TORONTO: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has allowed lactating athletes to take their babies to Tokyo. The world’s apex sports body took this decision at the request of Canadian basketball player Kim Goucher, who breastfeeds her newborn daughter. Goucher made an emotional appeal to the Internet media to take her three-month-old daughter Sophie to Tokyo.
Goucher, 37, who lives in Misson, British Columbia, said she had only two options after the IOC’s earlier decision not to play in the Olympics or to spend 28 days without her daughter in Tokyo. “We welcome so many mothers to be able to compete in top-level competitions, including the Olympic Games,” the IOC said in a statement. We are pleased to learn that the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee has come up with a specific solution regarding Japan’s admission of lactating athletes and their babies.’
Confusion continues over the entry of spectators in the Olympics
Tokyo, AP. With only three weeks left for the Olympics to begin, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has no answer on whether spectators will be allowed to enter amid rising cases of coronavirus. Amidst the ever-increasing corona cases in Tokyo, it is feared that the epidemic will spread further from the Olympics. Experts have warned that the highly contagious delta variant could significantly increase the infection rate and may even lead to an emergency during sports. Suga said, ‘I have said that the Olympics can be held without spectators. We will take the decision keeping the safety of the people paramount.
Coco Gauff and Jennifer Brady on US Olympic Tennis Team
Wimbledon, AP. Coco Gough and Jennifer Brady will lead the US tennis team at the Tokyo Olympic Games after Serena Williams and Sofia Kenin withdrew. The players who have been included in the squad for the Tokyo Olympic Games include 17-year-old Coco Gough in women’s singles, Australian Open runners-up Brady, Jessica Pegula and Alison Riske, while men’s singles Tommy Paul, Francis Tiafoe, tennis Sandgren and Marcos Giron.
Williams sisters Serena and Venus will not participate in the Olympics this time. Nine medals are registered in the name of both of them in this Khel Mahakumbh. Australian Open champion Kenin has also decided not to play in the Olympics. The top four US men’s players in the ATP rankings, Reilly Opelka, Jan Isner, Taylor Fritz and Sebastian Korda, have also decided not to participate in the Olympics. Sam Querrey, ranked sixth among American players, has also decided not to be a part of these games.