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this is bbc news. i'm sarah mulkerrins live in tokyo on day 10 of the olympics. the ioc says it's in regular touch with a belarus athlete under police protection in tokyo after belarusian officials tried to fly her home against her will. history will be made when weightlifter laurel hubbard becomes the first openly transgender athlete to compete in a different gender category to which she was born. i'm ben boulos in london. also in the programme: unarmed troops begin to patrol the streets of sydney as australia ramps up its covid lockdown. and fully vaccinated travellers from the united states and most of the eu can now enter britain without quarantining.
hello and welcome to the programme. i'm live in tokyo for day ten of the olympic games. we start our coverage today with news that two european countries have offered to help a belarusian sprinter who was ordered home from tokyo by her country's olympic officials. the international olympic committee has said krystsina tsimanouskaya is safe after seeking protection from the japanese police. a spokesman said she'd spent the night in an airport hotel. tsimanouskaya had been sent home after she had criticised the bela rusian coaches. this report from ramzan karmali contains flashing images. surrounded by police and safe, thatis surrounded by police and safe, that is what belarusian athlete krystsina tsimanouskaya believes for now. this printer
was due to be on the starting blocks later today but that she was forced to pack before being taken to the airport in tokyo against her will. translation: i ask the international - against her will. translation: i ask the international mental i i ask the international mental ——on the committee to help, i was put under pressure and they are trying to forcibly take me out of the country without my consent. i asked the ioc to intervene. consent. i asked the ioc to intervene-— consent. i asked the ioc to intervene. , ., ., intervene. tsimanouskaya was due to compete _ intervene. tsimanouskaya was due to compete in _ intervene. tsimanouskaya was due to compete in the - intervene. tsimanouskaya wasl due to compete in the women's 200 metres on monday but had complained on social media about being entered into another race at short notice. she claims on sunday officials came to her room and gave her one hour to pack her bags before being escorted to tokyo's and either airport. on the way to the terminal, she contracted the television —— belarusian spot solidarity commission, a group who support athletes jailed or sidelined for their views. translation: this whole situation began when pro—government and propaganda channel started a negative campaign against her. this
campaign against her. this campaign was very serious. and that was a clear signal that her life would be in danger in belarus. after this, she began to worry and today was told she would be leaving tokyo immediately and would be deported to belarus. she understood her life was in danger. understood her life was in dancer. . , understood her life was in danuer. , ., understood her life was in danuer. , . ,, danger. last year, protests auainst danger. last year, protests against the — danger. last year, protests against the current - danger. last year, protests against the current belarus| against the current belarus government alexander lukashenko and his government in august were brutally cracked down on, president lukashenko is backed by russia and has ruled for 27 years. his son is head of the olympic committee and is banned from attending the games of the ioc does not recognise last year's presidential result. the ioc are in touch with tsimanouskaya and incest her welfare is its main concern. —— and insist. they said coaches who decided to withdraw the athlete from the game on doctor's advised about her emotional, psychological state. tsimanouskaya has now said to be considering seeking asylum in europe but is thought to be
frightened about her family's safety at home. ramzan karmali, bbc news. we can now speak to mark conrad, associate professor of law and ethics at the fordham university new york. thank you forjoining us. we have seen this developed over the last 12 hours or so. what is the process now? who has control and how will the decisions be made? it’s decisions be made? it's interesting _ decisions be made? it�*s interesting because this is turning into a diplomatic issue, even though it began as a sports issue, which of course would be under the ioc�*s jurisdiction, but it's become more than that because she arguably is requesting some kind of asylum or residence in another country and now we really have the situation of notjust really have the situation of not just the really have the situation of notjust the ioc but really have the situation of not just the ioc but the japanese government involved and potentially governments, at least in the two countries that we've heard, that could
consider that application being germany and austria. so even though this started as a protester because she was switched from one event, the one that she performs regularly, to an event she has never done has become much more of a political matter because of a political matter because of the nature of the way colin rossis of the nature of the way colin ross is being run and also the fact that the son of the autocratic president runs the olympic committee and there are serious questions about her safety if she goes back to the country and the nature of how she was arguably shipped out or forced to leave. and once it got on social media, really, the stakes were just increased and so i think you're dealing with a number of issues, both sports and diplomatic, and we have to wait to see how this will pan out. have to wait to see how this will pan out-— will pan out. will that make this process _ will pan out. will that make this process longer - will pan out. will that make this process longer or - will pan out. will that make this process longer or is - will pan out. will that make i this process longer or is there any chance of a quick resolution on this? i any chance of a quick resolution on this? i think it could be _ resolution on this? i think it
