What you missed: The Olympics edition4 min readReading Time: 3 minutes
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Today’s special edition of Missed Out is dedicated to the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. There’s so much happening there — badminton champion PV Sindhu’s bronze medal, India’s women’s hockey team made history by moving on to the semi-finals, American gymnast Simone Biles turned the spotlight on mental health, and two high-jumping best friends are trying to convince authorities to let them share the gold medal!
That’s just some of the MANY things going on the Olympics. So, we decided to round up some other interesting tid-bits from the prestigious games.
A tale of struggle, triumph!
This is the story of 23-year-old Yusra Mardini, an Olympic swimmer, whose struggles go much beyond the pool. She has battled for life, identity and the right to be free. This is the story of how a young woman escaped a war back home in Syria, became a refugee and then took part in the Olympics.
The Syrian refugee is the youngest United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Goodwill Ambassador.
Yusra is part of the Refugee Olympic Team, which was created by the International Olympic Committee for the 2016 Olympics to allow athletes to keep competing even if they have been forced to leave their home countries. The contingent this year includes 29 athletes.
Watch this inspiring video below about the Refugee Olympic Team featuring Yusra.
The roach who stole the show… for a few seconds
This year’s Olympic Games are giving us a good dose of viral news and videos. The latest one that got us giggling is a clip from the women’s hockey match between Spain and Argentina that aired on an Argentinian TV channel. A cockroach made its debut during the match, when the cameraman focused on it for quite a few seconds. However, perhaps to safeguard the cockroach’s privacy, the camera was soon turned back to the match. The clip, which has gone viral all over Twitter, has racked up a whopping 5 million views on the platform!
It’s a robot’s world!
The Olympics have not only been a platform for athletes to showcase their talents and skills, but also a stage for the host country — Japan — to display their advances in the world of robotics. From field support robots to gardening robots and, of course, the mascot robots Miraitowa and Someity that helped welcome visitors, there have been plenty of machines doing various things.
One of the most fascinating robots at the Games is a tall black one that was seen shooting hoops with unmatched precision and accuracy during the half-time interval of a basketball match between the US and France.
Pretty cool, right?
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Photo:United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Videos: Malvika Dwarkadas