Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony starts without spectators

By WANG XU in Tokyo | China Daily | Updated: 2021-07-23 19:01
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An artist performs during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, July 23, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

After a yearlong delay, the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games finally kicked off on Friday at Japan's National Stadium with mixed public sentiment — many are questioning the logic of holding the Games amid a still-raging pandemic while others are yearning to see inspiring sporting moments.

In a display of pomp, parades, oath-taking and flame-lighting, the opening ceremony looked very different compared with others in the history of the Games as it took place in front of thousands of empty seats.

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