The delayed Tokyo Olympics got under way a year late on Wednesday with victory for Japan's women's softball team over Australia in Fukushima.
The coronavirus pandemic is still casting a long shadow over the Games despite the postponement and an opening event that was supposed to provide a boost to Fukushima a decade after its nuclear disaster was played in an empty arena.
But it was a winning start nonetheless for the hosts, who emerged 8-1 victors after five innings.
Japan won gold the last time softball was in the Olympics in 2008 and will be targeting a repeat, with the sport not on the roster for the Paris Games in 2024.
The Opening Ceremony is not until Friday but both the softball and women's football programmes began today.
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Meanwhile, a Chilean taekwondo competitor has become the first athlete to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19, officials said.
Fernanda Aguirre had travelled to Japan from Uzbekistan, where she had been preparing for the Games, but tested positive on arrival.
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