Tokyo Olympics: Team SA Day 1 schedule: Every team and athlete in action

The delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics kicks up a notch on Saturday, 24 July in Japan with a host of South African teams and athletes in action.

Tokyo Olympics: Team SA Day 1 schedule: Every team and athlete in action

The delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics kicks up a notch on Saturday, 24 July in Japan with a host of South African teams and athletes in action.

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Day 1 may not bring any medals, but it could well see a number of Mzansi’s finest move a step closer to the semi-final and finals of their respective events.

TEAM SA IN ACTION ON SATURDAY, 24 JULY

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READ | EXPERTS PREDICT SOUTH AFRICA WILL WIN FOUR MEDALS AT TOKYO OLYMPICS

Cycling
Men’s Road Race – 04:00: The cyclists will tackle the most mountainous Olympics road race course in decades, with five major climbs on the 240km route between Musashinonomori Park and the Fuji International Speedway. Slovenia hold a strong hand with the likes of Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar, while Belgium include Wout van Aert and Greg Van Avermaet. South Africa’s three-man team is Ryan Gibbons, Nicholas Dlamini and Stefan de Bod.

Hockey
Men’s Pool B – 11:30: South Africa vs Great Britain. Belgium are looking to become the fourth country to win the Olympic title as reigning world champions. They are in this group, along with Netherlands, Canada and Germany.

Women’s Pool A – 14:15: Ireland vs South Africa. It’s eighth in the world taking on 16th. Also in Pool A are Netherlands, India, Great Britain and Germany. Team SA had a practice match against 13th-ranked Japan and only went down narrowly 1-0.

Judo
Women’s 48kg – Not before 04:50: South Africa’s Michaela Whitebooi, the only Judo participant in the Team SA squad, has been handed the toughest of draws against the reigning Olympic champion and current World Championship bronze medallist, Paula Pareto of Argentina.

Rowing
Men’s Pair, Heat 1 – 02:50: Luc Daffarn and Jake Green will race in lane one, against Serbia, Netherlands, Romania and Spain. The first three will progress to semi-finals A and B, with the remainder going to the repechage.

Men’s Four, Heat 1 – 04:40: Great Britain have won the men’s four at each of the past five Olympic Games (2000-2016), already the longest winning run by a country in this event. Lawrence Brittain, Kyle Schoonbee, John Smith and Sandro Torrente take off from lane one against Australia, Romania, Netherlands and United States. The first two will progress to final A, with the remaining crews to the repechage.

Swimming
Women’s 100m butterfly, Heat 3 – 12:30: Erin Gallagher takes off in the third heat of five from lane seven. She has a qualification entry time of 57.67. The fastest 16 from the 34 swimmers across the heats progress to the semi-finals

Men’s 100m breaststroke, Heat 4 – 13:32: Michael Houlie is the fastest entrant in this heat with a 59.64 time, which gives him the preferred lane four. World record holder from the 2019 World Championships, Britain’s Adam Peaty, swims in the final heat at 13:40. The fastest 16 qualifiers from the heats go through to the semi-finals

Waterpolo
Women’s Group A, preliminary round – 11:20: South Africa vs Spain. South Africa make their debut at the Olympics captained by Jordan Wedderburn. The country’s women have never been represented at the Games. Also in this group are Canada, Australia and Netherlands.

READ | EXPERTS PREDICT SOUTH AFRICA WILL WIN FOUR MEDALS AT TOKYO OLYMPICS

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Unrest Latest: Sweden assures SA, investors to stay and rebuild

'Sweden has a long history of standing by our friends through the struggle for freedom' - Swedish Ambassador, Hakan Juholt, after the unrest.

Unrest Latest: Sweden assures SA, investors to stay and rebuild

eThekwini Municipality Mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda, has reassured the Swedish government that the city is working to protect foreign investment and save jobs following the recent unrest in the city. 

Kaunda met with the ambassador of Sweden to South Africa, Hakan Juholt on Friday. 

eThekwini Municipality said in a statement that the meeting was aimed to reassure the Swedish government that the Municipality is working to protect foreign investment and to save jobs following the recent civil unrest. 

Kaunda said he was encouraged that “team Sweden”, led by Ambassador Juholt, had encouraged their partners and businesses to unite with South Africa to protect and rebuild communities impacted by last week’s widespread violent unrest, riots and looting. 

“Sweden has over 150 businesses operating in South Africa, the majority of which are in Durban,” Kaunda said.

“It is important for us as the leadership of the municipality to meet with Swedish representatives, not only to allay any fears they may have, but to outline how we plan to protect investments in the city, whether local or foreign investment,” Kaunda said.

Juholt reassured Kaunda that Swedish investors intended to stay in the city and help the government to rebuild the country.

“Sweden has a long history of standing by our friends through the struggle for freedom and equality. We are here to stay and continue to help rebuild South Africa through this struggle. Our businesses are not going anywhere, we are in it for the long haul, now and in the future.”

Source : The South African More   

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