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Opening ceremony director for 2021 Tokyo Olympics fired after … Wed, 21 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0100-Follow all the latest from the Tokyo Games as softball and football continue ahead of Friday's opening ceremony.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020 LIVE: Latest news and results

July 22, 2021

Watch live as Tokyo Olympics president holds press conference

The Tokyo Olympics continues today with softball on the agenda, while Germany meeting Brazil in Yokohama headlining a busy day of men’s football too. However the build-up continues to be overshadowed by news of emerging Covid cases among athletes and officials at the Games ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony.

Tokyo’s coronavirus infections surged to a six-month high on Wednesday with the host city logging 1,832 new cases just two days before the officially Games open. There have been a number of athletes reporting positive cases forcing them into isolation and potentially ending their hopes of competing, while the highly promising Team GB skeet shooter Amber Hill tested positive shortly before her flight and the “devastated” 23-year-old has been forced to stay at home.

The action started yesterday, when Great Britain opened the women’s football competition with a comfortable 2-0 win over Chile in Sapporo. A double from striker Ellen White secured the win and there were plenty of positives for head coach Hege Riise as Team GB opened their tournament with three points. The first big shock of the Games came shortly afterwards as the reigning world champions USA were humbled 3-0 by Sweden in Tokyo, as their 44-game unbeaten run came to an end.

Follow all the latest news and updates below.

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About 950 people, including officials and journalists, will be watching Friday’s opening ceremony inside the stadium in Tokyo, one of the organisers has said.

The spectators will be joined by performers and athletes participating in the Games, said Hidemasa Nakamura, chief of Tokyo 2020’s main operation centre.

The organisers of the Games had earlier announced their decision to ban fans from attending the event in view of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite strict protocols, the organisers are still struggling with outbreaks of cases among athletes.

Acknowledging the challenge of containing infections, Mr Nakamura said it was “extremely difficult” to completely get rid of the virus, making it most important for them to quickly identify and tackle any new cases that emerge.

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Seiko Hashimoto, the president of Tokyo 2020, said that she has no intentions to resign as another scandal hit the Games.

Her announcement came after the organisers of the Games fired Kentaro Kobayashi, the director of the opening ceremony, over his past comments about the Holocaust.

“We found out that Mr Kobayashi, in his own performance, has used a phrase ridiculing a historical tragedy,” Ms Hashimoto said. “We deeply apologise for causing such a development the day before the opening ceremony and for causing troubles and concerns to many involved parties as well as the people in Tokyo and the rest of the country.”

She added that they are “currently investigating how to do tomorrow’s opening ceremony”.

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Two-time Olympics champion Andy Murray will start his action in Tokyo against Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime.

The reigning gold medallist from Great Britain will be facing the 15th seed in the first round of the tournament, it was announced today, as draws for four of five Olympic brackets were revealed in Japan.

Murray is the only tennis player to have won two consecutive singles gold medals, having triumphed at the London and Rio Olympics.

Murray is the star name in a six-strong British tennis team in Tokyo.

Namita Singh22 July 2021 05:46
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The United States scored a 1-0 victory against Canada on the second day of softball at the Tokyo Olympics.

US pitcher Monica Abbott dominated the Canadian batters from the start. She pitched a one-hitter and center fielder Haylie McCleney and second baseman Ali Aguilar combined to throw out the potential tying run at the plate in the sixth inning.

The second of five days of round-robin play leaves the US at 2-0 in the standings and Canada 1-1.

Namita Singh22 July 2021 05:05
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The director of the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony has been ousted after footage of him making jokes about the Holocaust emerged on social media on Wednesday.

The dismissal of Kentaro Kobayashi was announced after a clip was widely shared on Japanese social media on Wednesday showing Kobayashi, who is a comedian, in a TV skit from the 1990s, making light of the mass murder of Jews by the Nazis.

The director of the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony has been sacked after historical footage emerged of Kentaro Kobayashi making jokes about the Holocaust in the latest scandal to hit the Games.

Namita Singh22 July 2021 04:27
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A tough draw for Andy Murray, who will play talented Canadian 20-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime in the first round. Meanwhile Naomi Osaka, Japan’s greatest tennis player, will meet China’s Zheng Saisai, ranked world No49. Some selected ties:

Novak Djokovic (1) vs Hugo Dellien

Andy Murray vs Felix Auger-Aliassime (9)

Daniil Medvedev (2) vs Alexander Bublik

Ashleigh Barty (1) vs Sara Sorribes Tormo

Naomi Osaka (2) vs Zheng Saisai

Lawrence Ostlere22 July 2021 03:38
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Yamagami Shingo took to Twitter to welcome his host country on Brisbane being selected for the 2032 Games.

