Tokyo 2020: Fireworks, dancers and key workers – the opening ceremony in pictures | World News

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Last Updated on July 23, 2021 by admin


Tokyo 2020 is officially here and after months of uncertainty, Japan kicked of the delayed games with a subdued and muted ceremony.

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This year’s games, which have been heavily disrupted by COVID-19, kicked off in an opening ceremony that paid tribute to key workers who worked on the front line during the pandemic as well paying homage to Japanese culture.

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The Japanese flag was not only carried by athletes but a paramedic, representing the key workers who have worked through the pandemic
COVID-19 has meant that athletes will be competing for gold in empty stadiums
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COVID-19 has meant that athletes will be competing for gold in empty stadiums
A lone runner on a treadmill was seen at the start of the ceremony, to represent the at-home training athletes have had to contend with during the pandemic
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A lone runner, Arisa Tsubata, on a treadmill, represented the at-home training athletes have had to contend with during the pandemic. Tsubata is a boxer and nurse, who worked on the front line during the pandemic
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Fireworks light up the night sky in Tokyo during the opening ceremoney
It hasn't been all celebration in Japan ahead of the official start of the Olympic games, with people protesting in Tokyo's Shibuya district, calling for the games to be cancelled. Pic AP
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It hasn’t been all celebration in Japan ahead of the official start of the Olympic games, with people protesting in Tokyo’s Shibuya district, calling for the games to be cancelled. Pic AP
Performers during the opening ceremony
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COVID-19 means the ceremony had to be stripped back, including less performers than usual



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