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Team AFT is pleased to put together daily sports updates from Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021 (23 July – 8 August) & Paralympic Games (24 August – 5 September) with a focus on athletes from the Asia Pacific region.


Latest news:

25/7/2021: Medal tally as of today, with APAC countries pinned

25/7/2021: Aussie Swim Team brings home Gold, Silver & Bronze medals & a world record Women’s 4x100m

The Dolphins clocked in at 3:29:69, smashing the World Record. The Aussies won Olympic gold in London 2012 and Rio 2016 and at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games.

In the Men’s 400m Freestyle, Australian Jack McLoughlin came second to Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui, while bronze went to American Kieran Smith.

Dolphin Brendon Smith won bronze in the men’s 400m individual medley.

24/7/2021: Naohisa Takato brings home Japan’s first GOLD medal in the men’s -60kg judo.

Silver goes to Yang Yung-wei of Taiwan and bronze to Yeldos Smetov of Kazakhstan and Luka Mkheidze of France.


24/7/2021: Panipak Wongpattanakit of Team Thailand wins GOLD at the Women’s -49kg Taekwondo category on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Makuhari Messe Hall in Chiba, Japan.

Spain’s Adriana Cerezo Iglesias brought home the silver while bronze went to Israel’s Abishag Semberg and Serbia’s Tijana Bogdanovic.

Photo: IG @timindonesiaofficial

24/7/21: Congratulations team Indonesia – women’s weightlifting (49KG) Windy Cantikah Aisah for winning the first medal for ASEAN nations.

She registered a total lift of 194kg, with a snatch of 84kg and a clean and jerk of 110kg, coming in third place after India (silver) and China (gold).

24/7/21: China picks up the first gold medal at the Olympic Games

On the first day of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, YANG Qian, 21, from the People’s Republic of China, won the first gold medal of the Games in the 10m air rifle.

IOC president Thomas Bach presented Yang with her gold medal, as well as silver to Anastasiia Galashina from ROC and the bronze to Switzerland’s Nina Christen, but due to COVID-19 countermeasures in these unique Games, they collected their own medals from a tray and placed it around their own necks.

23/7/21: IOC President Thomas Bach delivers opening speech

This feeling of togetherness – this is the light at the end of the dark tunnel. 

The pandemic forced us to be apart. To keep our distance from each other. To stay away even from our loved ones. This separation made this tunnel so dark.

But today, wherever in the world you may be, we are united in sharing this moment together. The Olympic flame makes this light shine brighter for all of us…” Source: IOC

23/7/21: Indonesia to launch bid to host Olympic Games in 2036

Indonesia, which is the world’s fourth most populous country with more than 270 million people, is trying to become only the fourth Asian country to host the Games after Japan, China and South Korea. Source: The Star

23/7/21: Animated short film “Tomorrow’s Leaves” releases worldwide today

Commissioned by the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage (OFCH), and produced by the Academy Award-nominated Yoshiaki Nishimura of Studio Ponoc, the film provides a fresh perspective on the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. Source: IOC

21/7/21: The Youth Olympic Games on track

Gangwon 2024 draws upon the successful delivery of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, and aims to continue their vision of bringing winter sport to a new generation of athletes.

Dakar 2026 – The postponement of the Dakar Youth Olympic Games from 2022 to 2026 will strengthen the mobilisation of young people in the organisation. 

21/7/21: IOC elects Brisbane 2032 as Olympic and Paralympic host

International Olympic Committee Members today voted to elect Brisbane 2032 as host of the Games of the XXXV Olympiad. Brisbane received 72 yes and 5 no votes from 77 valid votes.

Brisbane 2032 © IOC / Greg Martin
© IOC / Greg Martin

20/7/21: IOC Session welcomes Refugee Olympic Team Tokyo 2020.

The members of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team (EOR) Tokyo 2020 were welcomed today by the IOC Session. Athlete representative Yiech Pur Biel addressed the IOC Members on behalf of the team. Biel competed at the first Refugee Olympic Team Rio 2016. He said, “My experience of being part of the Refugee Olympic Team changed my life. It opened up opportunities for me, such as joining the Olympic Refuge Foundation as a Board member, becoming a Goodwill Ambassador for the UNHCR and moving to train and live in the United States of America. I would never have thought that my dreams would become a reality when living in the Kakuma refugee settlement in northern Kenya. Most importantly, I can now call myself an Olympian, which makes me proud every day.”


Constellation of drones form globe at Tokyo opening ceremony – Source: Reuters
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Evolution of Diving at the Olympics! Source: IOC Channel
India’s Top Pistol Shooter Manu Bakher | Jee Jaan Se – Source: IOC Channel

Official Games Schedule

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021 competition schedule features a 33 sports, 339 medal events held across 42 venues. The Games will open on 23 July 2021 and close on 8 August.

21 July: Actual competition starts two days before the Opening Ceremony with softball in Fukushima – in line with the Games’s theme of recovery.

24 July: The first medals of the Games are awarded on 24 July in the women’s 10m air rifle shooting event. 11 medal events takes place today including judo, the sport in which Japan normally wins their first medal of an Olympics. New sport, 3×3 basketball will take court.

25 July: Skateboarding (street) & surfing.

31 July: “Super Saturday” features 21 medal events, four debut games: the 4×400 mixed relay in athletics, judo mixed team, triathlon mixed relay, and shooting trap mixed team.

1 August: “Golden Sunday” will see 25 gold medals given out, including the men’s 100m in athletics as well as four artistic gymnastics events. The men’s tennis singles final is also on the cards.

3 August: Sport climbing

5 August: Karate

7 August: Tokyo 2020 peaks today with 34 medal events being held, such as the women’s marathon in Sapporo and the finals for baseball, men’s basketball, football and volleyball.

Source: Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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Compiled & updated by the team at PRNewsGIG by GoInternationalGroup.

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