The biggest question regarding the Summer Olympics in Tokyo is would the Games actually occur? At the very least, they will start, as competition got underway Wednesday morning U.S. time with a soccer game between the American Women’s National Team and Sweden.
The other big question was how long would it take for the more woke of the athletic competitors to use their platform to make some sort of political statement.
We got that answer before the first game even started.
All 22 members of the U.S. team took a knee to show their solidarity with Black Lives matter.
It was an incredibly divisive action, that drew a lot of reaction on social media.
What happened in the game was almost as shocking, as the top-ranked American team lost 3-0 to the fifth-ranked Swedish team, who also took a knee before the game, but not to show solidarity to Black Lives matter.
The American women had a 44-game unbeaten streak, and were completely humiliated in this game.
Here’s what Megan Rapinoe had to say after the stunning loss. “We got our asses kicked, didn’t we? … I thought we were a little tight, a little nervous, just doing dumb stuff.
There’s no time to dwell and think about if Sweden is living in our heads or not. We’ve got another game in three days.”
She’s right. They get back on the field for almost a must-win game on Saturday.
U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski added this: “It’s obvious we put ourselves in a big hole, but we’re the only ones who can get ourselves out of it. It’s not going to be easy. We’ve got to get positive results in the next two games, but the fact there is still a chance [means] I know this team is not going to give up.”