The 26-year-old, who won two gold medals and a silver at Tokyo 2020, is taking time away from swimming to focus on his mental health.
Takefusa Kubo has been instrumental in Japan's push for an Olympic medal, and now the promising playmaker is ready to give Spanish football a reminder of why he already has spells at the country's biggest clubs. The 20-year-old will lead the tournament hosts into their semi-final meeting with Spain on Tuesday aiming to steer the Japanese to their first medal in the men's tournament since securing a bronze at the 1968 Games in Mexico City. But Real Madrid's Kubo will have other concerns on his mind in addition to ending a 53-year medal drought as he goes up against the nation that has shaped his football career.
The Hundred continued to entertain fans, while the British and Irish Lions were forced into a decider against South Africa.
The Japanese men's table tennis trio of Jun Mizutani, Koki Niwa and Tomokazu Harimoto won against Australia's Hu Heming, Yan Xin and David Powell 3-0 in the first round of Monday's team event, paving the way for the host country to enter the quarter-finals. Olympic mixed doubles gold medallist Mizutani and 26-year-old Niwa, two of the trio that earned silver at the 2016 Rio Games, took a strong lead in the doubles match even as the Australian pair Hu and Yan attempted to catch up by alternating between short and long shots.