Tokyo 2020 Olympics LIVE: Team GB star Amber Hill tests POSITIVE for Covid-19, Brisbane confirmed as 2032 host – updates

THE Olympics have finally started!

Action from Japan started today, with Team GB's women defeating Chile 2-0 in their football opener.

But there are still huge issues with coronavirus engulfing the Games, with Tokyo 2020 chief Toshiro Muto admitting there could be a last-minute cancellation.

And Team GB medal hope Amber Hill is OUT of the Games after testing positive before boarding the plane to Japan.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    GAMES OVER

    Countries spend fortunes preparing for Olympics.

    And when the show's over, what often gets left behind isn't a pretty picture.

    SunSport reveals what some of the venues look like now, including one former athletes' village in Turin that is now a refugee camp.

    TAKE A LOOK HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    STREAM GB

    The BBC has broadcast every summer Olympics since the 1948 London Games — but this time there are new boys in town.

    Over the next three cycles, Eurosport will become the new home of the Olympics in the UK following a £920million pan-European rights deal.

    If you have a Freeview box, then you can still watch live action and highlights from the Tokyo Games on BBC One and Two.

    But if you are prepared to splash the cash, then subscription broadcasters Eurosport will show 445 hours of live action on two channels across the 17 days between 12am and 3pm UK time.

  • Anthony Chapman

    GAME OF MOANS

    Team GB are set to record their worst medal haul since Athens 2004 at this summer's Olympics, a supercomputer has predicted.

    Sporting Index reckons the British stars currently in Tokyo will manage to cobble together just 45 medals, with 15 of those gold.

    That would be the worst tally since Athens 2004 when Team GB won just 30 medals.

    Team GB haven't won fewer than 50 since Greece, also bagging 51 – including 19 golds – at Beijing 2008.

    However, 45 would still be a huge improvement on Athens, as well as Sydney 2000 (28) and Atlanta 1996 (15).

  • Anthony Chapman

    HACKED

    Thousands of login IDS and passwords of people who purchased tickets for the Tokyo Olympics have been leaked on the internet.

    A government official confirmed today that the same information for Paralympic ticket buyers and also those who had used a volunteer portal for the Summer Games have been leaked online as well.

    The official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, added that the organising committee had launched an investigation into the matter.

  • Joshua Mbu

    'WE GOT OUR ASSES KICKED'

    US superstar Megan Rapinoe admitted “we got our asses kicked” as the World Cup winners were left stunned and shocked, writes MARTIN LIPTON.

    One in each half from Stina Blackstenius and third from Lina Hurtig sent the Americans tumbling to only the sixth defeat by three or more in their history.

    It was a hige upset to kick off the tournament and second half sub Rapinoe conceded: “We were tight and nervous, doing dumb stuff. We just didn’t play well.”

    American Coach Vlatko Andonovski agreed: “We are in a big hole – and we are the only ones who can get ourselves out of it.”

    The US, previously unbeaten in 44 games since January 2019,  must beat New Zealand on Saturday or face a humiliating early exit and Andonovski added: “Of course we didn’t expect it. This team doesn’t expect to lose at all, let alone 3-0.”

    Blackstenius said: “I have joy and an incredible pride in what we’ve achieved. It’s the best match we’ve ever played.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    BRIS IS OUR MOMENT

    Brisbane will host the 2032 Summer Olympic Games, it's been announced.

    It is the third time Australia will stage the Games following Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

  • Joshua Mbu

    TOKYO DREAM DASHED

    Amber Hill, 23, is the third brit to contact coronavirus – after Jo Konta and Dan Evans – before flying to Japan.

    Hill was one of Team GB's medal hopefuls.

  • Matt Penn

    NO WORDS

    Amber Hill is devastated.

    “There are no words to describe how I’m feeling right now,” she has said.

    “After five years of training and preparation, I’m absolutely devastated to say that last night I received a positive Covid-19 test, meaning I’ve had to withdraw from Team GB’s shooting team.

