With cancellation looking less likely by the day, here’s a primer on foreign athletes to watch out for at the delayed Olympics:
- And so it begins: Members of the Australian softball team are excited to be the first group of Olympic athletes to arrive in Japan on Tuesday, even as they face the prospect of life in a virtual bubble with regular PCR testing.
- Regarded as one of the smoothest and most stylish surfers on the planet, Australia’s Stephanie “Happy” Gilmore is seeking gold-medal icing on her seven-world-title cake as the sport goes Olympic in Tokyo for the first time.
- Will all of tennis’ top draws come to Tokyo? While Naomi Osaka is a shoo-in and Ash Barty is excited about her Olympic debut, Roger Federer is still in two minds, while Novak Djokovic has said he’s not interested in playing without fans.
- A workhorse on the pommel horse, two-time Olympic gold medalist Max Whitlock will be the elder statesman of Britain’s artistic gymnastics team in Tokyo. But he still feels he can deliver as he prepares for his third games.
- Kiwi weightlifter Laurel Hubbard looks set to become the first transgender athlete to compete at an Olympics after qualifying for Tokyo due to a rule change. But one former Olympian says women who object to Hubbard’s inclusion are being told to “be quiet.”