How do Olympic horses travel to 2021 Tokyo games? By flight and truck

Imagine flying to the Tokyo Olympics in business class, enjoying in-flight meals and even grooming. That’s how the Olympic horses traveled as they jetted off to Tokyo in time to compete. 

The horses even had their own passports. 

More than 300 horses have traveled to Tokyo to compete in the Olympics and Paralympics. Airplanes, 19 of them, and 185 truck journeys were needed to transport the equine passengers, The Chronicle of the Horse reported

Nine U.S. athletes will compete in the Tokyo Olympics across the three equestrian disciplines, in addition to three athletes at the Paralympics.

But the horses

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August 5 Tokyo 2020 Olympics news and results

Belarusian Olympic athlete Kristina Timanovskaya addresses a press conference on August 5 in Warsaw, Poland.
Belarusian Olympic athlete Kristina Timanovskaya addresses a press conference on August 5 in Warsaw, Poland. (Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images)

Belarusian Olympic sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya, who defected to Poland, told reporters Thursday that she hopes she and her husband will be able to stay.

“Once my husband arrives here today, we should make this decision together. I cannot answer anything without him, but I definitely hope we can stay here, and I can continue my sports career and my husband can find some work,” she said during a press conference in Warsaw.

Timanovskaya was set to compete in the women’s 200m at

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Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony director fired over 1998 Holocaust joke

TOKYO — The director of the Tokyo Olympics’ opening ceremony was fired Thursday over a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998.

Kentaro Kobayashi was ousted just a day before the pandemic-delayed Games were set to officially kickoff Friday with an elaborate ceremony he helped create, the latest in a long list of setbacks to hit the event.

Kobayashi was fired “after a joke he had made in the past about a painful historical event was brought to light,” the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee said in a statement.

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Basketball-Team USA’s Lavine not traveling with team to Tokyo

May 13, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) goes to the basket against the Toronto Raptors during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

July 19 (Reuters) – American guard Zach LaVine has entered health and safety protocols and will not fly to Tokyo on Monday along with the three-times defending men’s Olympic basketball champions, USA Basketball said.

The organization said in a statement the decision to leave without the 26-year-old LaVine was made “out of an abundance of caution” and that they hope he will be able to join the

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