Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony starts without spectators

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

At 8 pm local time, Japanese Emperor Naruhito appeared at the National Stadium to mark the official opening of the Games, but did not make a speech in deference to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 61-year-old monarch had earlier expressed concerns about the spread of infections at the Games.

After the playing of the Japanese national anthem, a moment of silence took place to remember the global victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although the regulations governing participation in the Games are strict, more than 100 people linked to the Olympics had tested positive for COVID-19 so far.

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