photos

Tokyo Olympics: Delayed Games Open With Softball Competition

Host Japan and defending champions Japan beat Australia as the Tokyo Olympics got underway after a one-year delay

July 21, 2021

Japan's Minori Naito, center, celebrates with her teammates after hitting a two run home run during the softball game between Japan and Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Fukushima, Japan.

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Australia's Kaia Parnaby pitches during the softball game between Japan and Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Fukushima.

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Japan's Minori Naito, right, slides into home base as Australia's Taylah Tsitsikronis catches the ball during the softball game between Japan and Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Fukushima, Japan.

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

United States' Janie Reed bats during the softball game between Italy and the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Fukushima, Japan.

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Australia's Tarni Stepto, centre, during the softball game between Japan and Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Fukushima, Japan.

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Italy's Greta Ceccheiit, right, reacts with teammates during the softball game between Italy and the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Fukushima, Japan.

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

United States' Aubree Munro, left, makes it safely to the base as Italy's Marta Gasparotto drops the ball during the softball game between Italy and the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Fukushima, Japan.

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Italy's Giulia Koutsoyanopulos takes a catch during the softball game between Italy and the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Fukushima, Japan.

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Japan's Minori Naito, left, reacts after getting Australia's Stacey McManus out during the softball game between Japan and Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Fukushima, Japan.

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Japan's Yukiko Ueno pitches during the softball game between Japan and Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Fukushima, Japan.

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong