Japan finally kicked off the 2020 Olympics, which Covid postponed, at a hope-inspired opening ceremony at a fanless stadium.
Only 950 VIPs gathered in 68,000 seats Tokyo Olympic Stadium..
Athletes representing 206 athletes marched in a traditional “national parade”. Some were waving on an empty stand.
Team GB sailor Hannah Mills and rower Mohammedosvich raised the British flag, but only 22 of the nearly 400 teams were allowed to participate.
With rising Covid rates in the capital, a £ 13bn game was held in an otherwise eerie, quiet stadium for a dazzling fireworks display and a socially distant dance routine.
Since the number of performers was limited, large projectors and LED lights added color and action. And for the first time, the ceremony focused primarily on television segments designed specifically for returning viewers.
The clip contained messages from past and present Olympic athletes accompanied by an artist singing John Lennon’s Imagine. He writes with his Japanese girlfriend Yoko Ono.
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Over the next two weeks, more than 11,300 athletes will win gold medals. However, eight have already tested positive for Covid.
The Australian show jumper was then sent packing after being tested positive for cocaine.
A record 339 medal events will be held in 33 sports, including new sports such as skateboarding and climbing.
Team GB wants to win the best medal ever, beating 67 at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Last night, Boris Johnson told them in a video message: “We can’t be in Japan to support you directly, but the moment you pull that red, white, and blue kit, the whole country should be with you mentally.”
- Protesters marched near the Olympic Stadium and called for the tournament to be abolished in the nationwide Covid emergency. Many have advocated “health over wealth.”
Rob Mall, Sunman, Tokyo
The opening ceremony was a strange experience.
Unlike the spectacular London roar of 2012, this opportunity terribly missed the energy of the crowd.
Team GB is proud of us. There is money and tears, but there is no party.
And a typhoon is scheduled to come on Monday. Let’s start the ghost game.
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