The opening ceremony in the empty Olympic Stadium may be far from the ideal start, but the world has fallen in love with a rising star.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will finally be held as scheduled.
A year later, a Covid crisis and costs that were originally intended to begin broke out, and the Olympics finally started when tennis superstar Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic flame.
The internet quickly compared it to Cathy Freeman’s iconic moment at the 2000 Olympics Social media exploded due to popular choices.
Although the opening ceremony itself lacks a major element Crowd blocked Japan’s National Stadium that can hold 68,000 people because they will be used throughout the Olympic Games Covid outbreak, The Olympics opened with a gloomy but hopeful unity.
Although the fans gathered outside the stadium and were heard chanting “Go to hell, IOC”In the stadium, the ceremony commended important staff and passed some iconic moments.
In fact, from the opening part of the evening, an athlete ran on a treadmill, copying Covid’s difficulties, because most parts of the world are separated by social distancing.
Although there are other athletes exercising, the treadmill ran for 15 minutes and attracted worldwide attention.
The runner is Japanese boxer and nurse Arisa Tsubata, who served on the front lines of the Covid-19 battle.
Tsubata won the Japanese national middleweight boxing championship in 2019 and is trying to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
But after quitting her job in the hospital in January, her Olympic dream was ruined by a cruel turn of fate.
As the Asian qualifiers in June were cancelled due to the pandemic, she was denied the opportunity to represent the country in the Olympic Games because the boxing competition ranked the top 53 boxers in the world.
“After the Olympic Games was postponed for one year, I have been working hard and I was frustrated. I didn’t even have the right to participate in the competition.” Tsubata said via Reuters.
But her performance at the opening ceremony won the world’s favor, because she claimed to watch the broadcast more than just a few hearts.
Although some viewers were critical of the ceremony, which lasted more than four hours, it was an impressive feat under bizarre circumstances, including the opening ceremony’s director being Fired for old jokes about the Holocaust On the eve of the event.
But there are also inspiring moments, including the Olympic rings made of wood from trees Planted by athletes in 1964, The last Olympic Games were held in Tokyo.
Although the athletes hardly entered the stadium with a big fanfare, there were still many teams having a great time that night.
However, when Naomi Osaka lit the cauldron, the Australian athletes had already left, and shortly after the team entered the stadium, the athletes’ first bus departed.