Rising COVID Cases, Loss to Women’s Football – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Rising COVID-19 cases among athletes have become a problem at the Tokyo Olympics days ahead of the opening ceremony. As cases continue to surface in athletes, the director of the World Health Organization says the games should go on.
âThe games should go on to show what can be achieved with the right plan and security measures. He said the Olympics had the power to bring the world together, inspire and show what is possible, âsaid General Director Tedros Adhanom.
The opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday evening in Japan, at the First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will attend.
However, the Olympic actions have already started. It started with stunning football for the US women’s national team. The team is ousted by Sweden in their first group game.
âWe kicked our asses. We just looked a little nervous. I think we played a little tight – we never have to play like that. I don’t know if we were locked up or just excited or waiting a long time, but [Swedenâs] had the same. If we accept that, we have been bucked. We have to take a closer look and move forward, âsaid striker Megan Rapino after the game.
Only two teams in Olympic history have won the gold medal after losing their opening game of the tournament. Norway in 2000 and the US women’s team in Beijing in 2008.
North Texas athletes are also making their way to Tokyo. Unlike in previous years, the athletes will arrive at different times in order to reduce the number of people in the athletes’ village to a minimum due to COVID concerns. Vincent Hancock (men’s skeet) and Austen Smith (women’s skeet) have been in Tokyo for a few days to get used to the area. Both start the competition on Sunday, July 25th.
Allisha Gray of the Dallas Wings is also in Tokyo. She is part of Team USA’s first 3v3 women’s basketball team. Gray made history for the event at the first Olympics.
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