Australia softball team to be first at virus-hit Tokyo Olympics

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Members of Australia’s Olympic softball squad at Sydney Airport on May 31, 2021 before their departure for a pre-Games training camp in Ota, Gunma Prefecture, Japan. The squad will be among the first athletes to arrive in Japan from overseas for the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics. REUTERS/Nick Mulvenney

Australia’s softball team flew out on Monday destined for Japan, where they will become the first overseas competitors to arrive for the coronavirus-plagued Tokyo Olympics.

The arrival of the “Aussie Spirit” squad on Tuesday constitutes a milestone for the Tokyo 2020 Games, which were postponed for a year over the pandemic and remain dogged by virus fears.

The squad and support staff have undertaken a series of Covid-19 measures including vaccinations and rapid PCR testing 72 hours before their departure from Sydney.

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