The Tokyo Olympics' Somber Opening Ceremony Was Saved—Barely—by the Athletes

The Tokyo Olympics' Somber Opening Ceremony Was Saved—Barely—by the Athletes

The typical 21st-century Olympics opening ceremony is a lot. Yet the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games (which we are still, confusingly, referring to with the year 2020) opened on a far more somber, muted note. Flag bearers Nadia Eke and Sulemanu Tetteh of Team Ghana during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Getty Images—2021 Getty ImagesThe more formal portions of the ceremony were not entirely without highlights. Flag bearers Malia Paseka and Pita Taufatofua of Team Tonga lead their team during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 23, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. This is not to say that our excitement for the athletes should drown out the many major, legitimate concerns that have been raised about 2021’s 2020 Olympics.

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