Olympics Live Updates: Games Begin With Upset as Covid Also Draws Headlines

Outside the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. The decision to hold events without spectators has proved divisive.
Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics are still a day away, and there’s already been a major upset. But the drama hasn’t been limited to the field.

Organizers are still struggling to reassure residents that the thousands of athletes who have yet to arrive won’t worsen the spread of Covid-19 in Tokyo. And a new rash of cases among athletes has sidelined more players and teams, including Mexico’s baseball squad, which is now in quarantine back home and waiting for clearance to travel.

And while only two sports — soccer and softball — have officially started play this week, there are already signs that players will take advantage…

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