Breaking news: Olympic card changed after protests in Ukraine
The latest news on the Tokyo Olympics, which are being held under heavy restrictions after a year of delay due to the coronavirus pandemic:
A map on the Olympic website was changed after Ukraine protested the inclusion of a border across the Crimean Peninsula.
The card is part of a “Cheer Zone” feature that tracks how fans around the world have supported different teams at the Tokyo Games.
Late Thursday, the map had a black line at the top of Crimea in the same style as the national borders. Friday morning there was no line across the peninsula. Russia annexed Crimea to Ukraine in 2014. Ukraine still considers it to be Ukrainian territory.
The Ukrainian Embassy in Japan told The Associated Press in an email that “we have protested to the IOC and the map has been corrected.”
Road cyclist Michal Schlegel is the fourth Czech athlete from three different sports to test positive ahead of his competition at the Tokyo Games.
Schlegel tested positive at the team’s training base in Izu and will miss Saturday’s road race.
The Czech Olympic Committee said in a statement on Friday that Schlegel is in isolation and that Michael Kukrle and Zdenek Stybar will be his only two runners to line up at Musashinonomori Park for one of the first medal winning events of the Summer Games.
Czech beach volleyball players Marketa Slukova and Ondrej Perusic and table tennis player Pavel Sirucek also tested positive earlier this week. This prompted the Czech Olympic team to investigate whether the outbreak is linked to its chartered flight to Tokyo.