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27 July 2021
I've been watching a lot of the Olympics, starting with the 4 a.m. opening ceremonies, the highlight of which was the guy from Tonga. (I'm not sure this was the highlight but it certainly was what a lot of people were talking about.)
I have not yet, so far, watched games from beginning to end, but I have watched a lot of parts of different sports, like women's beach volleyball, which I swear was almost pornographic, their bikinis were so tiny.
There are several stations that are carrying Olympic events, and I found one where they showed bits and pieces of all sorts of events, most of which were things I knew nothing about. Like taekwando.
I�d never seen taekwando before. ROC took bronze. Russia is competing under the name "ROC", which is an acronym for the Russian Olympic Committee. This is due to the fact that Russia was sanctioned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after it was accused of running a state-backed doping program. Russian athletes are allowed to compete in international competitions but they have to do it under a neutral flag.
I also had never seen 3x3 basketball. It was adopted as an Olympic sport in 2014. Games last 10 minutes; they're played on courts that are confined to 49-feet-by-36-feet and there are only 3 on each team. Someone described it as �It�s like pandemonium, like you�re shot out of a cannon.�
It seems so strange to see all these events played to essentially empty venues.
I love equestrian events and was surprised to find that the oldest equestrian competing is Mary Hanna, a 66 year old from Australia. She has four grandchildren and is 54 years older than Tokyo's youngest competitor (12-year-old Syrian table tennis player Hend Zaza). She says she plans to ride in the 2024 Paris Games�if her health and her body allow.
Apparently Hanna is the second oldest competitor, second to Great Britain's Lorna Johnstone, who was 70 in the 1972 equestrian competition.
I'm looking forward to learning about more oddball sports, like fencing, BMX freestyle, canoe slalom, shooting, archery and other sports that I saw bits and pieces of today. There are also five new sports added to the Tokyo Games, baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
This girl played the piano in the opening ceremonies.
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