The Olympic torch is burning in Tokyo — almost exactly a year after the game was originally scheduled to take place.They were late until now..
But the virus is still clouding the game.Opening ceremony featuring national parade and traditional stuff, Was held at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium, which has a capacity of 80,000 people. There were less than 1,000 attendees.
Seventeen new Olympic COVID-19 cases were reported on Saturday, bringing the total to 127. Jamie Yuccas of CBS News reports on “CBS This Morning: Saturday”. Most of the new cases were among game contractors living in Japan, and one was an athlete.
Of the 127 cases in total, 14 were athletes, according to the Associated Press.
News of the new infectious disease arrived just hours after the opening ceremony, when Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic torch. She called it on Twitter “Undoubtedly, it’s the best exercise achievement and honor I’ve ever experienced.”
Instead of a global gathering of sports fans, the Olympic Stadium was almost empty. Masked athletes marched through an eerily quiet stadium, from the United States, the largest delegation with more than 600 athletes, to the smallest stadium. More than a dozen countries sent only two competitors.
The family of Eddie Alvarez, the flag bearer of Team USA, cheered him from the other side of the globe in Miami. The athlete’s family was unable to travel.
Instead of cheering on the crowd, it was mainly seen by senior officials like VIP and First Lady Jill Biden.
International Olympic Committee Chairman Thomas Bach has started the game in the past in an attempt to cause a pandemic.
“Today is a moment of hope. Yes, it’s very different from what we all imagined,” Bach said. “But finally we are all here together.”
However, the message of solidarity did not play on the street. Protesters lined up in Tokyo and demanded that the game be canceled as COVID cases increased. Recent polls show that more than half of the Japanese are against future games.
Tokyo has been in a state of emergency since July 12, and since then the number of new cases has skyrocketed every day. On the other hand, less than a quarter of Japan’s 126 million people are fully vaccinated.
A silent prayer was held to honor the life lost in COVID-19. And for the first time, 11 Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Munich Games are remembered.
The competition will begin in earnest, including new Olympic sports such as surfing, skateboarding and 3v3 basketball starting on Saturday. In the case of 3 to 3, US female player Katie Lou Samuelson never arrived in Tokyo after testing positive for COVID-19. While she released the news this week, she said she was grieved and devastated.
17 new Olympic-related COVID-19 cases reported, bringing the total to 127
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