Australia softball team starts practicing in Japan

The Australian women's Olympic softball team has started practicing at its training camp in Ota City, Gunma Prefecture.

They have been staying in a hotel since they arrived on Tuesday but, as none of the players developed any symptoms, they were able to travel to a ball park in the city on Saturday morning.

City officials say the team members threw pitches and practiced fielding and batting. The practice was closed to the public as part of anti-infection measures.

The officials say they hope to be able to start allowing people to watch the team from the stands.

The team's head coach, Laing Harrow, thanked the city for its efforts, and said the players were happy to be able to start preparing for the games.