The five Olympic rings floating on a barge in Tokyo Bay were towed away Thursday for what is being called “maintenance," but officials say the iconic Olympic symbol will return to greet next year's Games. The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic and rescheduled to open on July 23, 2021. “It's not a permanent removal,” Masa Takaya, a spokesman for the Tokyo organizers, said this week.
A massive crash at the finish of the first stage of the Tour of Poland resulted in Dutch cyclist Dylan Groenewegen's disqualification.
Yoshinori Sakai was born in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, the day the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city. Just over 19 years later, he ran with the Olympic flame into the national stadium, left the cinder track, and jogged up a long flight of flower-lined stairs to reach the top. Wearing a white singlet with the rising sun emblem on his chest, he held the torch high in his right hand, faced the cauldron and lowered the flame to set off a ball of fire that signaled Tokyo's 1964 Olympics were set to begin - and Japan was back from the ashes of World War II.