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Tokyo: 5 of the Highlights of the Opening of the Olympic Games

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Like a beacon of hope in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were inaugurated this Friday.

The honor of lighting the Olympic cauldron was held by Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka at the climax of a ceremony that, as expected, was limited by preventive measures to avoid contagion.

There was no audience. Only athletes, authorities and journalists – wearing masks at all times – were present in an Olympic stadium with a capacity for 68,000 spectators.

“Today is a moment of hope,” declared the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach.

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