New Years Edition: Sport

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🔹 Wimbledon returns 🎾

Wimbledon was postponed in 2020, for the first time since World War 2. But, the Grand Slam Championship will return in 2021, taking place from 28 June to 11 July. 

Wimbledon CEO Sally Bolton says a decision will still be taken as to whether the tournament will be at full capacity, reduced capacity, or behind closed doors. This year’s US Open was behind closed doors in October, whereas the French Open took place in a reduced capacity in May. 

Either way, we can’t wait to see our favourites (did someone say Serena Williams?) take to the court once more.

🔹 New Olympics dates confirmed

Since the first torch was lit in 1896 by the Greeks, few sporting events have captured the world’s attention quite like the Olympics 🏅. The Games were postponed for the first time ever in 2020, thanks to the pandemic. The new dates for the Olympics will be 23 July 2021 to 8 August 2021, and the Paralympics from 24 August 2021 to 5 September 2021. 

The 2021 Games will be held in Tokyo, Japan – a country which has been praised for the effectiveness of its Covid-19 response. Japan has had about 223 000 COVID-19 cases in total, and about 3 000 deaths. 

To reduce the risk of infection, athletes will be permitted to arrive at the Olympic Village five days before their events, and will be required to leave two days after.

The change in date actually turned out to be pretty symbolic for the Japanese nation. 2021 marks 10 years since the 2011 East Japan Earthquake, which caused over 15 000 deaths. After the traditional lighting of the Olympic Torch, which begins on 25 March, the torch will travel through the country’s municipalities which have recovered since the earthquake: a light of resilience and hope for many Japanese citizens.

These briefs are from our 30 December 2020 edition of The Wrap. Read the rest of it here.

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