Tokyo Olympics

Fiji 7s secures second win in Tokyo

Napolioni Bolaca ran straight through the Canadian defense after a scrum inside Fiji’s half for the first try.

Fiji stretched their lead after Jiuta Wainiqolo used his strength from a quick tap two minutes later to score the second try which was converted by Bolaca.

Despite the 14 points deficit, Canada managed to string together a few phases with team effort and at the end, it was captain and the country’s flagbearer at the opening ceremony, Nathan Hirayama who dotted down between the sticks.

The Olympic champions Fiji led 14-7 at halftime.

Fiji gets an early scare but wins opening match at Tokyo Olympics

Japan went into half time leading the Rio Olympic gold medalists.

Fiji started well and withing less than a minute, Jiuta Wainiqolo ran straight through two Japanese defenders to score.

Iosefo Masi scored the team’s second try.

However, just before halftime Japan managed to score a team try through Lote Tuqiri as the hosts led 14-12 at the break.

Another Fijian, Kameli Soejima got Japan further in the lead with an unconverted try just after halftime as they led 19-12.

Rio Olympics gold medalists send message of encouragement to Fiji 7s players

Kolinisau and others sent a message of encouragement to the team.

Fiji 7s Head Coach, Gareth Baber confirmed the video message was put together by former captain Kolinisau.

Baber added it’s very challenging and inspiring to hear from Kolinisau and others.

The national coach said what those players did was unbelievable and their message was timely.

He says we should all be immensely proud of the past players and the legacy they created.

Tongan swimmer Amini Fonua disqualified after event in Tokyo

The Official Olympics website posted the results of the event without any reasons behind the disqualifications.

Team Tonga Swimming Management is expected to release a statement later on today on the issue.

The event was held on Saturday night at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre.

     

Shock golds for Kiesenhofer & Hafnaoui as Osaka & Biles start campaigns

There were also upsets in the tennis, with Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty knocked out, and the taekwondo where Britain's two-time champion Jade Jones lost in the first round.

Even favourite Simone Biles was wobbly in gymnastics qualifying, while golf was robbed of two leading players through positive Covid-19 tests and defending tennis champion Andy Murray pulled out of the men's singles.

And in basketball, the USA had their 25-game winning streak at the Olympics ended by an 81-76 loss to France in their opening game.

Olympics opening ceremony director sacked for Holocaust joke

Footage of Kentaro Kobayashi from the 1990s recently emerged in which he appears to make jokes about the Holocaust.

Japan's Olympic chief Seiko Hashimoto said the video ridiculed "painful facts of history".

The dismissal is the latest in a string of scandals to hit the Games.

Since the start of the year, three other organisers have been forced to step down from Tokyo 2020 - and the games have already been postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Malia Paseka is Tonga’s Flag bearer at the Tokyo Olympics

The 21-year-old will be Tonga's first female Olympian to compete in Taekwondo. 

Paseka qualified early last year by winning gold in the Women's 67kg division at the World Taekwondo Oceania 2020 Olympic Qualifications tournament held in Australia.

She also claimed gold and bronze medals at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa. 

     

Pita Taufatofua honoured to represent Tonga in 3 Olympic sports

The 37-year-old will be representing Tonga in the Tokyo Olympics in taekwondo.

He has previously competed in cross country skiing and sprint kayak 200m.

“I thought I wanted to be the first person in modern history to compete in three different Olympic sports. So we had the taekwondo inside. We had the cross country skiing which is a long distance event out in the snow and then now it was about a short distant evet, the sprint on water.”

The soon to be three time Olympian said it was after his qualification in taekwondo that made him pursue further in other sports.

Olympics chief Toshiro Muto doesn't rule out cancelling Games if Covid-19 cases spike

Asked at a news conference if the global sporting showpiece might still be cancelled, Toshiro Muto said he would keep an eye on infection numbers and liaise with other organisers if necessary.

"We will continue discussions if there is a spike in cases," Muto said.

"We have agreed that based on the coronavirus situation, we will convene five-party talks again. At this point, the coronavirus cases may rise or fall, so we will think about what we should do when the situation arises."

Gareth Baber on the pressure and privilege of coaching Fiji

Llanelli, south Wales. A small town backing on to green hills and a history of heavy industry.

Fiji, South Pacific. An tropical archipelago of palms, white sand and a slower way of life.

Half the globe away, and a world of difference.

But Baber, the Welshman who arrived as Fiji's sevens coach in January 2017, does not feel as far from home as all that.

"I spent a lot of time in Llanelli as a kid, in the pubs, playing pool, knocking about in the lanes outside," he told BBC Sport.