From Osaka to Matsuyama: Japan’s best hopes of Olympic glory in Tokyo

Fans will not be filling the arenas but the host nation still expects a taste of glory on Japanese soil after their Rio bonanza

The decision to ban spectators from attending all but a handful of Tokyo 2020 events amid a surge of Covid-19 cases in the host city has stripped Japanese athletes of the psychological advantage of performing in front of home crowds.

It is no surprise, then, that Japan’s Olympic committee – like those in other countries – is focusing on athlete safety instead of formal medal targets, despite the country coming off its best-ever haul of 41 medals at Rio.

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Tennis star Coco Gauff out of Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19

  • Teenager is one of best young players in the world
  • World No 25 hopes ‘there will be many more chances’

The Tokyo Olympics has lost one of its young stars after US tennis player Coco Gauff revealed she has been ruled out of the Games after testing positive for Covid-19.

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World’s oldest tennis player: 97 and still in the game – video

Leonid Stanislavskyi, a 97-year-old Ukrainian man ,holds the Guinness World Record for world's oldest tennis player. 

Stanislavskyi has been playing amateur tennis for more than half a century – it is next to impossible for him to find a worthy adversary in his age group, but that has not stopped him participating in the world and European championships for seniors and outplaying younger competitors, although he is not moving around the court as fast as he used to.

'It is an elegant type of sport. It is good physical exercise. It is a beautiful game. And there is one more thing about tennis – you can play no matter what age you are,' he said.

He says his ultimate goal is to live to 100 years old and meet Roger Federer.

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