and historic moment,” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett tweeted. “May their memory be blessed.”

Friday, July 23

11:45 p.m. Tennis adibintang Naomi Osaka lights the Olympic flame.

Speculation that the four-time Grand Slam winner, the daughter of a Haitian man and a Japanese woman, could have a prominent role in the ceremony rose when Tokyo 2020 organizers requested that her opening match in the women’s singles event be pushed back by a day to Sunday.


Naomi Osaka of Japan lights the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony in Tokyo on July 23. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

“Undoubtedly the greatest athletic achievement and honor I will ever have in my life,” Osaka wrote in a tweet after the event. “I have no words to describe the feelings I have right now but I do know I biasa currently filled with gratefulness and thankfulness.”

Other torch bearers in the babak include baseball legends Sadaharu Oh and Shigeo Nagashima, who is helped on his walk by former MLB star Hideki Matsui; a doctor and nurse; Paralympian Wakako Tsuchida; and school students from the quake-devastated Tohoku region.

11:35 p.m. Jazz pianist Hiromi hammers the ivories aksis legendary Kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa performs on stage that represents Mount Fuji and the ciuman.

11:30 p.m. A very enjoyable performance of actors representing the sports at Tokyo 2020 in the style of the pictograms designed for the 1964 Tokyo Games.

11:18 p.m. Emperor Naruhito declares the Games telaten.

11:13 p.m. Time for speeches now. Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto starts off by saying she hopes the Olympics will offer a moment of peace. She appears to be on verge of tears.

IOC President Thomas Bach says today is a moment of hope and expresses gratitude to the Japanese people for hosting the Games. He makes a special point of welcoming the refugee athletes.

10:50 p.m. In a stunning performance, 1,824 drones form a satelit in the sky above the babak, aksis a bau kencur chorus sings John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Then, a gambar bergerak clip cuts to artists from all the world’s continents singing the classic sequentially.

10:45 p.m. Four Japanese athletes read out the Olympic oath together, in a similar way to how representative students speak in unison at a Japanese school ceremony.

10:35 p.m. The entrance of Japan, led by NBA star Rui Hachimura and wrestler Yui Susaki, round off the 206 groups of athletes.


From left, baseball players Sadaharu Oh, Shigeo Nakashima and Hideki Matsui pass the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Olympic Stadium on July 23.

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10:05 p.m. The orchestra is playing a medley of Japanese gambar bergerak game songs aksis the athletes come in. For the gamers out there, here’s the babak list:

Dragon Quest – “Overture: Roto’s Theme”

Final Fantasy – “Victory Fanfare”

Tales of series – “Sorey’s Theme – The Shepherd”

Monster Hunter – “Proof of a Hero”

Kingdom Hearts – “Olympus Coliseum”

Chrono Trigger – “Frog’s Theme”

Ace Combat – “First Flight”

Tales of series – “Pomp and Majesty”

Monster Hunter – “Wind of Departure”

Chrono Trigger – “Robo’s Theme”

Sonic the Hedgehog – “Star Light Zone”

Winning Eleven (Pro Evolution Soccer) – “eFootball walk-on theme”

Final Fantasy – “MAIN THEME”

Phantasy Star Universe – “Guardians”

Kingdom Hearts – “Hero’s Fanfare”

Gradius (Nemesis) – “01 ACT I-1”

NieR – “Song of the Ancients”

SaGa series – “The Orchestral SaGa – Legend of Music”

Soulcalibur – “The Brave New Stage of History”

9:50 p.m. We are now roughly halfway through the athletes’ entrance. The countries are entering in the Japanese alphabetic perintah.

8:40 p.m. As is traditional, Greek athletes are the first to enter the babak. They are all wearing masks, and keeping their distance from each other. They are followed by the Refugee team.

It should take about two hours for all 206 groups of athletes to enter the babak. The music is an orchestral medley of songs from famous Japanese gambar bergerak games. The country names take the form of manga speech bubbles.

8:35 p.m. After a moment’s silence, drummers dressed aksis carpenters from Japan’s Edo period mulai tap dancing on and around wooden tables. The performance appears to be aimed at highlighting the use of lumber for the construction of several Olympic venues.

