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Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev - the world's top two men's tennis players - led calls to Tokyo Olympic organisers on Saturday to move matches to the late afternoon for the rest of the competition to save players from the stifling conditions. World No. 2 Medvedev suggested moving all matches to the evening and found support from Serbia's top-ranked Djokovic. "I agree with him 100%," Djokovic said after finishing off his first-round match on the Centre Court of Ariake Tennis Park in an hour.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday (24 July) reported 130 new cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 64,054.
Airline flights were canceled in eastern China and cargo ships were ordered out of the area Saturday as Typhoon In-fa churned toward the mainland after dumping rain on Taiwan. In-fa was forecast to hit the coast of Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai, on Sunday afternoon or evening, the provincial weather department announced. The storm had sustained winds of 155 kph (95 mph) with gusts up to 191 kph (120 mph) as it moved northwest away from Taiwan, the island’s weather bureau reported.
China shut down ports and railways on Saturday as it braced for Typhoon In-Fa as parts of the country struggled to recover from devastating floods earlier this week.
Not even Alexander Hendrickx knew he could score like that. The Belgium defender knocked in three goals during a five-minute stretch late in the third quarter Saturday to help his team beat the Netherlands 3-1 in the men’s Olympic field hockey tournament. “Maybe in the youths, but definitely not in the Belgian national team,” Hendrickx said of his goal-scoring outburst.
The Olympics handed out 37 medals in Day 1. None of them went to Americans.
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Japan's Kohei Uchimura, one of the most decorated gymnasts in the sport's history, fell during a routine on Saturday, likely ending his legendary Olympic run.
China's Wang Shuang scored four goals including a late penalty as the Asian side grabbed a 4-4 draw with Zambia in the Olympics women's soccer tournament at Rifu's Miyagi Stadium on Saturday after Babra Banda netted her second hat-trick in as many games. Zambia, thrashed 10-3 by the Netherlands in their Group F opener, found themselves down 3-0 after first-half strikes by Wang and in real danger of another big defeat, but responded through a Banda penalty and Racheal Kundananji's goal.
Hosts Japan began their men's volleyball campaign with a straight sets win over Venezuela while Italy fought back from two sets down to seal a remarkable victory against Canada in their Pool A openers at an empty Ariake Arena on Saturday. Japan's Yuki Ishikawa (15 points) and 19-year-old Ran Takahashi (11 points) led from the front with a barrage of spikes while Akihiro Yamauchi was in inspired form at the net to seal a 25-21 25-20 25-15 victory. At 16-16 in the opening set, Yamauchi made three blocks on consecutive points to give Japan the lead.
Djokovic continued pursuit of his "Golden Slam" by dominating his opponent, who has an interesting story in his own right.
An San and teenager Kim Je Deok paired up to lead South Korea to a gold medal in the Olympic debut of archery’s mixed team event at the Tokyo Games. On a sizzling Saturday at the Yumenoshima Park Archery Field, they held off Gabriela Schloesser and Steve Wijler of the Netherlands by a tally of 5-3 to bring home yet another archery gold for South Korea. The country has now captured 14 of 17 gold medals in archery team competitions since the current format was introduced to the Olympics in 1988.
Fridolina Rolfo scored a pair of goals and Sweden won its second straight match in the group stage of the women's Olympic soccer tournament with a 4-2 victory over Australia on Saturday. Sweden, sitting atop Group G, opened the Tokyo Games with a 3-0 victory over the United States. Rolfo scored on a cross from Sofia Jakobsson to give Sweden the early lead against the Matlidas in the 20th minute.
Wang Shuang scored four goals, including an 83rd-minute equalizer from the penalty spot, to give China a 4-4 draw with Zambia on Saturday in the group stage of the women's Olympic soccer competition. Barbra Banda scored three goals for Zambia, her second hat trick in as many games for a team making its first Olympic appearance. Wang scored in the sixth minute to give China the early lead, but Racheal Kundananji tied it for Zambia in the 15th.
The International Olympic Committee has been told to give back Russian weightlifting chief Maxim Agapitov's accreditation for the Tokyo Olympics, days after it stripped him of access to the Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled on Saturday. The IOC on July 16 had taken back the accreditation it had issued to him last month, saying Agapitov's anti-doping rule violation dating back to his time as an athlete in 1994 disqualified him from being in Tokyo.
Koji Abe has never been to a football match before, but on Saturday he'll see his first and become one of the few in Japan to watch the Olympics in person.
Former world number four Kiki Bertens bid farewell to her career as a singles tennis player on Saturday after a tough three-set defeat to Marketa Vondrousova in the first round of the Tokyo Olympics. Bertens, who will end her career as the 21st-ranked player, told Reuters she had no regrets about bringing the curtains down, having made the decision in part due to a lingering Achilles injury for which she underwent surgery last year. In her best showing at a Grand Slam, Bertens reached the semifinals of the 2016 French Open before losing to Serena Williams.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed a new-three year deal, the Premier League club announced on Saturday.
The Tokyo Olympics will go down in history as a Games almost devoid of spectators, but cycling fans on Saturday got the rare chance to see the athletes in person on the first day of full-fledged competition. With the Japanese capital in its fourth COVID-19 state of emergency as infections surge, the organisers this month banned spectators https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/japan-set-declare-state-emergency-tokyo-area-through-aug-22-minister-2021-07-08 from all but a handful of stadiums and asked the public https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/tokyo-organisers-ask-public-stay-away-road-cycling-triathlon-events-2021-07-09 to stay away https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/japan-arranging-opening-ceremony-without-spectators-except-vips-paper-2021-07-06 from cycling, marathon and other outdoor events.
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