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A 38-year-old left-hander and one of two remaining players from 2008, Osterman pitched one-hit ball over six innings and struck out nine to beat Italy 2-0 on Wednesday in searing heat and wilting humidity as the Olympics got underway.

"Today was about today," she said. "If I use '08 as motivation, then I'm selfish. This is not about me. This is not about a silver medal that happened. This is about this team and allowing these athletes that are younger than me to be able to live out an Olympic dream and hopefully get to that top step on the podium. So today was totally about how are we going to beat Italy and how am I going to help this team get started."

Michelle Moultrie singled in a run in the fourth inning for the top-ranked U.S., which lost the title to Japan 3-1 at the 2008 Beijing Games. Janie Reed added a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

"There's a lot that goes on with just trying to get into a groove of, I've always done this. It's the same game I've always played," said Moultrie, a 31-year-old outfielder who joined the national team in 2011.

"The body doesn't recover as fast," she said. "Coachie likes to remind me sometimes I'm not as flexible, so I have to adjust my pitches a little bit. But I think the biggest thing is my mentality and my competitiveness has stayed the same."

Monica Abbott, a 35-year-old lefty who relieved in the 2008 gold-medal game, struck out the side in the seventh for the save. She might start Thursday morning's game against Canada, part of an entire Olympics played with no fans.

"It's kind of sad that there can't be any spectators, especially no foreign spectators," Abbott said. "This is an event that doesn't happen all the time, so it's disappointing not to have people in the stands -- but also not having Japanese fans when Japan is such a softball-loving country."

Players sweated off pounds on the artificial turf.

"We trained in Midland, Texas, where the turf was 150 degrees," U.S. coach Ken Eriksen said. "So we're prepared for Fukushima at 145 degrees."

Greta Cecchetti, a former pitcher for Texas A&M Corpus Christi, allowed two runs and four hits in four-plus innings for Italy while picking up the loss.

Valerie Arioto led off the fourth with an infield hit up the middle, beating the throw from second baseman Filler. Ali Aguilar sacrificed, and Moultrie grounded a single past Filler and into right field, sending Arioto sliding across the plate.

Alexia Lacatena, an 18-year-old from Stanhope, New Jersey, who will pitch for the University of Kentucky next spring, relieved for Italy and allowed a sacrifice fly to Reed.

Italy's last nine batters were retired in order.

"'08 we didn't have a bad tournament," Osterman said. "We just had a game that didn't go our way."

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Beijing 2022 winter Games will need spectators-IOC

Reuters 21 July, 2021 - 08:10am

TOKYO, July 21 (Reuters) - The Beijing winter Olympics, which start in less than 200 days, will need spectators to be successful, the International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday, the day the Tokyo Games kicked off amid empty stands due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"We would like to have the international community there," said Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr, who heads the IOC's coordination commission, overseeing preparations for the Beijing Games.

"We need very successful Games next year in Beijing. We really need that success for the sake of everybody... for keeping that light of hope really bright and open."

The Beijing Games, set for Feb. 4-20 next year, have yet to launch their ticketing programme, delayed due to the pandemic.

"We need and we want to have spectators," he told an IOC session in the Japanese capital. "We want to have the opportunity for everybody to enjoy the hospitality and enjoy the great Chinese offers," he said.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics were delayed by a year due to the pandemic.

The Games, which officially start on Friday but kicked off with some sports on Wednesday, had sold millions of domestic and international tickets, before all spectators were banned from the Games as cases rise in the Japanese capital, currently in a state of emergency.

There is also concern among the local population that the influx of tens of thousands of Games-related athletes, staff, officials and media could turn the Tokyo Olympics into a super-spreader event.

In a recent poll in the Asahi newspaper, 68% of respondents expressed doubt about the ability of Olympic organisers to control infections, with 55% saying they were opposed to the Games going ahead.

Close to 70 Games-related cases have been reported since July 1 in Japan.

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WHO chief warns that the world is going into the 'early stages of another wave'

CNBC 21 July, 2021 - 08:10am

The world is in the early stages of another wave of Covid-19 infections and death, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday.

Speaking to International Olympic Committee members in Tokyo, Tedros said the global failure to share vaccines, tests and treatments is fueling a "two-track pandemic." Countries that have adequate resources like vaccines are opening up, while others are locking down in a bid to slow the virus' transmission.

Vaccine discrepancies around the world are masking a "horrifying injustice," he added.

"This is not just a moral outrage, it's also epidemiologically and economically self-defeating," Tedros said, adding that the longer the pandemic drags on, the more socioeconomic turmoil it will bring. "The pandemic is a test and the world is failing."

He warned that "19 months into the pandemic, and seven months since the first vaccines were approved, we are now in the early stages of another wave of infections and deaths." Tedros added that the global threat of the pandemic will remain until all countries have a handle on the disease.

The Tokyo Games are set to open Friday after being postponed last year due to the pandemic.

Rising Covid-19 cases in Tokyo have overshadowed the Olympics, which banned all spectators from the games this month after Japan declared a state of emergency.

