Tokyo extinguished its Olympic flame at a ceremony on Sunday that turned into a spectacle-free sports event and a global epidemic, spectacular sport and deep personal turmoil.
After postponing the Tokyo 2020 Games for a year, organizers said the event would serve as a symbol of a global victory over the epidemic. But with the drastic measures of epidemics and as the variants of Cove 19 return to the rest of the world, the Olympics fell short of that success and the economic loss that Japan wanted.
The ceremony, though unrestrained, gave athletes a glimpse of everyday life in Tokyo as the Olympic Stadium was transformed into a park with grass, busker and BMX riders.
Organizers said the scene meant visitors could “experience Tokyo”.
It was a strange end to an extraordinary event. Japan is now hit with a 15 billion bill, more than double its expectations, and without a surge in tourists.
The president of the International Olympic Committee thanked the Japanese people and acknowledged the difficulty of hosting the Games during epidemics.
“For the first time since the epidemic began, the whole world has come together,” said Thomas Bach. “No one has ever postponed a game before.”
Public outrage over the epidemic and the gradual introduction of the vaccine have severely damaged the position of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Opinion polls show that most Japanese oppose holding sports during epidemics.
Still, it seems that the organizers have stopped the Tokyo Games from spreading in the Code 19 Super Spreader event, noting that about 50,000 people gathered during the epidemic.
As a symbol of action, the winners accepted their prizes from the tray, placed the medals around their necks, although social distance protocols such as the hug were largely ignored in sports.
Bubble https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/tale-two-cities-bubble-tokyo-outside-2021-07-29- A collection of venues and hotels on which Olympic visitors were largely limited. Some things got broken elsewhere. Fuel from the delta version of the virus, daily infections in Tokyo for the first time exceeded 5,000, threatening to overwhelm its hospitals.
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The Games also showed the push of the Olympics for more diversity.
For the first time, a victory ceremony was held for the men’s and women’s marathon event. Kenyan anthems twice filled the 68,000-capacity stadium for gold medalists Perez Jepcher and Elliott Kepchog.
Cold War and ‘Twists’
And when they did, the games themselves provided a lot of drama.
In a moment reminiscent of the Cold War, Belarusian sprinter Christina Tasmanoskaya refused to board a flight from home after taking him to the airport against her will. He has since applied for asylum in Poland.
American superstar gymnast Simon Byles stunned the world when he dropped out of five of his six events, including skipping the women’s team final in just one vault attempt, due to his mental and physical health. Citing concerns.
His clear acknowledgment, with the first comments from Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka, focused sharply on the players’ mental health issues.
In athletics, Italy gave a different kind of shock with their amazing run. His win included stunning gold in the men’s sprint relay https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/athletics-on-fire-italy-storm-astonishing-sprint-relay-gold-2021-08-06 His Athletics Gold number rose to five.
In swimming, a team from the United States without 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps has yet to finish meeting at the medal table.
After five years of intense preparation for the players, some of them pulled on the grass in the stadium. Some people were seen relaxing when they saw a fireworks display illuminating the Tokyo sky.
Finally, two large-screen stadiums displayed a retro display that recalled the 1964 Tokyo Olympics: the word “ARIGATO” or “thank you.”