Coach Karch Kiraly knew there would be challenges and adversity if the U.S. women's volleyball team could finally break through and win a first Olympic gold medal in the sport. Two key starters have gone down with ankle injuries, an assistant coach spent two weeks in quarantine as a close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and the Americans dealt with a straight set loss to the team known as the Russia Olympic Committee. “We have had our share and our team handled it superbly,” Kiraly said about the adversity.
Turkey's newest Olympic gold medallist Mete Gazoz has a weapon even more deadly than his archer's bow - a beaming smile. Gazoz's gold was a Turkish first in archery, a sport where fierce concentration is the watchword and South Koreans usually monopolise the titles. On Saturday, Gazoz faced Italy's former team Olympic champion Mauro Nespoli in the final, unleashing his secret weapon to triumph 6-4 and become the only non-South Korean archery champion at the Tokyo Games.
Israel's new government approved the 2021-2022 state budget on Monday, after a meeting that lasted almost 24 hours.Why it matters: Previous governments couldn't pass a budget amid the political crisis that engulfed Israel over the past three years — preventing many government reforms from moving forward.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.The big picture: This is a big achievement for Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his coalition partners. Passing the bu