could be fairly _ resolution on this? i think it could be fairly quick- resolution on this? i think it| could be fairly quick because resolution on this? i think it l could be fairly quick because i don't think the ioc wants to hold onto this and i don't think the japanese government does and given the fact that belarus is really on the outs, if you will, and quite isolated and does not have a lot of allies in the ioc l and elsewhere, it would not surprise me if there would be a reasonably swift resolution determined in this case. mark conrad, appreciate _ determined in this case. mark conrad, appreciate your- determined in this case. mark conrad, appreciate your time | conrad, appreciate your time with us. moving our attention to the action. we've had two gold medals on the track so far on day ten. puerto rico's jasmine camacho-quinn won the women's 100m hurdles final — a dominant performance. usa's kendra harrison took the silver with jamaica's megan tapper winning the bronze. in the long jump for men, it was gold for greece and miltiadis tentoglou. and coming up, laurel hubbard is set to make history by becoming the first openly transgender athlete to compete in a different gender category
at an olympic games to that which they were born. after the road events last week, attention now turns to the velodrome in cycling today with the track events getting under way. and we will find out which two teams will battle it out for gold in women's football with usa facing canada and australia taking on sweden in the semi—finals. now, let's have a look at the medal table so far. china are currently top of the tally with a 2k gold medals and 51 medals in total while the us have 20 golds, but more overall medals with 60. behind them are the hosts japan, who have 31 altogether, equally placed with australia who have 31 medals in total, but fewer golds than japan.
that's about it from me here in tokyo. back now to ben in the studio. sarah, thank you very much for the moment, we will speak to you again later. sarah mulkerrins in tokyo. britain has dropped its quarantine restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers from the united states and most of the eu. until now, only people who received theirjabs in the uk could avoid quarantine when arriving from so called amber list countries. the travel and tourism industries have described the move as a fantastic step forward, but warn both sectors are still in urgent need of government support. katy austin reports. limits on international travel affect more than holidays, gemma is looking forward to finally bringing her baby from los angeles to the uk to meet his grandparents. the los angeles to the uk to meet his grandparents.— los angeles to the uk to meet his grandparents. the idea that the quarantine _ his grandparents. the idea that the quarantine has _ his grandparents. the idea that the quarantine has now- his grandparents. the idea that the quarantine has now gone i the quarantine has now gone means that we're going to have
a whole trip where we can be with our family and friends. previously, only people who received theirjabs in the uk could avoid self—isolating when arriving from amber list countries. from this morning, fully vaccinated us or eu travellers don't have to quarantine and they will not have to take a test on day eight after arriving. they must still take a predeparture test and a covid pcr test on day two after their arrival. the tougher quarantine rule will apply to people coming from france. us is still not allowing uk visitors in but one airline told me today's changes are a step in the right direction, triggering a notable rise in bookings.— direction, triggering a notable rise in bookings. week on week, more than _ rise in bookings. week on week, more than 15096 _ rise in bookings. week on week, more than 15096 for _ rise in bookings. week on week, more than 15096 for new - rise in bookings. week on week, more than 15096 for new york, i more than 150% for new york, london specifically. or than 250% increase. but for sure there is a big difference pre—pandemic on much closer to inaudible customers are booking
because of confidence, of course, the booking and changes in travel restrictions. for some other _ in travel restrictions. for some other british - in travel restrictions. for some other british businesses which depend on tourism, including this central london hotel, today's move is encouraging. ﬁgs hotel, today's move is encouraging.— hotel, today's move is encouraging. hotel, today's move is encouraiiin. a encouraging. as soon as the announcement _ encouraging. as soon as the announcement was - encouraging. as soon as the announcement was made i encouraging. as soon as the | announcement was made we encouraging. as soon as the - announcement was made we had many, many bookings, particularly in the us, the europe market is slower but particularly from the us and we wish you could have happened earlier but the fact it has not happened as a positive for us and for the industry as a whole. ., and for the industry as a whole. . ,.,,, , whole. the uk airline bosses welcomed — whole. the uk airline bosses welcomed today's _ whole. the uk airline bosses welcomed today's changes i whole. the uk airline bosses i welcomed today's changes but said ongoing restrictions could threaten the aviation sector's recovery and called for more countries to be put on the green list. the government's next review of the travel rules is due later this week. katy austin, bbc news. temperatures are forecast to hit well above a0 celsius in southern turkey which is battling a series of devastating wildfires. people have died in the worst lasers the country has seen for a decade. the authorities say the majority of fires are now under
