The delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics started with a softball game in Fukushima on Wednesday. Japan beat Australia by 8-1 in the first game. Spectators were absent during the game as stringent COVID-19 measures were in place.

      

Tokyo Olympics sports start with a softball game in Fukushima

WHAT?

The delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics started with a softball game in Fukushima.

WHEN?

Wednesday, 21/07/2021

HOW?

Host nation Japan easily beat Australia as the sports programme at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics finally got underway with a softball game in disaster-wracked Fukushima on Wednesday.

Japan's 8-1 victory, in a sport returning to the Olympic fold for the first time since 2008, took place two days before the opening ceremony of the pandemic-delayed Games.

Spectators were absent under the stringent coronavirus measures in place for an Olympics that is facing widespread opposition from the public in Japan, where infections are rising.