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Tokyo Olympics: Japan beat Australia in opening softball game

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The Tokyo Olympics started in earnest on Wednesday, even if unofficially or unceremoniously, after a one-year postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Games started with Japan’s 8-1 win over Australia in the opening round of the women’s softball tournament.

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The match kicked off at 9 a.m (0000 GMT) in Fukushima, the city hit hard by the tsunami-caused meltdown at the nuclear power station in 2011.

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Three softball and six women’s football matches are scheduled in total for Wednesday, two days before Friday’s opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games.

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Also in action is the U.S women’s football team, with the world champions seeking revenge against Sweden after they lost to the Swedes in the 2016 quarter-finals.

Japan won the last Olympic softball tournament in 2008.

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The sport was dropped at the 2012 and 2016 Games and will also not feature in 2024.

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