The Tokyo Olympics open Friday. Here's the latest.
A roundup of the latest stories from Tokyo, plus things to watch:
Jill Biden in Tokyo for Olympic Games, meets prime minister
TOYKO (AP) — Jill Biden embarked on her first solo international trip as first lady, leading a U.S. delegation to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where the coronavirus is surging and COVID-19 infections have climbed to a six-month high.
She arrived in Tokyo on Thursday, and her schedule includes dinner with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife, Mariko Suga, at Akasaka Palace. She is to return to the palace Friday and be hosted by Mariko Suga.
The first lady has a robust agenda for roughly 48 hours on the ground in Japan’s capital.
More of today's headlines. Keep scrolling for full versions of these stories:
- Tommie Smith, John Carlos and Gwen Berry are among the more than 150 athletes, educators and activists who signed a letter Thursday urging the IOC not to punish participants who demonstrate at the Tokyo Games.
- Tokyo hit another six-month high in new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, one day before the Olympics begin, as worries grow of a worsening of infections during the Games. Thursday’s 1,979 new cases are the highest since 2,044 were recorded on Jan. 15.
- The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee fired the director of the opening ceremony on Thursday because of a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998.
- The NBC Olympics executive producer said that the network will not add additional crowd noise to its coverage. The hope is that fans will hear the Games as they haven't been able to before, whether it is the action in the pool during swimming or conversations between competitors and coaches during gymnastics.
Reminders that these Summer Games aren't normal come in the form of the plastic dividers that separate each athlete at tables in the Olympic village dining hall.
FOLLOW THE ATHLETES
TOKYO (AP) — With the Olympics starting Friday, athletes from around the world are in Tokyo, most of them restricted to training and their hot…
FRIDAY'S TV SCHEDULE
All times Eastern
6:55 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Opening Ceremony (LIVE)
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Preview Show
7:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.: Opening Ceremony
2 a.m. - 4 a.m.: Men's Soccer - Mexico vs. France
4 a.m. - 6 a.m.: Men's Soccer - Japan vs. South Africa
6 a.m. - 8 a.m.: Men's Soccer - Brazil vs. Germany
8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Softball - U.S. vs. Italy Softball - U.S. vs. Canada Rowing - Qualifying Heats
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Women's Soccer - China vs. Brazil
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Women's Soccer - Japan vs. Canada
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: Women's Soccer - U.S. vs. Sweden
12 a.m. - 2 a.m.: 3x3 Basketball Archery - Mixed Team Elimination Rounds Women's Water Polo - U.S. vs. Japan (LIVE)
10 p.m. - 2 a.m.: Tennis (LIVE) Men's Singles, First Round Women's Singles, First Round Men's and Women's Doubles, First Round
7:30 p.m. - 2 a.m.: Rowing - Qualifying Heats & Repechages (LIVE) Cycling - Men's Road Race (LIVE)