Japan Celebrates the Opening of the Games

Reported by Tracy Weare | vision.org.au
Saturday, July 24th, 2021
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Japan’s tennis star Naomi Osaka has lit the cauldron in Tokyo, to start the postponed 2020 Games.

The Olympic flame has been kept alight for an extra 12 months — and it was the four time grand slam winner who was chosen to finally light the cauldron at Tokyo’s Opening Ceremony.

Osaka and athletes from around the world brought the spark to the muted celebration.

Just over 60 of Australia’s 488 athletes marched in the parade of nations — before being whisked back to their headquarters in the village.

The pandemic featured heavily in the ceremony — there was a moment’s silence for lives lost to Covid.

But the IOC President TB declared it a moment of home, a time to come together — and the 2020 Games were declared open.

Photo credit: Ververidis Vasilis / Shutterstock.com

 

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