When I first told my medical colleagues that I would be traveling 14 hours to Tokyo, they looked at me with a bit of surprise, then hesitantly told me simply to "be safe." It is the same reaction I have often received when jetting off to cover a natural disaster, like the earthquake in Haiti, or a conflict, like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This time, however, the mission was to report on how people from all over the globe would converge for the Olympic games in a city under a state of emergency due to the pandemic.
Rather than presenting a glitzy production, the four-hour Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games contemplated how, especially in the wake of a global pandemic, the sway of sport can keep us connected, writes Amy Bass.
With no fans in attendance and a reduced number of athletes joining the parade, the Tokyo Olympics' Opening Ceremony officially kicked off the Summer Games on Friday as tennis star Naomi Osaka lit the cauldron.
At least 33 people have died and eight remain missing in central China, as authorities ramp up rescue and recovery efforts following devastating floods that submerged entire neighborhoods, trapped passengers in subway cars, caused landslides and overwhelmed dams and rivers.
It is shocking that more than 18 months after the initial Covid-19 outbreak, there is still no international process in place to fully investigate the origins of the pandemic -- nor is one planned, writes Jamie Metzl.
Ella Donald writes that six years after Simone Biles gave up her scholarship to UCLA and turned professional, this year's US women's Olympic gymnastics team will include athletes who -- thanks to recent rules changes from the NCAA -- won't have to choose between collegiate competition and compensation.
Czech beach volleyball players Markéta Sluková-Nausch and Barbora Hermannova are coming to terms with being ruled out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games as the European team grapples with a growing Covid-19 problem.