Team GB stars fly out to Japan from Heathrow for Tokyo Olympics with just over two-weeks until postponed games kick offJuly 6, 2021
SEVERAL Team GB stars flew out to Japan for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Tuesday.
The British athletes jetted off from Heathrow with just two weeks left until the postponed Games.
Team GB's sailing squad were pictured arriving at the West London airport.
An enormous Union Jack adorned the ceiling as the athletes made their way to the check-in desks.
Sailor Dylan Fletcher was seen handing over his boarding documents to airport staff.
And British Airways – who the team will fly with – projected good luck messages onto airport information screens.
Most of the flying squad had several pieces of luggage – no doubt including clothes and vital kit.
John Gimson's airport trolley was stacked with FOUR huge Team GB branded bags.
And all the athletes wore masks as they made their way through the airport.
The Games – like Euro 2020 – were postponed last year.
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And there are still calls for them to be pushed back again or even CANCELLED.
But the most controversial Olympics in living memory is STILL set to take place between July 23 and August 8.
The cream of the sporting crop are now gearing up for a showdown in Japan.
Although Olympic rules state there will be no sex, booze or fun.
There are still plenty of protests in Japan over the Games themselves, with fluctuating Covid rates still a danger to the Olympics.
If they do go ahead as planned, skateboarding prodigy Sky Brown is set to become Team GB's youngest ever Olympian.
Board ace Brown, who will be just 13 years and 11 days old when she competes in Tokyo, was named alongside 15-year-old Bombette Martin as the sport makes its Olympic bow this summer.
Elsewhere, Scottish runner Andy Butchart could be axed from Team GB’s squad following allegations he faked a coronavirus test.
The athlete, 29, was picked to compete in the men’s 5,000 metres in a 72-strong British team for the Games.
But UK Athletics officials have launched an investigation after The Times published an extract from a now-deleted podcast which claimed Butchart admitted to altering an old result so he could fly to the UK.
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