Tokyo Olympics news LIVE: All the latest as Team GB’s women’s football beat Chile two days before the opening ceremony, while more athletes are ruled out of the Games because of Covid
After a year-long delay, the Tokyo Olympics is finally here with the Olympic Ceremony set to take place on Friday.
The competition had been due to take place last summer but was pushed back by 12 months due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
The Games will be like none other seen in the past, with fans prohibited from the venues with Tokyo under a fourth state of emergency, while head of the organising committee Toshiro Muto has still not ruled out a last-minute cancellation.
Nonetheless, with fans absent it’s the athletes that will take centre stage. And though the Opening Ceremony is not until Friday, the action has already started with a number of disciplines getting underway on Wednesday, including Team GB‘s women’s football team.
With the Olympics taking place in Japan, a large proportion of the action will take place between midnight and 3pm BST for UK viewers.
But not to worry, as Sportsmail will keep you up-to-date with all the latest news and updates right through until the closing ceremony on August 8.
Team GB are off to a flyer! Hege Riise’s women’s football side beat Chile in their Group E opener at the Tokyo Olympics as Manchester City forward Ellen White scores a brace to seal comfortable victory
TEAM GB WOMEN 2-0 CHILE WOMEN – MIKE KEEGAN IN SAPPORO: Team GB has got talent. They knew it when they performed a variety show for kicks in the team hotel and they know it now after they opened their Olympic Games campaign with a comprehensive victory over Chile. Debuts are never easy. A training camp held in a Covid environment is not the norm and neither is a match before no fans in a stifling Sapporo dome. As captain Steph Houghton joked, smuggling a coffee into the camp has been an achievement on this most challenging of trips. To underline the point, on a press call to preview this match, manager Hege Riise was unceremoniously moved out of a café by a member of staff while speaking to journalists. But Riise, who herself won a gold medal with her native Norway in 2000, has high hopes for this group. And while they could have been more composed, more clinical, this was nothing other than a successful start. A brace of smart finishes from the lethal Ellen White, one in either half, did the trick. In reality, a dominant performance should have resulted in a wider margin.
First athletes quit Olympics due to Covid: Chilean taekwondo fighter and Dutch skateboarder test positive upon arrival in Japan as WHO chief says virus risk at Games is ‘inevitable’
Fernanda Aguirre, a Chilean taekwondo fighter, (left) and Candy Jacobs, a Dutch skateboarder (right), are the first athletes forced to quit the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for Covid. Aguirre tested positive at Tokyo airport after arriving in the country from a training camp in Uzbekistan meaning she cannot compete in her event on Sunday, while Jacobs returned a positive test at Athletes’ Village and will miss her event on Monday. Three other athletes – two South African footballers and a Czech volleyball player – have also tested positive, but could technically compete once they have ended 10 days of isolation. It came as WHO chief Dr Tedros (top inset) said achieving zero Covid infections at the game was never a realistic prospect, even as organisers insist the showpiece event – which is due to kick off on Friday (main stadium, bottom inset) – will be safe.
Team GB athletes will produce a record low turnout for Olympic Games opening ceremony in Tokyo with just THIRTY choosing to attend over Covid fears… as a Chilean taekwondo player and Dutch skateboarder see their games ended after contracting virus
The Team GB delegation at the Opening Ceremony will only number around 30 – with concerned athletes choosing not to attend the showpiece event amid concerns over Covid-19. The development comes as Chilean taekwondo player Fernanda Aguirre and Dutch skateboarder Candy Jacobs were ruled out of the Games after testing positive for Covid-19. A record low turnout will walk behind the union flag on Friday night, at a show which will be broadcast to millions around the world. Officials had hoped around 50 athletes would take part, which would still represent a fraction of the usual 200 in non-pandemic times.