Graeme Massie22 July 2021 03:15
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Olympic organisers ordered 160,000 condoms for Tokyo Games But the athletes have been warned not to use them and to stay distanced because of Covid-19 restrictions, according to National Public Radio.

Graeme Massie22 July 2021 02:30
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They lead their match against their neighbours 1-0.

Graeme Massie22 July 2021 02:14
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    Tokyo 2020: Yesterday’s round-up

    Coming up today

    • The men’s football tournament kicks off, with Brazil taking on Germany in a repeat of the 2016 Olympic final at 12:30 pm BST.
    • Japan, France, Spain and Argentina will also get underway. Here are eight stars to watch as the men’s tournament begins.
    • The softball tournament continues with Japan taking on Mexico, USA playing Canada and Australia facing Italy.
Lawrence Ostlere22 July 2021 01:53
Watch live as Tokyo Olympics president holds press conference

The Tokyo Olympics continues today with softball on the agenda, while Germany meeting Brazil in Yokohama headlining a busy day of men’s football too. However the build-up continues to be overshadowed by news of emerging Covid cases among athletes and officials at the Games ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony.

Tokyo’s coronavirus infections surged to a six-month high on Wednesday with the host city logging 1,832 new cases just two days before the officially Games open. There have been a number of athletes reporting positive cases forcing them into isolation and potentially ending their hopes of competing, while the highly promising Team GB skeet shooter Amber Hill tested positive shortly before her flight and the “devastated” 23-year-old has been forced to stay at home.

The action started yesterday, when Great Britain opened the women’s football competition with a comfortable 2-0 win over Chile in Sapporo. A double from striker Ellen White secured the win and there were plenty of positives for head coach Hege Riise as Team GB opened their tournament with three points. The first big shock of the Games came shortly afterwards as the reigning world champions USA were humbled 3-0 by Sweden in Tokyo, as their 44-game unbeaten run came to an end.

Follow all the latest news and updates below.

1626931927

About 950 people, including officials and journalists, will be watching Friday’s opening ceremony inside the stadium in Tokyo, one of the organisers has said.

The spectators will be joined by performers and athletes participating in the Games, said Hidemasa Nakamura, chief of Tokyo 2020’s main operation centre.

The organisers of the Games had earlier announced their decision to ban fans from attending the event in view of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite strict protocols, the organisers are still struggling with outbreaks of cases among athletes.

Acknowledging the challenge of containing infections, Mr Nakamura said it was “extremely difficult” to completely get rid of the virus, making it most important for them to quickly identify and tackle any new cases that emerge.

Namita Singh22 July 2021 06:32
1626930257

Seiko Hashimoto, the president of Tokyo 2020, said that she has no intentions to resign as another scandal hit the Games.

Her announcement came after the organisers of the Games fired Kentaro Kobayashi, the director of the opening ceremony, over his past comments about the Holocaust.

“We found out that Mr Kobayashi, in his own performance, has used a phrase ridiculing a historical tragedy,” Ms Hashimoto said. “We deeply apologise for causing such a development the day before the opening ceremony and for causing troubles and concerns to many involved parties as well as the people in Tokyo and the rest of the country.”

She added that they are “currently investigating how to do tomorrow’s opening ceremony”.

Namita Singh22 July 2021 06:04
1626929202

Two-time Olympics champion Andy Murray will start his action in Tokyo against Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime.

The reigning gold medallist from Great Britain will be facing the 15th seed in the first round of the tournament, it was announced today, as draws for four of five Olympic brackets were revealed in Japan.

Murray is the only tennis player to have won two consecutive singles gold medals, having triumphed at the London and Rio Olympics.

Murray is the star name in a six-strong British tennis team in Tokyo.

Namita Singh22 July 2021 05:46
1626926731

The United States scored a 1-0 victory against Canada on the second day of softball at the Tokyo Olympics.

US pitcher Monica Abbott dominated the Canadian batters from the start. She pitched a one-hitter and center fielder Haylie McCleney and second baseman Ali Aguilar combined to throw out the potential tying run at the plate in the sixth inning.

The second of five days of round-robin play leaves the US at 2-0 in the standings and Canada 1-1.

Namita Singh22 July 2021 05:05
1626924476

The director of the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony has been ousted after footage of him making jokes about the Holocaust emerged on social media on Wednesday.

The dismissal of Kentaro Kobayashi was announced after a clip was widely shared on Japanese social media on Wednesday showing Kobayashi, who is a comedian, in a TV skit from the 1990s, making light of the mass murder of Jews by the Nazis.