control —— blazes. the huge firefighting operation continues. fires to rage, fanned by strong winds, fuelled by soaring temperatures. more than 100 lasers have broken out. all in tears have been working night and day to try to do what they can —— blazes, providing food and drink for exhausted firefighters and helping them with local knowledge. translation: with local knowledge. tuna/mom- with local knowledge. translation: ~ ., translation: while there are these fires _ translation: while there are these fires and _ translation: while there are these fires and this _ translation: while there are these fires and this disaster, i these fires and this disaster, many residents, including myself, cannot put our heads on the pillow and fall asleep peacefully. we must be responsible for our land to prevent a future from burning. but the situation is really bad now. �* . ., now. but the evidence from these pictures, _ now. but the evidence from these pictures, showing - now. but the evidence fromj these pictures, showing the scorched earth. the holiday resort of my amorous now resembles a ghost town. it is
being evacuated, the safest way out is by boat —— marmaris. something is different because i've never seen this before. we've had little fires before but i've never seen it like this, the devastation, and it's notjust here, it's everywhere. the police are trying to establish whether some of the fires were started deliberately. the turkish government, facing criticism for the shortage of firefighting aircraft in the country, insist it will do everything it can to help those affected by the flames, rebuild their lives. as is the majority of the fires have been contained. but many people are wondering what the left of their homes and their belongings when they are finally allowed to return? parts of italy, spain and greece have also been suffering and as temperatures rise, so do their concerns. simon jones, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: in fighting spirit — how russians feel about their athletes being made to compete under the banner of the russian olympic committee.
the question was whether we wanted to save our people — and the japanese as well — and win the war or whether we wanted to take a chance on being able to win the war by killing all our young men. the invasion began at two o'clock this morning. mr bush, like most other people, was clearly caught by surprise. we call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all iraqi forces. 100 years old and still full of vigour, vitality and enjoyment of life — no other king or queen in british history has lived so long, and the queen mother is said to be quietly very pleased indeed that she has achieved this landmark anniversary. this is a pivotal moment for the church as an international movement. the question now is whether
the american vote will lead to a split in the anglican community. this is bbc news, our main headline this hour: the ioc says it's in regular touch with a belarus athlete under police protection in tokyo, after belarusian officials tried to fly her home against her will. it's notjust the olympic action that's making the news and grabbing attention in tokyo. there's concern among officials there over a spike in covid—i9 diagnoses in and around the japanese capital. let's check in with mariko oi who is there for us. there have been some headlines njapan about olympians partying and celebrating the games.
perhaps the suspicion is now contributing to the spike in cases? indeed, ben, those athletes having a drinking outdoor party within the olympic village have now been under investigation. but, as you said, made some news headlines, though i think it is fair to say not many people here blame those fine athletes or officials for spreading the virus. of course, we continue to see that surgeon the number of covid cases not just in but across japan. on saturday we saw that record number of over a000 and yesterday there were still above 3000. the reason that is concerning is because normally over the weekend those numbers tend to be lower because of the number of tests that can be carried out by the hospitals, but even more alarming is the fact that a proportion of those tests coming back positive hit almost 20%, according to the tokyo government. i think lots of people realise the state of emergency, which has been
expanded and extended as of today, is not doing enough. i was listening to a radio program with 60% of the respondents said the government needs to do something more. but is remains to be seen. now, the state of emergency, despite its very serious name, it isn't a strict lockdown and there is no penalty, and of course the japanese constitution does not give the power to the japanese government to impose a strict lockdown, like in the uk. of course, it could still offer financial incentives, for example to businesses, so that people do not have to commute. but the very fact the games are taking place in the city, but is really sending the wrong message among the japanese public. message among the japanese ublic. a, ., public. mariko oi, for the moment. _ public. mariko oi, for the moment, thank- public. mariko oi, for the moment, thank you - public. mariko oi, for the moment, thank you very | public. mariko oi, for the - moment, thank you very much. russia is banned from the tokyo olympics because of massive doping violations in the past. but more than 300 athletes are competing under the banner of the russian olympic committee, and they're winning a string of medals. and in russia itself, many feel their athletes have been unfairly treated. sarah rainsford
