There are still a lot of competitions for the final weekend of the Olympics. But there are also a storm, heat and an increase in corona virus cases due to the upcoming Tokyo 2020 shutdown.
The Govt-19 rally continues: Tokyo recorded 5,042 cases on Thursday, a new one-day record for the Japanese capital. Physicians and public health experts have increasingly expressed concern that it could contribute to an increase in infections at the Olympics, although Japanese leaders disagree.
The movement of people in central Tokyo did not increase compared to the period before the opening of the Olympics. I don’t think the Olympics have increased the risk of infection, ”Prime Minister Yoshihit Suka told a news conference on Friday.
Even if the Olympics end on Sunday, experts will not be able to analyze the impact of the games on the Govt-19 cases for at least two weeks due to the incubation period of the virus.
Belarusian coaches forced to withdraw from sports
The Olympic body said the NOC (National Olympic Committee) in Belarus had decided to withdraw two coaches to protect the well-being of athletes “as an interim measure in Tokyo”.
Hassan’s search continues: Siban Hassan of the Netherlands is looking forward to his second gold medal in the women’s 1,500m final tonight. He has already won the 5,000-meter race and is set to compete in the 10,000-meter race tomorrow. No woman has ever won all three races at the same Olympiad
Football Gold, Delay: Canada and Sweden will play in the women’s football final tonight in Yokohama, near Tokyo. The competition was delayed from 11am (local time) due to heat and humidity, which has affected many athletes competing outside, and may cause concern for the men’s and women’s marathons this weekend.
The races are held in Sapporo, northern Japan, where temperatures are generally cooler than in Tokyo. Saturday morning temperatures for the women’s marathon will range from 26 to 28 degrees Celsius, even if it starts early in the morning. Sunday will be slightly colder when the men run, about 24 degrees Celsius. Relative humidity values for both days are expected to be between 70% and 80%.
A tropical depression heading towards Tokyo will bring much-needed relief from the heat, but it also threatens rain at the closing ceremony on Sunday. However, the forecast for the storm is not yet certain.
Medal table: China leads with 34 gold medals, followed by the United States with 30 and Japan with 22. The Americans topped the overall medal table with 92. China 74 and the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) are in third place. 58
Athletics: This is the final night of the action at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium. The medal events begin at 8:50 pm Tokyo time with the women’s javelin throw, followed by three races: the men’s 5,000m final, followed by the women’s 400m final and the 1,500m final. The night ends with the men’s and women’s 4x100m relay finals.
Basketball: The United States faces Serbia and Japan face France in the women’s semifinals.
Boxing: Julio La Cruz of Cuba fights for his second consecutive Olympic gold against ROC’s Katzimokomoto. La Cruz, who won light heavyweight gold at Rio 2016, has advanced to heavyweight this time around.