Cases around the Japanese capital have risen by more than 1,000 new infections daily in recent days. Nationwide, Japan has reported more than 848,000 Covid cases and over 15,000 deaths amid a relatively slow vaccine rollout.

The first positive Covid-19 case hit the athlete's village over the weekend and, so far, more than 70 cases have been linked to the Tokyo Games.

On Wednesday, Tedros said the games are a celebration of "something that our world needs now, more than ever — a celebration of hope." While the pandemic may have postponed the games, he said it has not "defeated them."

Tedros criticized the vaccine discrepancies between wealthy and low-income countries. He said 75% of all vaccine doses — more than 3.5 billion shots — have been administered in just 10 countries while only 1% of people in poorer nations have received at least one shot.

"Vaccines are powerful and essential tools. But the world has not used them well," he said, adding that instead of being deployed widely, the shots have been concentrated in the "hands and arms of the lucky few."

The global health body has called for a massive worldwide push to vaccinate at least 70% of the population in every country by the middle of next year.

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"The pandemic will end when the world chooses to end it. It's in our hands," Tedros said. "We have all the tools we need: we can prevent this disease, we can test for it, and we can treat it."

He called on the world's leading economies to step up by sharing vaccines and funding global efforts to make them more accessible as well as incentivizing companies to scale up vaccine production.

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What are the Tokyo 2020 Olympic athletes thinking now?

Nikkei Asia 19 July, 2021 - 03:00pm

The Tokyo Olympics will kick off on Friday, despite the controversy surrounding COVID-19. What are all the athletes thinking now?

The number one priority will be conditioning. Improving athletic ability dramatically is unlikely at this stage. But what athletes can do is keep themselves in good mental and physical condition so that they can achieve their best performance.

The best technique for maintaining the conditioning required for optimal performance is called peaking. As training necessarily causes damage to the muscles, and athletes cannot perform at their best with even the slightest physical impairment, athletes will need to rest and recover to improve their performance compared to their previous states.

It usually takes between 48 to 72 hours for damaged muscles will recover from training, depending on the age and strength of the individual. It is the same reason why it takes a few days for muscle aches to fade away after training.

All athletes try to train their bodies to be in peak physical condition as they prepare for the Olympics and other major sporting events by going through a routine of ups and downs while training. Those who are good at training their bodies to reach such a level know well what kind of impact training has on their physical well-being.

The other major priority for athletes is to actually achieve their peak performance at the Olympics.

One of the best criteria for judging an athlete's performance is the demonstration rate, which measures the time or results at major events such as Olympics against an athlete's best time or results during the season.

If a sprinter whose best time for the season is 10:00 seconds runs at 9:99 seconds or lower, the demonstration rate will be above 100%. If the sprinter records a time of 10:01 seconds or above, then the demonstration rate will be below 100%. You can say that the demonstration rate is a major factor in judging whether a particular athlete is a clutch player or not.

Still, lifting one's demonstration rate is not an easy thing to do. Physical performance is one thing. It can be measured to some extent, and there are relatively easy ways to strengthen physical performance. But when it comes to evaluating an athlete's mental strength, this is much more complicated because it is so difficult to control what is happening inside a person's mind.

It is up to individual athletes themselves to do whatever is necessary to condition their minds to help them lift the all-important demonstration rate. Speaking from personal experience, what was most important for me to achieve my best performance in competitions was to control my attention span.

As different thoughts keep entering our minds, it is a bit like watching bubbles being created within other bubbles. Athletes not only get nervous. Negative thoughts keep crowding their minds, like "How am I doing today?" or "I feel worse than usual," or "That athlete next to me looks great," and "People will think of me as a choke artist if I lose."

When you are so nervous and anxious about what comes next, you cannot simply bring such mental association to a halt because thinking itself cannot be controlled.

The best way for me to try to influence my thoughts was to focus my attention on something and hopefully stop myself from thinking the kind of negative thoughts that can reduce performance. With exercises such as standing in front of a wall, I would focus my attention on a stain on the wall. Whenever I stood at the starting line at a major event, I would pick out a spot in the stadium and stare at it as hard as I could.

Not that it is so easy to simply stare, either. I might start to have distracting thoughts, such as "Why that guy is wearing long sleeves in this heat?"

But after noticing things like that, I tried to rally my concentration and then was able to keep focusing my attention, limit negative thought association and stop feeling anxious. After all, anxiety is just a figment of the imagination. People do not get anxious as long as they focus on the work at hand.

When people are able to achieve complete concentration, they fall into a state called the zone, where the line between thinking deliberately about each move and allowing your body to move automatically completely dissolves. I myself have experienced this state, where my conscious mind recedes and the unconscious mind takes over, only a few times in my life.

At big sporting events like the Olympics, athletes have similar levels of physical abilities. Therefore, ranks are determined depending on their body condition and their ability to achieve their best performance when it counts. Learning how to deal with yourself in such an extreme state will dramatically help to improve your understanding of the situation.

What the Tokyo 2020 athletes are about to see and talk about at the Olympics is similar to what astronauts talk about what they describe what they saw from space.

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