The director of the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony has been sacked after historical footage emerged of Kentaro Kobayashi making jokes about the Holocaust in the latest scandal to hit the Games.

Namita Singh22 July 2021 04:27
1626921488

A tough draw for Andy Murray, who will play talented Canadian 20-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime in the first round. Meanwhile Naomi Osaka, Japan’s greatest tennis player, will meet China’s Zheng Saisai, ranked world No49. Some selected ties:

Novak Djokovic (1) vs Hugo Dellien

Andy Murray vs Felix Auger-Aliassime (9)

Daniil Medvedev (2) vs Alexander Bublik

Ashleigh Barty (1) vs Sara Sorribes Tormo

Naomi Osaka (2) vs Zheng Saisai

Lawrence Ostlere22 July 2021 03:38
1626920104

Yamagami Shingo took to Twitter to welcome his host country on Brisbane being selected for the 2032 Games.

Graeme Massie22 July 2021 03:15
1626917404

Olympic organisers ordered 160,000 condoms for Tokyo Games But the athletes have been warned not to use them and to stay distanced because of Covid-19 restrictions, according to National Public Radio.

Graeme Massie22 July 2021 02:30
1626916456

They lead their match against their neighbours 1-0.

Graeme Massie22 July 2021 02:14
1626915220

    Tokyo 2020: Yesterday’s round-up

    Coming up today

    • The men’s football tournament kicks off, with Brazil taking on Germany in a repeat of the 2016 Olympic final at 12:30 pm BST.
    • Japan, France, Spain and Argentina will also get underway. Here are eight stars to watch as the men’s tournament begins.
    • The softball tournament continues with Japan taking on Mexico, USA playing Canada and Australia facing Italy.
Lawrence Ostlere22 July 2021 01:53


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Tokyo Olympics 2020 LIVE: Latest news as Andy Murray and Naomi … Wed, 21 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0100-A Tokyo 2020 official said they became aware of the director's past remarks about the Holocaust, which he made in 1998, on Wednesday morning.

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Opening ceremony director for 2021 Tokyo Olympics fired after comments about Holocaust surface

July 22, 2021

TOKYO — Organizers announced Thursday that they have dismissed the director of the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics after learning that he made light of the Holocaust in a comedy routine.

The firing of the director, comedian and theater director Kentaro Kobayashi, comes a little more than 24 hours before the scheduled start of the ceremony Friday.

“We offer our deepest apologies for any offense and anguish this matter may have caused to the many people involved in the Olympic Games, as well as to the citizens of Japan and the world,” the organizing committee said in a statement.

Kobayashi said in a statement released by Tokyo 2020 that he remembered making the joke in question in 1998 and regretted it shortly thereafter. 

“I understand that my choice of words was wrong, and I regret it,” he wrote in Japanese. “I am sorry.”

Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto said in a news conference that organizers are reviewing the entirety of the program for the opening ceremony in the wake of Kobayashi's dismissal. Hashimoto said they became aware of the joke Wednesday morning and regretted that they did not know about it earlier.

“The overall responsibility lies in me,” she said.

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish global human rights organization based in Los Angeles, condemned Kobayashi's remarks in a statement released Wednesday. The center, citing Japanese news reports, said one of Kobayashi's jokes included the phrase “let's play Holocaust.”

“Any person, no matter how creative, does not have the right to mock the victims of the Nazi genocide,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the center's associate dean and global social action director.

MORE: For the first time, two US flagbearers are named for ceremony

RELATED: Ceremony composer resigns after backlash for bullying 

Kobayashi's dismissal is the latest in a string of embarrassing moments for the organizing committee, and particularly its opening ceremony team.

Keigo Oyamada, a Japanese composer, resigned from the Tokyo 2020 creative team earlier this week amid backlash for bullying a classmate with disabilities during his childhood. And a previous creative director for the opening ceremony, Hiroshi Sasaki, resigned in March amid revelations that he had made sexist remarks about a well-known female entertainer in Japan, likening her in a brainstorming session to a pig.

The former president of the organizing committee, Yoshiro Mori, also resigned earlier this year after making sexist remarks about women

Organizers said Thursday that the crowd on hand at the opening ceremony will be limited to about 950 people, including VIPs, government officials and foreign dignitaries. First Lady Jill Biden will be there as the head of the U.S. delegation, and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee has said it expects about 230 of its athletes to march during the ceremony.

Details about the content of the opening ceremony remain largely under wraps, though it is expected to have more of a somber, thankful note than other recent ceremonies, with COVID-19 likely to be a major theme.

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

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