Australian women's softball team arrives in Japan

In Olympic news, the Australian women's softball team has arrived in a city north of Tokyo to train for the Games.

They are among the first foreign athletes to land in Japan, where several prefectures remain under a coronavirus state of emergency.

About 30 players and staff members brought a bit of Down Under cheer to Narita Airport on Tuesday. The Aussies were vaccinated before coming to Japan, and all tested negative at the airport. Daily tests will continue for the rest of their stay.

The team will train in Ota City, until they move to the Athletes' Village next month.

Ahead of their arrival, Ota's mayor took a look at the field and made his own Olympic prediction.

Ota Mayor Shimizu Masayoshi said, "We'll do our best to support the Australian athletes so that they'll be able to say they won second place, thanks to the camp. After all, Japan will win the championship."

The team's trip will be tightly monitored. Officials are asking the athletes not to stray from the field or the hotel but say they are considering letting locals take in a practice match.