Six UAE athletes selected for Tokyo Olympics
Six UAE athletes selected for Tokyo Olympics

Six UAE athletes selected for Tokyo Olympics

The UAE will have six athletes at the Olympics in Tokyo this year. In total, the UAE will send a delegation of 18 staff and athletes.

And our first medal chance will come when Saif Bin Futtais lines up in the skeet shooting competition on July 25.

But our best medal hopes could come in judo and swimming.

Judoka Victor Scvortov was a bronze medallist at the 2014 World Judo Championships and the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. And will take part in the 73kg category on July 26.

And highly-rated swimmer Yousuf Al Matrooshi could do well on his Olympic debut in the 100-metre freestyle event.

Good luck from the DubaiLAD team!

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Japan declares state of emergency ahead of Olympic Games

A state of emergency has been declared in Japan just two weeks before the Olympic Games are due to be held in the country.

The state of emergency will remain in place until August 22 and the end of the games.

There’s a total ban on alcohol in bars and restaurants and venues must close by 8pm.

Covid-19 cases have been steadily rising during the summer with many calling for the games to be postponed or cancelled.

“Taking into consideration the effect of coronavirus variants and not to let the infections spread again to the rest of the nation, we need to strengthen our countermeasures,” the prime minister said.

And organisers could go a step further by banning fans from nearly all the Olympic events.

The Olympic Games are scheduled to take place in Tokyo between 23 July and 8 August. The Paralympic Games will then take place between 24 August and 5 September.