reports from moscow. these are russia's next generation of olympic hopefuls. their minds on perfecting complex moves, not criticism that their country is not being punished enough for doping. the girls told me theyjumped for m girls told me theyjumped for joy when russian gymnasts took gold in tokyo, inspired even though the team that has to compete without the national anthem and flag stop translation: anthem and flag stop tuna/mom- anthem and flag stop translation: ., .,~ anthem and flag stop translation: ., ., translation: you can take away our flat translation: you can take away our flag and _ translation: you can take away our flag and anthem, _ translation: you can take away our flag and anthem, but - translation: you can take away our flag and anthem, but you - our flag and anthem, but you can never take our love for russia. ,, . can never take our love for russia. , , ., ., , russia. the russian athletes are hardly — russia. the russian athletes are hardly anonymous, - russia. the russian athletes i are hardly anonymous, though. their entire kit is in the form of the flag, and more than 330 athletes are competing for the russian olympic committee, or roc. that is even though russia was caught cheating on a giant scale after the 201a games in sochl
scale after the 2014 games in sochi. , , ., ., , scale after the 2014 games in sochi. ,, ., , sochi. russia has been punished. _ sochi. russia has been punished. but - sochi. russia has been punished. but for - sochi. russia has been punished. but for the l sochi. russia has been - punished. but for the olympians like yevgehy _ punished. but for the olympians like yevgeny do _ punished. but for the olympians like yevgeny do not _ punished. but for the olympians like yevgeny do not think- like yevgeny do not think russia got off lightly, because its reputation is now in tatters. its reputation is now in tattere— its reputation is now in tatters. . . . its reputation is now in tatters. ., . ., ., tatters. we are cleaning and cleanin: tatters. we are cleaning and cleaning and _ tatters. we are cleaning and cleaning and cleaning - tatters. we are cleaning and cleaning and cleaning sport, j cleaning and cleaning sport, and the people around, i mean, the other countries, they told them that we are not clean, it is not fair. we are cleaning the sport already seven years, and still we get discrimination. ,, ., discrimination. the russian government _ discrimination. the russian government is _ discrimination. the russian government is sitting - discrimination. the russian government is sitting back| discrimination. the russian. government is sitting back at its critics in its own way. this is none other than the foreign ministry spokeswoman. her message to the world turns the roc�*s team acronym into a defiant hashtag. taste the roc's team acronym into a defiant hashtag.— defiant hashtag. we will rock ou. defiant hashtag. we will rock you- from — defiant hashtag. we will rock you. from russia, _ defiant hashtag. we will rock you. from russia, she - defiant hashtag. we will rock you. from russia, she adds, j you. from russia, she adds, with love- — you. from russia, she adds, with love. and _ you. from russia, she adds, with love. and moscow's - you. from russia, she adds, i with love. and moscow's latest street art has the russian bear rustling the world anti— doping body wada to the ground. this
mural really — body wada to the ground. try 3 mural really captures the mood here. there is no soul—searching or public remorse over the doping violations.— remorse over the doping violations. , ., , violations. instead, there is this defiance, _ violations. instead, there is this defiance, contempt, i violations. instead, there is. this defiance, contempt, even, for the punishment. russian officials have acknowledged there was a problem with doping in sport, but they have never accept that it was widespread and officially sanctioned. there is a mentality of us against the rest of the world, that russian athletes were framed by the international community, but they are not really complicit, that everybody else was doping, they were after us and they got us and now we're just punished. the gym and was success in tokyo has already brought new recruits to this club, taking their first steps towards possible metals of their own. russia thinks it is time to move on from the scandal over sochi, but it is a long way from convincing the world that can be trusted. sarah rainsford, bbc news, moscow.
let's get some of the day's other news. the us senate has reconvened to start moving towards a vote on a trillion—dollar infrastructure bill, which it's hoped both republicans and democrats will support. the measure could be voted on this week — but there are still sticking points on how it will be funded. many republicans are opposed to tax increases on big corporations and wealthy individuals. the video—conferencing firm zoom has agreed to pay $86 million to settle a class action privacy lawsuit in the us. the lawsuit alleged that zoom had invaded the privacy of millions of users by sharing personal data with facebook, google and linkedin. the firm denied any wrongdoing, but has agreed to boost its security practices. police in the german capital, berlin, have clashed with anti—lockdown demonstrators after they defied a court ban and gathered illegally. police used batons and tear gas, saying some of its officers had been harassed and attacked in the western charlottenburg district.
