Egypt's stocks start new week in green as benchmark EGX 30 rose 0.07%    Shell completes sale of Egypt onshore assets to Cheiron and Cairn    Egypt sells $3 billion of Eurobonds in second international debt sale of 2021    Russia says it's in sync with US, China, Pakistan on Taliban    It's a bit frustrating to draw at home: Real Madrid keeper after Villarreal game    Shoukry reviews with Guterres Egypt's efforts to achieve SDGs, promote human rights    Sudan says countries must cooperate on vaccines    Over 100 officials resign from Tunisia's main Islamist party    Johnson & Johnson: Second shot boosts antibodies and protection against COVID-19    Egypt to tax bloggers, YouTubers    Egyptian court bans use of mosques for political purposes    Brazil calls up 8 EPL players for World Cup qualifying    Refugees in fear as sentiment turns against them in Turkey    We mustn't lose touch: Muller after Bayern win in Bundesliga    Egypt records 36 new deaths from Covid-19, highest since mid June    Egypt sells $3 bln US-dollar dominated eurobonds    Sisi calls on House, Senate to commence second legislative sessions on 3, 5 October    Huawei Technologies has invested $10 mln over 5 years in innovation centres in Egypt    Gamal Hanafy's ceramic exhibition at Gezira Arts Centre is a must go    Italian Institute Director Davide Scalmani presents activities of the Cairo Institute for ITALIANA.IT platform    Qa'a play showing at Lycee El Horreya Theatre, Alexandria is a must go    UAE-based Alameda to invest around $318 mln in Egypt in five years    Egypt to be removed from England's red travel list on September 22    Jordan hosts energy meeting today to discuss transporting Egyptian gas to Lebanon    Russia permits airlines to resume flights from 49 cities to Egypt    Egypt's Abu Soma Development partners with KOMPASS Education    Sisi: coronavirus vaccines in Africa 'far less' than actual needs    Orange Egypt Introduces Amazon Prime Video    Tokyo Olympics: Cautious opening ceremony, shy start for Egyptians in competitions    Mallawi Museum in Upper Egypt holds recycling workshop for children during Eid Al-Adha    Egypt keen on stable tax policies to attract more investors: Finance Minister    Sudan declares state of emergency as water goes beyond Merowe Dam capacity    Niagara Falls illuminated in Egyptian flag to mark 23 July Revolution anniversary    Capital flows into EM keep recovering after March 2020 slump: Central Bank of Egypt    1 child orphaned every 12 seconds due to COVID-19-associated death: World Bank    Egypt, Japanese Olympic Committee discuss boosting sports cooperation    Ethiopia ready to resume dam talks with no legally binding agreements: Ethiopian official    US emphasises AU's role in mediating Ethiopian damdispute    Sunken city of Thônis-Heracleion in Egypt's Abu Qir bay yields new archaeological treasures    New films, concerts, and destinations for Eid Al-Adha holidays    Egypt, Oman discuss enhancing bilateral economic, investment relations    Al Ahly v Kaizer Chiefs: Cairo giants eye 10th CAF Champions League title    Tunisia hopes to have a UN role in resolving Egypt-Ethiopia dam dispute    Egypt denounces Ethiopia's move to start second filling of giant dam    APO Group enters new exclusive agreement with Getty Images on African press releases and images    On International Museum Day, Egypt opens two new museums at Cairo Airport    Egypt's Ahly is establishing a new stadium, expected to be 'sports complex'    Old Cairo's Al-Fustat will be revamped on Egyptian President's directives    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.



Tokyo Olympics: Cautious opening ceremony, shy start for Egyptians in competitions
Egypt's handball team beat Portugal (37-31) in their opening Group B game
Published in Daily News Egypt on 24 - 07 - 2021

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games kicked off officially in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, on Friday, following the event's 12-month delay due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The opening ceremony highlighted the country's rich culture, while reflecting on the gloomy atmosphere of a world ravaged by the global health crisis.
This year's ceremony was held without the usual mass choreography, huge props, and cornucopia of dancers, actors, and light effects associated with past celebrations.
Meanwhile, fewer athletes from the participating countries attended the ceremony, with some instead choosing to focus on their Saturday competitions, whilst others avoided attending for fear of contracting the virus that has already spread across the Games village.
Thomas Bach, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, admitted that the Tokyo Games will be different from previous ones, particularly as it has already been delayed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With the Games being held in the wake of an unprecedented health crisis, the strength of the athletes has been portrayed in a video that counted down the final moments until the start of the ceremony.
On a glorious evening, the sky over the National Stadium in Tokyo exploded in indigo and white as fireworks went off to mark the start of the massive ceremony.
About 11,000 athletes from 204 national Olympic committees partake in the Olympics, along with a team of refugee athletes competing under the Olympic flag. The Games run until 8 August.
On Saturday, Egypt's handball team beat Portugal (37-31) in their opening Group B game.
"Beginnings are very important," Egyptian handball star Ali Zein, who recently joined Spanish giants Barcelona, said in a television interview before the game, "We left a great impression at the World Championship, and we are determined to do even better in Tokyo."
In swimming, Farida Osman, winner of two bronze medals at the World Championship, failed to qualify to the semi-finals of the Women's 100m butterfly, ending the race in 58.69 at the last spot of Heat 4. She had reached the semi-finals at the 2016 Rio Games.
Moreover, Egyptian swimmer Marwan Elkamash came second in 3:46.64 in Heat 3 of the men's 400m freestyle, but he could not qualify for the next round.
Egypt's tennis star Mayar Sherif, who made history after becoming the first Egyptian woman to win a main draw match at a Grand Slam in February, bid farewell to the Olympics after losing to Sweden's Rebecca Peterson (5-7 and 6-7) in the first round of the women's singles.
Additionally, Egyptian fencer Mohab Samer was knocked out in the men's individual sabre round of 32, while his fellows Mohamed Amer and Ziad El Sissy lost in the round of 16.
As for taekwondo, Nour Abdelsalam lost to Turkey's Rukiye Yildirim in the women's -49kg round of 16.
In the 10m air rifle women's qualification, Egyptian Alzahraa Shaban ranked 38th with 620 points, while Sami Abdel-Razek finished in 31st spot in the qualifying round of the men's 10m air pistol, and both failed to qualify to the final.
In the tennis table, Yousra Helmi lost to France's Jia Nan Yuan (0-4) in the first round of the women's singles, and the duo Omar Assar and Dina Meshref also lost in the mixed double's round of 16.
On Friday, Egyptian archer Youssof Tolba finished 56 out of 64 contestants in the men's individual with a total of 645 points. On 27 July, he will face Denis Gankin of Kazakhstan, who finished 9th with 670 points.
The Egyptian archer Amal Adam also finished 63 out of 64 contestants in the women's individual ranking with a total of 570 points, reflecting a season best. On 27 July, she will face Minhee Jang of South Korea, who finished second with 677 points in the Round of 64.
Meanwhile, rower Abdel-Khalek El-Banna qualified for the men's single sculls quarterfinals after finishing third in Heat 6, and will play in the next round on 26 July.
On a different note, 68% of respondents in a recent survey in Japan expressed doubts about the ability of Olympics organisers to control COVID-19 infections, while 55% said they were against holding the Games.
Only a third of Japanese have received a single dose of a vaccine against the virus, which has raised concerns that games will increase the virus' spread.
The Games were expected to be a boost to the Japanese economy, but disallowing fans in stadiums has ended hopes of an early recovery for the country's tourism that has been frozen since last year.
Organisers said the total cost of holding the Games would be about $15.4bn, but experts estimated that the total costs will be even higher.


Clic here to read the story from its source.