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Serena Williams said Sunday that she will not be competing in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: Williams has won four gold medals for the United States during past summer games, competing in both single and doubles tennis competitions.

  • Williams told reporters that "there’s a lot of reasons that I made my Olympic decision," but that she did not wish to get into specifics.
  • Other former Olympic tennis players, namely Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem, have also announced they will not attend this summer's games.
  • The Tokyo Olympics have garnered sustained controversy with many criticizing the event as unsafe during a global pandemic.

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Aug 30, 2021 - Sports

The major highlights from Week 1 of the Paralympics

Nick Mayhugh. Photo: Moto Yoshimura/Getty Images

The 2020 Paralympics are halfway complete, with 4,403 athletes — including a record 1,853 women — putting on a show last week in Tokyo. Here are some of the Games' top stories:

  • 🥇 Medal count: China has by far the most medals (119), followed by Great Britain (65), the Russian Paralympic Committee (59), Ukraine (50) and the U.S. (48). Full medal table.
Aug 29, 2021 - Sports

Kendall Gretsch becomes 5th American to win gold at summer and winter Paralympics

Team USA's Kendall Gretsch (right) edges Australia's Lauren Parker of Team Australia at the women's PTWC Triathlon at the Tokyo Paralympic Games on Sunday. Photo: Alex Pantling/Getty Images

American Kendall Gretsch just beat Australia's Lauren Parker to win the women's PTWC race at the Tokyo Paralympics on Sunday morning.

The big picture: Gretsch finished her first summer Olympics event with a time of 1:06:25, Parker recorded 1:06:26. Gretsch is the third U.S. woman, and fifth American overall, to win gold medals at the summer and winter Paralympic Games, NBC Sports notes. She previously won two golds in Nordic skiing at the 2018 winter Games.

Breaking Biden's diplomatic logjam

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Data: Center for Presidential Transition via Congress.gov; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

The logjam for reviewing and confirming President Biden's ambassadorial picks is finally starting to break.

Why it matters: Biden is far behind his predecessors in the rate at which his ambassadorial picks have been confirmed. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a series of high-profile hearings and votes this week to finally begin chipping away at the backlog.