Aussie softball team entering pre-Olympic training

The Australian women's softball team has arrived in Japan for a pre-Olympic training camp. Officials say they are among the first athletes to come to the country for the Tokyo Games, which was postponed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

About 30 players and staff members from Australia arrived at Narita Airport, near Tokyo, on Tuesday morning.

The team will stay in the city of Ota, Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, until July 17 to prepare for their first game at the Olympics.

City officials say the players and staff were vaccinated before coming to Japan, and that they will be tested for the coronavirus every day during their stay in the city.

The officials pledged a range of measures to reduce infection risks, including asking the athletes to refrain from going out, except shuttling between their hotel and a training venue.