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The Olympics finally begin on Friday night, with the opening ceremony of the delayed Tokyo 2020 games – although many of the athletes involved may not be able to attend.
That’s because there are fears that a growing cluster of Covid has emerged in the middle of the Athletes’ Village, with the number of people testing positive for the virus now up to four, with many more being forced to. self-isolate.
Follow all the latest news and updates from Tokyo below …
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BUSTED ANTI-SEX BED MYTH
There has been a rumor that just won’t go away around Athlete Village in Tokyo … until now.
Social media has been on fire over the past week with photos of the village beds, which are said to be made of rather fragile cardboard.
The reason was believed to discourage athletes from being intimate with each other, as the beds weren’t able to support more than one body.
But Australian hockey players were quick to test this theory. Hockeyroos goalie Rachael Lynch posted photos of herself and several teammates sitting on one of the beds on Twitter, clearly demonstrating that they are capable of supporting a significant amount of weight.
“After many questions about our cardboard beds, we thought we should put them to the test,” Lynch wrote with a blinking emoji included.
“Can confirm that they are strong enough for the activities!” “
AUSSIE TROLLED ON A BULLYING STATION
Matildas star Chloe Logarzo will be one of the very first Australian Olympians in action when the soccer team takes on New Zealand on Wednesday night (AEST).
But despite the immense popularity of the Matildas, a TikTok published by Logarzo didn’t go very well.
Logarzo posted a video of her with Matildas teammates dancing with the caption: “When you were bullied in school for having [sic] athletic … and now you are an Olympian ”.
But it sparked a flood of trolls from people who disagreed with Logarzo’s claims that he was being bullied.
A popular comment claimed, “Uh, athletic kids don’t get bullied,” to which Logarzo replied, “I was bullied because I was a girl who was good at sports, so I automatically been called a tomboy ”.
But this commentator was far from the only one who tried to invalidate Logarzo’s experience. Other comments included: “It was all the athletic girls who were bullies in my school so yeah”
– “Sports children are the tyrants”
– “As it has never happened to anyone”
– “Sporty children are not intimidated. Sporty children ARE the bullies ”.
– “Hahaha all the athletic kids who poked my head in the toilet (peace sign emoji)”
Logarzo then commented on his post: “Interesting people think they know what it was like to grow up like me.”
AUSSIE STAR’S DIFFICULT RETURN
Two weeks ago, rising Australian tennis star Max Purcell denounced Australian tennis authorities for excluding him from the Olympic team.
“Yes, everyone dreams of being an Olympic athlete, but there is not much you can do when your federation is not a huge fan of you,” he said.
“There is a lot of history there. It’s kind of a known fact within the Australian tennis community that top guys aren’t fans of me.
“I kind of say what I’m thinking and a lot of the guys at the top are pretty sweet and can’t handle a joke… that’s what it is.”
What a difference two weeks makes. After Alex de Minaur was kicked out of the Games due to a positive COVID-19 test, Purcell was called upon to represent green and gold in the men’s doubles alongside our top doubles pistol John Peers.
But there’s another problem – Purcell, 23, hates playing doubles (although he’s pretty good at it).
“I hate it,” Purcell said of being called the doubles specialist.
“You don’t take a tennis racket when you’re little to want to play doubles. You want to be a singles player!
“I’m still a singles player first and foremost,” he added. “I hate playing doubles, going into these tournaments and seeing all these guys playing singles, and you just want to do what they do. “
Purcell teamed up with another Australian in Luke Saville at the 2020 Australian Open, thus advancing to the final. His career-high doubles ranking is 38th in the world, as he just finished in the top 200 in singles after winning his first Challenger Series title in five years.
NBA STAR OUTSIDE TOKYO – FOR NOW
Chicago Bulls goalie Zach LaVine was placed in Covid-19 security protocols on Monday and did not join his US Olympic basketball teammates to travel to Japan for the Tokyo Olympics.
USA Basketball has said he hopes LaVine can travel to Tokyo later this week and join his fellow NBA star colleagues in time for Sunday’s Olympic opener against France.
A statement from USA Basketball said LaVine did not travel with the team “out of caution” after starting health and safety measures for Covid-19, but did not say if he had contracted the virus or was selected for contact tracing.
LaVine scored 13 points for the Americans on Sunday in an 83-76 exhibition victory over defending World Cup basketball champions Spain in Las Vegas.
The US team have already lost Washington goalkeeper Bradley Beal after being placed in Covid-19 protocols and centering Kevin Love due to a calf injury.
The Americans added Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee and San Antonio Spurs goaltender Keldon Johnson to replace Beal and Love.
The US team is expected to add three more players after the conclusion of the NBA Finals – Phoenix goaltender Devin Booker and Milwaukee’s Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton.
FEAR FOR THE BALLS
An American gymnast tested positive for the coronavirus at an Olympic training camp and another athlete is self-isolating, Japanese team leaders and officials said on Monday.
The gymnast was named by her father Kara Eaker, 18, who is in Japan as a reserve in the team led by superstar Simone Biles.
Eaker is in isolation, with another “close contact” from the team, her father Mark told CNN.
He said his daughter tested positive at the team’s training camp in Inzai, a town 30 kilometers east of Tokyo, and added that she had no symptoms and was fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
SIX POLISH SWIMMERS SENT HOME
Six Polish swimmers had to return from Japan even before the Olympics started after the Polish Swimming Federation (PZP) sent too many athletes due to an administrative error.
The swimmers returned to Poland on Sunday, threatening legal action and calling on the PZP leader to resign following the incident.
The swimming team sent to Japan numbered 23 people.
“I would like to express my great regret, sadness and bitterness at the situation,” PZP director Pawel Slominski said in a statement.
Slominski admitted the mistake but said it was motivated by the desire to “allow as many athletes and coaches as possible to participate”.
One of the six, Alicja Tchorz, wrote a Facebook post attacking the “incompetence” of the PZP, claiming to have “misunderstood the rules”.
“Imagine sacrificing five years of your life and … your sacrifice ended in a total flop,” said Tchorz, who competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.
Another of the six, Mateusz Chowaniec, said on Instagram: “This is an absurd situation that should never have happened.”
The Polish Ministry of Culture and Sports urged the president of the PZP “to immediately submit an explanation” about the incident.