FOOTBALL: Mixed Results for African Teams
Second day of action with a look at the African teams continued with football as three teams were in action across different centres.
Hosts Japan, who are looking to better their result in the history of the games after bagging a bronze medal at the 1968 Games in Mexico, defeated South Africa 1-0 as Takefusa Kubo who plays for Real Madrid scored the only goal of the game in the 71st minute.
The match was given a clearance to go ahead after enough South African players had cleared Covid-19 protocols before the game.
According to FIFA, at least 13 players must be registered from each side for a match to be played and players deemed close contacts at the Olympics need to test negative within six hours of the start of a match in order to take part.
South Africa will next meet France who lost 4-1 to Mexico in another Group A.
Elsewhere, Egypt put in a good shift defensively as they held 1992 gold medal winners Spain to a goalless situation to earn a point.
The Young Pharaohs will hope to raise its game when they tackle Argentina next – The Argentines had shockingly lost 2-0 to the Socceroos of Australia in another group game.
Meanwhile, Cote d’Ivoire recorded the only win of all three as they defeated Saudi Arabia 2-1 in a game that was dominated by the Asians with Franck Kessie of AC Milan scoring the winner. The Ivorians will next tackle defending champions Brazil on Sunday.
ROWING: Nigeria Begins Quest for Medals
The first Nigerian athlete to compete in Tokyo will be in action on Friday as Rowing begins. Esther Toko will compete in the heats of women’s Single Sculls. The last Nigerian to compete in this event, was Chierika Ukogu who competed at the Rio 2016 Games.
GUINEA Makes a U-Turn
Following an earlier withdrawal from the Games by the government on Wednesday citing “the rise in cases of Covid-19 variants”, Guinea has now reversed the decision according to the Sports Minister Sanoussy Bantama Sow.
The Guinean delegation which features five competitors will have one of its competitors begin a chase for a podium finish in swimming on Sunday. North Korea had in April pulled out of the games citing Covid concerns.
ATHLETICS: Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor Pulls Out of the Games
One of the East African nation’s medal hopefuls, Geoffrey Kamworor has expressed his disappointment after pulling out of the Olympics with an ankle injury. The 28-year-old had impressed at the Kenyan championships last month to secure his Tokyo qualification.