24 July (redux)

The Olympics is on from Tokyo. Boxer Peter McGrail has gone out in the first round this morning, which a surprise and a shame – he was a genuine medal hope. And an Evertonian.

The Blues are being linked with Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba as part of Rafael Benitez’s ‘overhaul’ of the squad. I can’t say I’ve noticed anything about Nakamba other than his unusual name, to be honest. Like people always say though, you don’t get 15 caps for Zimbabwe without being a good player.

It makes a change not being linked with more wingers. Benitez has already brought in Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray, and is linked constantly with Dwight McNeill from Burnley. Feels like there’s going to be a focus on getting the ball on the head of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, which seems a broadly positive move, given he’s absolutely mustard in the air. 

Everton’s centre-forward is continuing to wind people up lately with his outre fashion picks. It’s great. He should start a game wearing eye shadow and nail varnish next season. 

Because he can. 

It would be amazing.

Going back to the Olympics, there’s an interesting BBC documentary called Gold Rush tracing the Olympics from the nadir of Atlanta in 1996 and the increasing funding, professionalism and, in turn, medal ‘hauls’. 

There’s nothing quite like the Olympics to trigger the emotions, and especially moving are the clips when you see teammates and former competitors rooting for others. Christine Ohuruogu’s story is pretty incredible too, triumphing despite the prevalent idea in the British press that no one is allowed to atone for genuine mistakes. It’s great when she declares, ‘The way I was brought up, you only say sorry when you mean it.’