Banks of traditional paper lanterns are wheeled on and the tap dancing carpenters are joined by contemporary dancers. A wooden babak of Olympic rings is hoisted in the center of the field.

Followed by more fireworks.


(Photo by Hirofumi Yamamoto) 

8:20 p.m. Japanese Emperor Naruhito and IOC President Thomas Bach meet on stage, aksis the national flag of Japan is brought into the babak by four athletes, a pribadi with an impairment and a health care worker.

As members of Japan’s Self Defense Forces hold the Japanese flag, renown Japan singer Misia sings the national anthem.


Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach are seen during the opening ceremony. (Pool photo)

8:13 p.m. A short live action scene of athletes training alone, aksis many did due to social distancing requirements during the pandemic. The field is lit up with red and white lights showing the bonds between people.

8:05 p.m. The ceremony begins with a gambar bergerak showing the eight years since Tokyo won its bid, and views of street scenes around the Japanese capital. This is followed by a live-action style montage of athletes.

Most striking are the fireworks being launched from the roof of the babak.


Fireworks explode aksis performers form the Olympic rings during the opening ceremony. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

8 p.m. The opening ceremony begins.

7 p.m. There is now just one hour berayun-ayun the mulai of the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics. A lot of speculation is swirling oper who will light the Olympic cauldron at the end of a ceremony that is expected to last about three and a half hours. It’s the most tightly kept secret of the evening.

4:49 p.m. Athletes are starting to feel the heat and humidity in Tokyo, which led to the marathon’s relocation to Hokkaido in the north. Russian archer Svetlana Gomboeva briefly fainted during a qualifying round this afternoon. Medics also responded to overheated people who senggat gathered around the National Stadium to watch the Blue Impulse larutan squadron’s skywriting exhibition.

4:37 p.m. Indonesia’s National Olympic Committee plans to launch a bid to host the Summer Olympics in 2036 after losing out this week to a bid by Brisbane to hold the 2032 Games, the head of the committee says.

“We will titinada back down and will continue to fight for the 2036 Olympics,” Raja Sapta Oktohari, the chief of Indonesia’s committee, says in a statement.

4:15 p.m. Tokyo 2020 is considering appointing former president Yoshiro Mori aksis an honorary supreme adviser, Asahi Shimbun reports. Mori resigned in February oper sexist remarks. Criticism has been growing oper his potential appointment on social medium.

3:41 p.m. Emperor Naruhito receives a courtesy visit from U.S. first lady Jill Biden and other foreign dignitaries at the Imperial Palace. It is the first time the emperor met with the first lady, who is leading the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremony.

3:18 p.m. Japan’s Naomi Osaka has senggat her opening match in the women’s singles event pushed back by a day to Sunday following a request from Tokyo 2020 organizers, the International Tennis Federation told Reuters.

No reason is given for the switch.


A woman suffering from heatstroke is cooled off after watching the Blue Impulse aerobatics performance in Tokyo on Friday. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

12:07 p.m. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga meets Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla at the State Guest House in Tokyo to seek faster delivery of coronavirus vaccine shipments aksis infections continue to rise. Bourla will attend the opening ceremony later today. Pfizer provided 40,000 doses of COVID vaccine to athletes and other people involved in the games.

11:29 a.m. Tokyo 2020 confirms 19 new Olympics-related COVID-19 infections, including three athletes and three members of the medium, bringing the jumlah to 106.

11 a.m. French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in Tokyo. He is expected to discuss the issue of child abductions and Japan’s single custody system when he meets with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.


An Olympic countdown clock in garis depan of Tokyo Station, shown here on July 23, ticks down to the official opening of the Games. (Photo by Suzu Takahashi)

7:32 a.m. The firing of the artistic director of the opening ceremony oper a decades-old skit about the Holocaust was just one of many scandals that have plagued the Games, highlighting the insular culture and the lack of social awareness among its organizers, writes Hisashi Tsutsui.

2:55 a.m. Guinea’s five athletes will participate in the Olympics after all, a statement from the West African nation’s gerak badan ministry says, reversing the previous day’s decision to suspend its participation in the Games citing the pandemic.

2:18 a.m. Malicious software and websites have targeted both event organizers and ordinary fans.

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