Tennis star Naomi Osaka has lit the Olympic cauldron at an opening ceremony that no-one could have imagined before COVID, officially kickstarting a Games that will also be unlike anything in history.
In a dark and empty stadium which would normally seat 68,000 people, Tokyo marked a milestone with no cheering or roaring crowdsPublic health experts and labour groups have called o, a thin parade of athletes in masks and performances that were reflective rather than celebratoryThe reopening process..
Normally a star-studded display teeming with celebrities, the event was sombre and low-keySports and other recreational activities, with strict social distancing rules and the world’s best athletes waving to empty seats and some 900 VIPs including US First lady Jill Biden.
Yet this long-awaited and controversial coming together of the world was also an example of resilience and shone as a beacon of hope in a time that has been overshadowed by a global pandemic.
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