GOOD MORNING OLYMPIC FANS
Team GB athletes have admitted they are chilled by the ‘scary’ fear of a Covid ping destroying their Olympic dream.
So far five athletes have tested positive for the virus, wrecking their Tokyo 2020 ambitions, with tens more including six GB track and field stars placed in isolation.
Half-miler Daniel Rowden admitted: “It is scary. I felt for all the people in quarantine.
“It’s the Olympic Games, you’ve worked really, really hard and come in really good shape.
“But to be locked in a room takes away from your confidence and preparation. There’s a bit of fear that the same thing could happen to us.
“Those people were on the flight the day before, so there’s trepidation the same thing could happen to people on our flight as well.”
Meanwhile, Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony composer Keigo Oyamada has quit his role with the Games after he boasted of bullying a disabled boy.
The musician, who operates under the moniker Cornelius, made the claims in magazine interviews that led to outrage across Japan.
The 1990s articles resurfaced after he was hired by Tokyo 2020 organisers, and included claims from his time at school of forcing a mentally-disabled classmate to eat his own faeces and masturbate in front of others.
Oyamada, 52, apologised when the interviews re-emerged and has now handed in his resignation from the team creating Friday’s ceremony.
He said: “I have become painfully aware that accepting the offer of my musical participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics lacked consideration to a lot of people.
“I apologise from the bottom of my heart.”
And finally, Tennis hero Naomi Osaka has appeared on the cover of famous American magazine Sports Illustrated ahead of the Olympics.
The 23-year-old is set to make her return to the court following a mid-season break by participating at the Tokyo Games.
Japanese star Osaka has been included on the front cover of the SI Swimsuit issue ahead of competing at her home Olympics.
The SI Swimsuit issue is an annual magazine that features female athletes and celebrities modelling swimwear.
The cover photograph is viewed as prestigious in American culture, with the likes of Ronda Rousey and Alex Morgan featuring in recent years.
SI Swimsuit editor-in-chief MJ Day said: “There’s no question that Naomi is one of the best athletes in the world, and a cover spot felt obvious.
“She’s spent her formative years racking up titles and is headed to the Olympics.
“But we celebrate Naomi for her passion, strength and power geared towards consistently breaking barriers when it comes to equality, social justice, and mental health.”