    “Although I don’t have any symptoms, I will now isolate as per the Government guidance.

    “I would like to wish the best of luck to all of Team GB who are out in Tokyo, especially the shooting team who have supported me massively throughout my career.

    “I will be back from this, but right now I need some time to reflect and take in what has happened.”

    Credit: PA
  • Joshua Mbu

    BREAKING: HILL'S TOKYO DREAM OVER

    Team GB's Amber Hill has withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19.

    The 23-year-old was set to compete in the Women's Skeet, and Hill was a finalist back in 2016 at the Rio Olympics.

    But the No1 ranked athlete's hopes of gunning for gold at the Olympic Games are over, for now.

    Credit: GETTY IMAGES
  • Joshua Mbu

    WATER FRIGHT

    Team GB have been reassured the water in Tokyo Bay will be clean and clear, writes ROB MAUL.

    A foul odour has been reported at the venue for triathletes and open-water swimmers and concerns have been raised about possible elevated levels of the dangerous E.coli bacteria.

    Heavy rain is forecast in Tokyo from next Tuesday and it has been reported there could be the risk of a sewage leakage into the bay.

    The foul smell often occurs at the bay after a downpour, as the antiquated sewage system – over 100 years old – becomes over run and spills out into the river which runs into Odaiba Marine Park.

    The Odaiba Marine Park is set to be used on July 26, 27 and 31 for the triathlon, with the 10km marathon swim to go ahead on August 4 and 5.

    Fox Sports claim athletes have held private discussions at the Tokyo 2020 Village, sharing their fears over the appalling smell and root cause.

  • Joshua Mbu

    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL

    Lots of women's football on today, and most importantly, Team GB got off to a winning start:

    • Team GB 2-0 Chile FT
    • Brazil 5-0 China FT
    • Sweden 3-0 United States FT
    • Japan 0-1 Canada HT
    • Zambia 0-0 Netherlands '2
    • Australia vs New Zealand 12.30pm KO

    'BAD TASTE'

    Olympic star Ona Carbonell has hit out at Tokyo 2020 organisers for banning her baby from the Games while she is breastfeeding, writes WILLIAM PUGH.

    The Spanish synchronised swimming captain has been barred from taking one-year-old Kai along and blasted being 'made to choose' between family and her lifelong Olympic dream.

    Despite many Olympic athletes requesting to take their children to the Japanese capital, the lack of facilities and Covid regulations means it has not been possible.

    Carbonell, 31, is the captain of the Spanish synchronised swimming team and gave birth to son Kai a year ago.

    And after being barred from taking the youngster along, the London 2012 silver medallist hit out at Games chiefs in a video posted on social media.

    She said: "When I gave birth to Kai and saw that I was getting fit and that I could make it to the Tokyo Games, the first thing I did was ask if I could take him because I was breastfeeding him, and they told me no.

    "A few weeks ago, some athletes said on social media that it is a difficult situation having to choose between breastfeeding and family considerations and the Olympic Games."

    FT: TEAM GB 2-0 CHILE

    A routine win for the GB side who really could and should have won by more.

    An Ellen White double was enough to get the Olympics off to a flying start for the whole Team GB Olympics squad.

    FT: TEAM GB 2-0 CHILE

    A routine win for the GB side who really could and should have won by more.

    An Ellen White double was enough to get the Olympics off to a flying start for the whole Team GB Olympics squad.

    TEAM GB 2-0 CHILE

    That SHOULD be that!

    Parris has the ball inside the box and does well to pick out Bronze outside the area.

    She drifts by a challenge and clips a ball to the back post where White acrobatically volleys home from eight yards.

    Follow all the live action HERE

    • Joshua Mbu

      BREAKING: BRISBANE TO HOST 2032 OLYMPIC GAMES

      Australia will host the Olympics for the third time in 2032.

      Brisbane will host the games following a vote of International Olympic Committee member nations in Tokyo.

      The bid has predicted the Games will bring $17bn in economic benefit.

      Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said: "We pledge to create a successful model under your new host city strategy by showcasing a cost-neutral, climate positive, safe … and enthralling experience for the whole world."

    • Joshua Mbu

      TEAM GB 1-0 CHILE

      48' Different class from Caroline Weir in midfield with a great dummy to work room for herself.

      She finds Stanway who in turn finds Little inside the area before the ball is worked to Hemp.

      She is inside the area this time and looks for the top corner with her left foot but again scoops it over.

      Follow all the live action HERE

    • Joshua Mbu

      GAMES OVER 

      Two stars have tested positive for Covid-19 – and become the first athletes to be ruled out of the postponed Tokyo Olympics, writes ROB MAUL.

      Chilean taekwondo star Fernanda Aguirre and Dutch skateboarder Candy Jacobs have both tested positive and will miss the Games, which officially start on Friday.

      The inevitability of stars missing competition due to contracting coronavirus became a reality just two days from the opening ceremony.

      Aguirre, who was set to fight on Sunday in the same 57kg class as Britain’s two-time Olympic champion Jade Jones, was the first athlete to be forced to withdraw.

      And then it emerged that Jacobs had also tested positive in the Olympic Village and she will miss out on skateboarding’s debut.

    • Joshua Mbu

      TEAM GB 1-0 CHILE

      The goal that has GB ahead – their first in the Games for NINE years.

    • Joshua Mbu

      TEAM GB 1-0 CHILE

      18' A deep ball in is kept alive down the GB right.

      Bronze stands a clever ball up at the back post for Hemp to attack and nod down.

      It lands to White inside the six-yard box who swipes home from close range with her left foot.

      A deserved lead!

      Follow all the live action HERE

    • Joshua Mbu

      TEAM GB 0-0 CHILE

      10' Stanway again causing havoc down the right before firing low and hard across the keeper.

      Endler parries out to White following in and she rolls it into an empty net.

      The flag was up straight away from the assistant and it was the right call.

      Follow all the live action HERE

    • Joshua Mbu

      UNDERWAY

      The 2020 Olympic Games finally got underway last night as hosts Japan beat Australia 8-1 in softball, writes GARY STONEHOUSE.

      Japan took the gold the last time the sport was included in the Olympics at Beijing 2008.

      And they set down a marker to do that again after their convincing 8-1 victory.

      The contest took place in an empty Azuma Baseball Stadium with the official opening ceremony not taking place until Friday.

      The Games begin amid widespread opposition in the country due to Covid-19 cases rising.

    • Joshua Mbu

      FOOTY TIME

      Team GB's women's football team kick off their Tokyo Olympic campaign against Chile today!

      1 Roebuck, 2 Bronze, 5 Houghton (c), 14 Bright, 12 Daly, 4 Walsh, 11 Weir, 17 Stanway, 8 Little, 15 Hemp, 9 White.

      Watch the game from 8.30pm on BBC 2 and Eurosport.

    • Joshua Mbu

      GOING FOR GOLD

      Team GB have steadily increased their medal haul over the years!

    • Dylan Terry

      MORNING, OLYMPICS FANS

      The Tokyo Olympics were rocked yesterday, when head of the organising committee Toshiro Muto refused to rule out a last minute cancellation.

      He said: “We can’t predict what will happen with the number of coronavirus cases. So we will continue discussions if there is a spike in cases.

      “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”

      London 2012 chief Seb Coe, however, believes that it is imperative that the Games go ahead.

      He exclusively told SunSport: “My message is that, absolutely, it’s worth having these Games.

      “Why do I think it’s important? Well, actually 70 per cent of all competitors appear at one Games. They have one bite at this.

      “I was lucky I went to two, the majority don’t.

      “We’ve a responsibility if we can deliver it safely and securely and in a way that doesn’t just protect the athletes but also protects the local communities.

      “The message for me is the athletes want this to take place.”

      Meanwhile, Team GB’s women’s football team are set to get their campaign up and running this morning, when they take on Chile at 8:30am.

      You can follow all the action with SunSport.

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