With momentum behind the delayed Tokyo Olympics building, here’s a five-point catch-up on how the games prep is going:
- Diving and volleyball on Saturday became the first test events to include international athletes since such competitions resumed last month. The diving World Cup, also a qualifier for the games, features over 200 athletes from 50 countries, and is being held with strict coronavirus protocols.
- Karate, skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing, 3×3 basketball — the people putting together these new Olympic events face a huge challenge to ignite the world’s imagination while also trying to ensure safety in the middle of a pandemic, Kyodo reports.
- Australia’s success in Olympic track and field quite literally slowed to a walk at the Rio Games, but hopes are high for a rebound in Tokyo with a raft of elite women leading the charge, Reuters reports.
- While world No. 1 Dustin Johnson is among the top male golfers skipping the games (don’t worry, Hideki Matsuyama is not one of them), the women’s competition promises to be star-studded, with reigning gold medalist Inbee Park and silver medalist Lydia Ko planning to be there.
- Iran’s only Olympic medal winner, taekwondo star Kimia Alizadeh, has been granted refugee status in Germany and aims to compete as part the Olympic Refugee Team in Tokyo — a team that promises to be larger than the 10-member contingent that appeared in Rio.