Sport Serena Williams may not play in Tokyo Olympics if daughter can't join her in Japan
Cancel the Olympics? Japanese people say yes, IOC says no
Backed by 350,000 signatures, amid a state of emergency, it arrived at Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s desk with a simple message. Despite growing opposition, the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 organizing committee have repeatedly said that the Games are on. “Our experts are satisfied that it can be done,” Dick Pound, the IOC’s longest-serving member, told Yahoo Sports in a phone interview. The Japanese government and organizing committee agree, Pound said, that “we can do this, and we should do it.” But a series of minor cancellations and COVID-related alterations have stimulated external concern that plans could still crumble.
If it comes down to it, Serena Williams’ daughter might be the key to whether she makes the trek to Tokyo for the Olympics this summer.
Williams said Monday at the Italian Open that she, like many other athletes around the globe, is still undecided about participating in the rescheduled Games amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
But if Olympia, her 3-year-old daughter, can’t join her in Japan, there may not be much to decide.
“I haven’t spent 24 hours without her, so that kind of answers the question itself,” Williams said,. “We’re best friends.”
Japan is in the midst of a new coronavirus surge, and a big chunk of the country is under a state of emergency through the end of the month.canceled his trip to the country on Monday due to the pandemic, and the . Naomi Osaka has at all, too.
Japan opens mass vaccination centers 2 months before Games
TOKYO (AP) — Japan mobilized military doctors and nurses to give shots to elderly people in Tokyo and Osaka on Monday as the government desperately tries to accelerate its vaccination rollout and curb coronavirus infections just two months before hosting the Olympics. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is determined to hold the Olympics in Tokyo after a one-year delay and has made an ambitious pledge to finish vaccinating the country’s 36 million elderly people by the end of July, despite skepticism it’s possible. Worries about public safety while many Japanese remain unvaccinated have prompted growing protests and calls for canceling the Games set to start on July 23.
It’s unclear if Williams will be allowed to bring Olympia to Japan or not. Fans from foreign countries are not allowed to attend, and the country has closed its borders to more than 150 nations.
The four-time Olympic gold medalist still has about a month to decide whether or not to compete. A big part of it, she said, could be related to Wimbledon — which is scheduled to end just two weeks before the Olympic competition begins. The Games then will end less than a month before the U.S. Open.
“I haven’t really thought much about Tokyo, because it was supposed to be last year and now it’s this year, and then there is this pandemic and there is so much to think about,” she said,.
“Then there is the Grand Slams. It’s just a lot. So I have really been taking it one day at a time to a fault, and I definitely need to figure out my next moves.”
NHL announces blank COVID protocol-related absences list
The long-awaited day has finally arrived. When the NHL released it’s COVID Protocol Related Absences list on Monday evening, it contained no names. It is the first time since the list originally debuted at the start of the regular season that the contents has been empty. Granted, the list now only includes the 14 active playoff teams as opposed to all 31 clubs, but it still marks a major achievement in the league’s battle against the Coronavirus. © Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports Of course, the final step toward a league-wide clean bill of health actually came with the elimination of the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.
Rafael Nadal also uncertain about Olympics
Like Williams, Rafael Nadal is also undecided about his future plans.
Nadal, 34, has two gold medals to his name already, having won a singles gold medal in Beijing in 2008 and a doubles gold medal in 2016.
Though he’s already going at the Italian Open and will head to the French Open later this month, Nadal hasn’t committed to a trip to Tokyo just yet.
“Honestly I can’t give you a clear answer because I don’t know,” he said Tuesday,. “In a normal world I will never see about missing Olympics, of course. Is no doubt about that. Everybody knows how important have been for me to always play Olympics. Under these circumstances, I don’t know.
“I normally know my schedule almost 100% since 1st of January till the end of the season. This year is something a little bit different, no? We need to be flexible. We need to adapt about the things that are happening. Let’s see. I don’t know. I can’t give you an accurate answer. Sorry.”
NHL's COVID protocol-related absences for May 21, 2021
Players in the protocol today are: St. Louis' David Perron and Nathan Walker.Pittsburgh – TBA
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