Competitions begin in Tokyo Games, Japan beat Australia in softball

Competitions begin in Tokyo Games, Japan beat Australia in softball

Fukushima (Japan). Hosts Japan made a winning start as they thrashed Australia 8-1 in a one-sided softball encounter on Wednesday at the Tokyo Olympics after a year's delay . The match was held in an almost completely empty stadium. Fans are banned from entering the stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic.

These games were postponed last year due to the pandemic. The match between Japan and Australia was played in a stadium with a capacity of 30,000 spectators but during this time only about 50 spectators were present, including team and Olympic officials and media persons. Japan is defending the gold medal won by defeating the United States in softball at the 2008 Beijing Games. Softball and baseball were dropped from the 2012 and 2016 Games, but both have returned at the Tokyo Games. They will not find a place in the 2024 Paris Games but are expected to be included in the 2028 Los Angeles Games.


Indian equestrian Fawad Mirza finished 22nd after the cross country round

Indian equestrian Fawad Mirza finished 22nd after the cross country round

Tokyo. Fawad Mirza Ravivar , the only Indian to compete in equestrian in more than two decades at the Olympics after the cocross country event 11 . He finished 22nd with 20 penalty points. He and his horse Signor Medicott could finish in the top 25 if they do well in the individual show jumping qualifiers on Monday. With this they will make it to the finals of the individual category of Eventing Jumping to be held in the evening. Mirza's total 39. There are 20 penalty points. He completed the country run in just eight minutes.

In the equestrian crosscountry individual category, a competitor must complete the course in seven minutes and 45 seconds to reduce the time penalty. The lower the penalty, the higher the equestrian will be in the points table. Mirza and Signor started late due to a technical problem, due to which they got 11. Got 20 penalty points. He was ninth in the dressage round after a stellar performance. He got 28 penalty points in that. Now he has to move to show jumping, in which if he finishes in the top 25, he will make it to the eventing jumping final. Britain's Oliver Townend is at the top with a total of 23 . There are 60 penalty points. Britain's Laura Collett is second and Germany's Julia Krajewski third.