🌏 The Tokyo Olympics Begin, Norway's Women's Handball Team Fined For Wearing Shorts And More

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Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games, kicking off the much-delayed Summer Games on Friday July 23.

  • The 23-year-old four-time Gland Slam winner was speculated to have been chosen for the honor after organizers requested her first match set for Saturday July 24 be delayed to Sunday.
  • Osaka carried the torch up a pyramid of steps that had been designed to resemble Mount Fuji and lit the cauldron, before fireworks concluded the ceremony.
  • “Undoubtedly the greatest athletic achievement and honor I will ever have in my life,” Osaka tweeted after the event. “I have no words to describe the feelings I have right now but I do know I am currently filled with gratefulness and thankfulness.”
  • This was Osaka’s first major public appearance after she withdrew from the French Open and took a break for her mental health.

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  • 🇨🇳 More than 20 women, several underaged, said one of China’s biggest stars, rapper Kris Wu, lured them into having sex with him, sparking a #MeToo movement and dozens of brands to drop or suspend partnerships with Wu. The age of consent in China is 14.
  • 🇨🇳 Central China was hit by its worst rainfall in 1,000 years, causing extreme flooding that trapped hundreds of people in the underground metro trains and stations.

Norway’s women’s handball team chose to wear shorts instead of the required bikini bottoms to a match to protest the double standards faced by women athletes. They were fined 150 euros each for the violation.

  • Women players are officially required by the International Handball Federation to wear bikini bottoms “with a close fit and cut on an upward angle toward the top of the leg and the sides must be under 4 inches.”
  • Male players can wear shorts as long as they are four inches above their knees and aren’t “too baggy,” according to the New York Times.
  • The head of the Norwegian Handball Association said it would be paying the fine, adding that the organization had been complaining about the bikini bottom requirement to the International Federation since 2006 but nothing happened.

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Calvin Krause, a student from Australia, created a TikTok rating emergency alarm sounds from around the world and it is unexpectedly funny.

  • Krause told Almost that he didn’t his video to go viral but “the more people I can entertain and make laugh, the better.”

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