Tokyo – There are more problems for the troubled. The director of the opening ceremonies was fired just hours before the start of the show. And despite reports that the , officials said they are “currently proceeding as planned.”
United States teamtrained with none of the usual spectators in place on Thursday due to . While she was mostly successful in holding her landings, Biles said she didn’t know how she would fare in real competition without the energy of a live crowd.
There is more thanin people linked to the Games. American volleyball player Taylor Crabb and four other American athletes have been ruled out by positive COVID tests.
“After taking all the precautions, being vaccinated and following the protocols, I tested positive for COVID-19,” Crabb announced on Instagram on Thursday. “I’m symptom-free, thankfully, but deeply disappointed that I can’t join Jake on the sand and compete as a member of the United States squad. I have faced adversity before and will face it. new, but it doesn’t. don’t take the sting out of the situation. “
Meanwhile, the first ladyarrived in Tokyo ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony, as the city recorded another round of nearly 2,000 new daily cases alone – a six-month record.
But the virus in circulation is not the only problem at these Games. As preparations for the opening extravaganza continued, the event’s creative director wasafter a video from a 1998 comedy sketch surfaced in which he mocked the Holocaust. Two other senior Japanese Olympic officials had previously been sent off in separate controversies.
The President of the Olympic Organizing Committee, Seiko Hashimoto, on Thursday expressed his “sincere apologies for the inconvenience and concern this situation has caused to many involved”.
New York Times Tokyo bureau chief Motoko Rich covered the scandals.
“The organizers are probably hoping, like ‘yes, yes, to win some medals so that we can distract from all these scandals,'” said Rich.
CBS News has learned that USA Gymnastics has decided to stay in its own hotel rather than moving to the. A spokesperson for the team said that had always been the plan.