On Friday, an American swimmer caused controversy by claiming that it would take many years to get his sport cleared of doping after he lost his Olympic title to Russia.
Doping was a resurgent Olympic theme at the Tokyo Games on Day 7. The centrepiece of the Tokyo Games’ athletics programme, the 100m women’s race, got off to an enviable start with heats in the morning.
A series of crashes on BMX tracks cast a shadow over the day. The worst result saw Connor Fields, an American favorite, taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
As new winners and losers were announced across all sports, the Olympics story was dominated by disputes. The unpredictable nature of this Games due to COVID-19 disruptions and delay has created high drama at the top of the medal tally with both China and Japan leading the United States for bragging rights
However, the on-field action has not resulted in a rating boost for broadcasters around the world. The Tokyo Games, according to ratings data from the opening ceremony and the first few nights of the events, are the most watched Olympics in recent times in Europe and the United States. In Australia and Japan, TV viewing is increasing
Ryan Murphy, a U.S. swimmer, said that his 200 m backstroke final was “probablyn’t clean” after he lost against Evgeny Rylov. He competed as part of Russia Olympic Committee (ROC).
Murphy won gold in Rio’s 100 and 200 Rio finals. Rylov won both Tokyo titles.