Pandemic and flagging support to make Tokyo Olympics opener a show like no other | Justin McCurry

Posted by on July 22, 2021 10:22 am
Categories: Global Stories

A ceremony devoid of fans and low on athletes will set the tone for a Games mired in coronavirus uncertainty

When a national leader as conservative as Shinzo Abe was persuaded to emerge from a giant pipe in Rio dressed as the world’s most famous plumber, it felt like Tokyo had already hatched plans to put on an Olympic show like no other when its chance came four years later.

Coronavirus not only forced the summer Olympics to be extended by 12 months; it has guaranteed that nothing as whimsical as a cosplaying politician will be making a reappearance at the official start of the Tokyo 2020 Games.

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