Olympics 2021: New COVID-19 cases in Tokyo surge to six-month high one week out from Games

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Will there be an opening ceremony for the 2021 Olympics?

The 2021 Olympic Games will begin on Friday, July 23 with the Olympic opening ceremony. That will occur at 7 a.m. ET on Friday while it will occur at 8 p.m. local time in Tokyo. For those that don't want to get up early, the event will be re-broadcast Friday night in prime-time starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Sporting NewsWhen do the Olympics start? Opening ceremony date, time, schedule for 2021 Tokyo Games

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What time is the opening ceremony? The opening ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. local time on Friday, July 23, at the National Stadium in Tokyo. This translates to 7 a.m. ET. USA TODAYWhat we know about the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics

Olympic Horses arrive in Tokyo! #Tokyo2020

FEI 15 July, 2021 - 05:35pm

Hundreds of horses fly into Tokyo for equestrian competition

Reuters 15 July, 2021 - 10:01am

They will compete with their riders in the three equestrian disciplines dressage, jumping and eventing - the only Olympic sports where men and women compete individually on equal terms.

The horses, each weighing from 510-630 kg, travel in pairs in special flying stables at a fairly chilly 16 degrees Celsius and are accompanied by grooms and veterinarians.

Such an airlift requires specialists. The transport agents in charge of the animals, Peden Bloodstock, have organised Olympic and Paralympic horse transport since 1960.

But it is the first time Tokyo's Haneda airport has handled a full cargo of horses, each worth a fortune.

"These are not simply horses, they are Olympic horses”, said Takahashi Koji, administrator of Tokyo International Airport.

"It’s a really big night for the airport, and particularly for the cargo team, and we see it as one of the major milestones of the final countdown to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games."

This year's first Olympics flight from Europe carried 36 horses from Belgium via Dubai to Tokyo on an 18 hour journey - thankfully horses sleep standing up - also transporting 12,000 kg of feed and 13,500 kg of horse equipment.

The flight included some of the sport's stars, such as mare Bella Rose, the horse on which Germany's Isabell Werth, the most decorated Olympic equestrian athlete of all time, will compete.

All horses underwent a 60-day health surveillance period and a seven-day quarantine before the flight.

That was especially important this year after the world of equestrian sports had to battle two diseases in recent months -- the novel coronavirus affecting the riders and the equine herpes virus attacking the horses. read more

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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Thursday there was "zero" risk of Games participants infecting Japanese residents with COVID-19, as cases hit a six-month high in the host city.

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