Japan wins first gold medal as 2020 host

Nikkei -- Jul 24
Japan's Naohisa Takato hs won the first gold medal for the host nation, beating Taiwan's Yang Yung-wei in the final of the men's 60 kg judo. Takato, a bronze medalist at the Rio Games in 2016, cried after his victory in an empty Nippon Budokan, the legendary martial arts and concert hall.

7:10 p.m. Japan takes its first medal as the 2020 Olympics host -- a silver in 48 kg women's judo. Funa Tonaki falls to Kosovo's Distria Krasniqi in the gold medal match.

6:20 p.m. Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department announces four COVID-19 cases among officers who worked as Olympics security personnel. The four and 15 others who were in close contact are self-isolating.

Meanwhile, the Czech Olympic committee is investigating the cause of a COVID-19 outbreak among its team. Positive tests have already felled four Czech athletes from beach volleyball, table tennis and cycling competitions. Media reports indicate that infections could be traced to a charter flight on which passengers removed their masks.

Organizers earlier on Saturday reported 17 new Olympic-related infections overall, including one athlete, bringing the total up to 107. Over 34,000 people have arrived in Japan for the Games.

- Nikkei