March 4, 2024



Tokyo Olympics: 2020 Games begin as Naomi Osaka lights Olympic flame in poignant ceremony

BBC Sports

By Katie Falkingham-BBC Sport

The honour fell to Naomi Osaka to light the flame, the beacon of hope the Olympics attempts to be.

It marked the official opening of Tokyo 2020, a year later than planned, and in the midst of a global pandemic.

Perhaps as expected, Friday’s opening ceremony was not of the usual ilk. No carnival like Rio, no skydiving monarchs like London, but a more sombre tone, a sobering reminder that this is a Games taking place in a world still facing its toughest challenge.

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