the australian military has deployed 300 unarmed soldiers to enforce sydney's strict lockdown as the city tries to suppress a surge in covid cases caused by the delta variant. their duties initially, the military says, are to help in vaccination centres. the state of new south wales reported 239 new locally acquired cases on sunday despite having been under a stay—at—home order for over five weeks. our correspondent, shaimaa khalil, is in sydney and can tell us what's happening there. the extended lockdown here in sydney is set to last until the 28th of august and there are fears that it could go on for longer. there is a great deal of tension, especially here in western and south—western sydney where the police and now the army's presence is going to be most concentrated. there are eight areas that are considered to be the epicentre of this outbreak and they are home to about two million people, many of them work in the manufacturing sectors in construction,
in the health sector, there are owners of small businesses and they are all worried about their livelihoods. remember, these areas have already been placed under stricter rules than the rest of the city and their communities are being targeted. i've been speaking to people who live here who say that there's just a great deal of fear among people, and they make the point as well that many of the residents here are refugees or people who have fled war—torn countries, oppressive regimes and seeing police and military on the ground can be a traumatising experience. one of them actually told me that it feels like an invisible wall has been built around those areas. health authorities have been grappling with this outbreak for weeks now. 239 cases — that's an all—time pandemic high for new south wales. that's happened twice. and yes, compared to many countries around the world, these numbers are low, but think of it
in the australian context — this is a country that for many, many months, life has gone back to near normal for most people, so this is definitely a step backwards as the delta variant continues to challenge health workers here. there is also the factor of the lower vaccination rates in australia. we've heard from the government, we've heard from the prime minister, urging people to get theirjabs. they say that the country needs 70% of australians to get vaccinated before restrictions are eased, and until then, these outbreaks are going to be handled by more lockdowns. notjust here in new south wales but elsewhere around australia. shaimaa khalil on the streets of sydney. polls have closed in mexico in a referendum about investigations into the country's former presidents. turnout had to be at a0% for the result to be binding, but was expected to be low because the supreme court watered down the questions — removing any mention
of past presidents. as will grant now reports from mexico city, some polling stations were empty, despite many mexicans complaining about years of government corruption. well, ultimately this didn't end up being a question specifically on past presidents, but more on what was called "political actors" and whether or not people felt, in this very convoluted question, that they should be investigated properly and reparations should go to victims. obviously there is virtually nobody in mexico who would be against that, and as these figures begin to come out now, that is clear. the yes vote, that people want to see corruption properly investigated against political actors, has been won by miles. we can already see they are going to win this. but the turnout is so low. it's just been announced it's 7.7a% of the electorate. it had to be a0% to make it binding. so really, already it's very, very clear this won't be a binding result and that
president andres manuel lopez obrador will be able to say, look, i put it in front of the people but it simply hasn't worked. before we go, just time to share with you these pictures of two sumatran tigers who are recovering at a zoo in the indonesian capital jakarta after being infected with coronavirus. 9—year—old tino and 12—year—old hari tested positive in mid—july after they experienced flu—like symptoms. the zoo has been closed sincejune, as covid—i9 cases have soared nationwide. before we go, a reminder of our top story the seller. two european countries have offered to help a belarusian sprinter who was ordered home from tokyo by her country's atlantic officials. the olympic
international committee said that kristina timanovskaya is safe after seeking protection from the japanese police. you can reach me on twitter. i'm @benmboulos. hello there. for most parts of the uk, sunday got august off to a relatively quiet start weather—wise. i say most parts of the uk. for some, there were some vicious downpours and thunderstorms during the afternoon. and it's a similar story into monday — a relatively dry, but not completely dry start to the new week. quite a cool start as well and then some wetter, windier weather is set to develop later in the week. high pressure trying to control things at the moment, but it's quite a weak ridge of high pressure, not strong enough to fend off all the showers. most places having a largely dry day on monday with some sunshine, but quite a lot of cloud clinging on across north—east scotland, certainly across the northern isles. this area of cloud bringing rain to much of northern ireland, and then some showers
breaking out across parts of england and wales as we head into the afternoon, some turning quite heavy and thundery for the south—west of england, wales and the midlands. the winds very light, so get yourself into some sunshine and it won't feel too bad, despite these temperatures being quite disappointing for the time of year, ia—20 degrees. some of those showers across england and wales will continue on through monday night, even into the early hours of tuesday. most places will be dry with some clear spells, but you can see this area of rain approaching the far south—west. quite a fresh, cool start to tuesday morning as well, but that area of rain in the far south—west looks set to dive away southwards towards parts of france, so that rain not making a lot of progress across our shores, just really into cornwall and the isles of scilly. we will see some rain across the channel islands, but most places on tuesday seeing some spells of sunshine and one or two showers popping up again into the afternoon. a few of those could be heavy, possibly thundery, and temperatures again up to 20, possibly 21 degrees. now, into wednesday, i think we could see a few more showers breaking out at this stage, a line of showers likely to push in across north—west scotland, some breaking out elsewhere
through the afternoon and again some heavy, thundery ones, those temperatures around 20 or 21 degrees. as we head towards the end of the week, things are set to turn more unsettled. one area of low pressure rolling in for thursday, another one behind it and that's our weather maker for next weekend, so generally speaking as we head towards the end of the week it is going to turn more unsettled with showers or longer spells of rain and potentially some fairly brisk winds as well.
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