It’s Thursday at the Olympics, or as it’s officially called, “Day Negative 1”. (The opening ceremony is on Friday.)
The sports fire hose that begins to spit on Saturday is just a trickle, but several events matter.
On the morning in Tokyo, three more softball games are scheduled. The US won Italy’s opening game on Wednesday by only 2-0, so a stronger offensive appearance will be sought against Canada (1-0) on Thursday at 9 AM (Wednesday 8 PM Eastern). Mexico-Japan and Australia-Italy follow.
Then football resumes in Tokyo in the afternoon and evening, this time the men instead of the women. The United States did not qualify for the men’s tournament, which mainly consists of younger professionals.
The highlights of the eight games are Mexico-France in Tokyo at 5 p.m. (4 p.m. East on Thursday) and Brazil-Germany in Yokohama at 8:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. East on Thursday). At the 2016 Rio Games, Brazil defeated Germany in the gold medal match on penalties.