With the host Japanese softball team’s 8-1 victory over Australia on Wednesday (two days before the official opening and one year later than originally scheduled), the Tokyo Olympics have begun, the Hungarian Telegraph Office reports.
|Japan’s Ueno Jokiko plays in a match against the Australians (Photo: AFP)|
The host team won 8-1 in the first round of the Fukushima Women’s Championship. Although the stadium has a capacity of 30,000 people, the match was played in front of only about 50 spectators – officials and journalists – as a result of the measures taken due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In softball, the Japanese are the defending champions, and most recently, they triumphed in 2008. The sport, the women’s version of baseball, was not included in the program in 2012 and 2016.
On Wednesday (today), there will be three football matches and six women’s football matches in the matches of the five rings. In the last championship, a rally is already underway, in the G-Group, the world champions will face the Americans who were eliminated in the 2016 quarter-finals Swedes in Rio.
The Tokyo Olympics were originally scheduled to take place in the summer of 2020 – the name remained Tokyo 2020 – but were postponed by a year due to the pandemic.
Group Circle, Round 1
Australia– Japan 1-8
5.00: Italy and the United States
8.00: Mexico and Canada
National Sports reports on the venue: Erica Smith, Nedelikoff Tamas Andras Zucks (text), Stephen Mirko, Heidi Tombach (photo)