The five Olympic rings are back in Tokyo Bay.
They were removed for maintenance four months ago shortly after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The rings arrived on Tuesday after a short cruise from nearby Yokohama and are positioned on a barge in the shadow on Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge.
The rings — painted blue, black, red, green, and yellow — are gigantic. They stand about 15 meters tall and 33 meters in length — about 50 feet tall and 100 feet in length.
The rings will be lighted at night and herald the coming of the Tokyo Olympics, which are to open on July 23, 2021, followed by the Paralympics on Aug. 24.
The rings made their first appearance early in 2020, just a few months before the Olympics were postponed late in March.
The reappearance of the rings is the latest sign that organizers and the International Olympic Committee are increasingly confident that 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes can safely enter Japan during the pandemic.
These Olympics are sure to be like no other.
They will hinge partly on the availability of vaccines and rapid testing for COVID-19, and on athletes and other participants following strict rules that could involve quarantines, a limited number of fans in venues, and athletes leaving Japan shortly after they finish their competitions.
Organizers have been vague about exactly how the Olympics will be held. Plans are in flux with dozens of COVID-19 countermeasures being floated involving athletes, fans, and tens of thousands of officials, judges, VIPs, and media and broadcasters.
Protocols should become clearer early in 2021 when decisions must be made about permitting fans from abroad, which will affect revenue from ticket sales.
The meter continues to run on billions in costs, with Japanese taxpayers picking up most of the bills. Reports in Japan this week say the cost of the postponemen t is about $3 billion.
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A nightmarish batting display while chasing a moderate total of 146, Beximco Dhaka suffered their third consecutive defeat in the ongoing Bangabandhu T20 League on to Gemon Khulna by 37 runs on Monday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Dhaka captain Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and sent Khulna bat first who posted 146 for eight in 20 overs. In reply, Dhaka lost three wickets before scoring 20 runs and eventually ended up embarrassingly bowled out for 109 in 19.2 overs.
Top three batsmen of Dhaka— Tanzid Hasan, Mohammad Naim and Robiul Islam Robi— scored 4, 1 and 4 respectively. Dhaka failed to recover from this early damage.
In the fourth wicket stand, Mushfiqur and Yasir Ali posted 57 runs to the board. But it was not enough for them to stay alive in the race. Yasir fell for 21 off 29 balls, and Mushfiqur followed him scoring 37 off 35 balls.
Hasan Mahmud broke this partnership removing Yasir Ali while Shuvagata Hom trapped Mushfiqur prompting him to go for a sweep. Shamim Hossain took an easy catch at square leg to remove Mushfiqur. Akbar Ali (4), Nayeem Hasan (3) and Nasum Ahmed (7) have little to save the game for Dhaka.
Shuvagata and Shahidul Islam bagged three wickets each conceding 13 and 30 runs respectively.
Earlier, despite the poor batting display from Anamul Haque (5), Shakib Al Hasan (11), Jahurul Islam (4), Khulna posted 146 riding on the bats of Imrul Kayes (29), Mahmudullah Riyad (45) and Ariful Haque (19).
Rubel scalped three for Dhaka while the debutant Shafiqul Islam took two and Nasum and Nayeem bagged one each.
Two brilliant hat-tricks by Arpita and Soumiya guided Magura District to crush Satkhira by 8-0 goals in a final round match of the JFA U-14 National Women's Football Championship at the Muktijoddha Smriti Stadium in Rajshahi on Monday.
Arpita scored the day's first hat-trick scoring four goals in total in the 16th, 31st, 36th and 38th minutes while Soumiya completed another hat-trick scoring three goals in the 1st, 20th and 58th minutes. Nabiron netted the other goal in the 24th minute.
Earlier in the day's first match, hosts Rajshahi played out a 1-1 draw with Narayanganj at the same venue.
Shankaranth Bala put the home team ahead in the 37th minute while Enni equalised the score in the 42nd minute.
Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque has been ruled out of the ongoing Bangabandhu T20 Cup with a finger injury.
The chief physician of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed that the batsman will have to be sidelined for at least three to four weeks.
Mominul was representing Gazi Group Chattogram in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup. The southpaw suffered a blow on his right thumb on November 28 while playing Chattogram’s second game in the event against Gemcon Khulna.
“I went through a scan and a fracture was found on my right thumb. So, I've to stay out of the game for at least three to four weeks,” Mominul told the media.
The fresh injury cast doubt over Mominul’s participation in the home series against West Indies. However, the chief selector of BCB Minhajul Abedin believes that Bangladesh’s Test captain will have enough time to recover.
“I don’t think it’s the right time to rule out Mominul from West Indies series. We're yet to know whether he needs surgery. I think he'll have enough time before the Test series,” Minhajul told the media on Monday.
Mominul played two games in Bangabandhu T20 Cup and remained unbeaten for 5 and 8. In both games, Chattogram registered big wins by nine wickets.
The Bangabandhu Unimed UniHealth Premier Division Basketball League 2020 begins on Tuesday (Dec 1) at the Dhanmondi wooden floor gymnasium.
President of Bangladesh Basketball Federation Dr Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin, who is also the president of Bangladesh Medical Association, will inaugurate the meet.
Deputy Managing Director of the meet's sponsor Unimed UniHealth Pharmaceutical Ltd Nazmul Hossain will be the special guest on the occasion.
Three matches will be held on the opening Day.
Hornets SC will play Bakshibazar SC at 11am.
Rangers SC will face Old DOHS SC at 3pm while Dhumketu Club will meet Josephites Club at 4:30pm.