Great Britain will compete in football in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, according to the program.
All of the events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be covered by Express Sport on Wednesday, July 21.
Although the formal Olympic Games opening ceremony is not until Friday at noon (BST), some of the events begin two days earlier. Softball is the first event, which begins at 1 a.m. (BST), followed by baseball, which is popular among Japanese fans.
The only other event taking place in Tokyo on Wednesday, July 21 is women’s football, in which Great Britain has entered a squad.
The last time the British women’s team competed in the Olympics was in 2012, when they reached the quarter-finals.
This year’s campaign begins at 8.30 a.m. versus Chile (BST).
Hege Riise, Chile’s coach, has advised Team GB to put their emotions aside if they want to win Olympic gold.
Riise’s team kicks off their campaign in Group E on Wednesday in Sapporo, two days before the opening ceremony in Tokyo.
Riise won gold with Norway at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, after losing 2-0 to the United States in the first match and then defeating them 3-2 in the final.
It provides valuable insight for the former midfielder, which she believes will be crucial in Japan.
“It will be an emotional rollercoaster, and how we deal with it as individuals and as a team will be critical,” Team GB’s coach said.
“You must have faith in your preparation, but you must also recognize that not every game will be a fantastic game; you may win on a bad day.
“You must fight the sensations of not being able to perform at your best and yet win.
“Being at the Olympics brings up a lot of feelings, and the events happen so rapidly that you don’t have time to be overwhelmed or joyful. All you have to do now is get started.
“You might plan for something and then it doesn’t happen, so you have to be flexible to deal with whatever comes your way. That is something for which we must be prepared.”
Following England’s fourth-place finish in the 2019 World Cup, Team GB qualified for only their second Olympics. To qualify for Tokyo, a home nation had to finish among the top three European teams at the event.
The majority of the team is made up of England players, with Sophie Ingle of Wales and Caroline Weir and Kim Little of Scotland also making the cut.
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