Sport Olympics-Badminton-Korea's Kim and Kong win women's doubles bronze
Japan girds for a surreal Olympics, and questions are plenty
TOKYO (AP) — After a yearlong delay and months of hand-wringing that rippled across a pandemic-inflected world, a Summer Games unlike any other is at hand. It's an Olympics, sure, but also, in a very real way, something quite different. No foreign fans. No local attendance in Tokyo-area venues. A reluctant populace navigating a surge of virus cases amid a still-limited vaccination campaign. Athletes and their entourages confined to a quasi-bubble, under threat of deportation. Government minders and monitoring apps trying — in theory, at least — to track visitors’ every move. Alcohol curtailed or banned.
By Richa Naidu
TOKYO (Reuters) - Two Korean teams faced off on Monday in a battle for the women's doubles bronze in badminton at the Tokyo Olympics, with world number five pair Kim Soyeong and Kong Heeyong prevailing over their compatriots, who are ranked a notch higher.
Lee Sohee and Shin Seungchan were unable to recover from a tough first game despite doing much better in the second, and lost 21-10 21-17 to Kim and Kong.
"Since we know each other very well, we tried to pretend this was practice not the real match so that we didn't feel nervous," Kong said.
Next up is a fight for the women's doubles gold between Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu of Indonesia's and China's Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan.
The men's singles finals will be held later in the day between world number two Viktor Axelsen of Denmark and China's Chen Long, the champion from the 2016 Rio Games.
(Reporting by Richa Naidu; Editing by Himani Sarkar)
Olympics-Beach volleyball-Swiss women beat Latvia duo to win bronze medal .
US-OLYMPICS-2020-VBV:Olympics-Beach volleyball-Swiss women beat Latvia duo to win bronze medalWith spectators still banned, about 10 officials from each country’s Olympic federation were on hand to cheer their teams at the shadeless court propped up alongside Tokyo Bay.