No fans, fewer athletes: Tokyo Olympics set for strange opening ceremony

A Chinese gymnast.

A Chinese gymnast takes part in a training session at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo on July 22, 2021, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.

Photo credit: Lionel Bonaventure | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Just 1,000 dignitaries will be present at the 68,000-seat Olympic Stadium for the traditional extravaganza, usually a time of celebration for the host nation.
  • This time around, after a year's pandemic delay, the Japanese public is largely locked out and distrustful of the Games, fearing an influx of infections from the foreign visitors.

Tokyo, Japan

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