July 21, Wednesday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1. Olympic competition kicked off in Tokyo on Wednesday, even as the number of coronavirus infections climbed among people involved in the Games and the city saw rising case numbers. The first softball and football matches come two days before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games. Japan’s women softball players beat Australia 8-1.
2.Ozeki champion Terunofuji has been promoted to sumo’s highest rank of Yokozuna. The messengers of the Japan Sumo Association delivered the news to the Mongolian-born wrestler at his stable in Tokyo. Terunofuji said he will “strive to maintain an unflinching spirit, and enhance the dignity and ability” as a Yokozuna grand champion.
3. Haiti has inaugurated a new prime minister, who is taking the helm amid the political turmoil caused by the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. Ariel Henry assumed the post on Tuesday. The neurosurgeon and former cabinet minister was tapped as prime minister by the president just days before he was gunned down at his home on July 7.