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Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony holds moment of silence for Covid-19 victims

After the Japanese national anthem was sung at the #Tokyo2020 Olympic Opening Ceremony, a moment of silence was called to remember the global victims of the Covid-19 pandemic.

7/23/2021 3:30:00 PM

After the Japanese national anthem was sung at the Tokyo2020 Olympic Opening Ceremony, a moment of silence was called to remember the global victims of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics formally kicks off with the Opening Ceremony after the Games were delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Follow here for the latest news on the Summer Olympics.

After a year of delays and uncertainty, the Olympics formally kick off todayThe floor of Olympic Stadium is lit before the start of the opening ceremony July 23, in Tokyo. David J. Phillip/APIt's Friday, July 23. The Olympic Games are about to formally begin, and here's what you need to know.

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It's go time:A year after their scheduled start date, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (they kept the 2020 branding) are set to begin. The Games officially kick off Friday night Japan time with the opening ceremony, putting an endto months of speculation over

whether the event would even able to go ahead as Japan struggles to rein in Covid-19.Thursday saw Tokyo record 1,979 new Covid cases — the highest daily number since Jan. 15. As of Thursday, there have been 110 positive cases linked to the Games as those arriving in Tokyo undergo a rigorous testing program. headtopics.com

A handful of athletes have seen their dreams dashed after testing positive for the virus, forcing them to withdraw from competition. Most competitors spend years, if not most of their lives, training to reach the Olympics — and about 70% of them only get the opportunity once,

according to Dick Pound, the longest-serving member of the International Olympic Committee.The dignitaries arrive:French President Emmanuel Macron, whose country will host the next Summer Games in 2024, has arrived in Tokyo for the opening ceremony. First Lady Jill Biden is also traveling to the Japanese capital. She's scheduled to meet with Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace ahead of the opening ceremony.

However, the number of dignitaries in attendance will be much smaller than previous years. Organizers said only 950 VIPs will be present in a stadium that can seat nearly 70,000 people. While athletes normally enter the stadium to a crowd of roaring fans, they'll instead be greeted by mostly empty seats — a stark, visual reminder of the pandemic's toll.

What's on schedule:Friday in Japan is pretty light. There are no medals up for grabs, but archery and rowing have preliminary competitions. The Games kick off in earnest Saturday morning Japan time, which is Friday night on the US East Coast. Scroll down to check out what events are coming Friday US time. headtopics.com

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Tokyo virus cases hit 6-month high 2 days before Games openTokyo’s COVID-19 infections have surged to a six-month high with the Olympic host city logging 1,832 new cases just two days before the Games open. can someone whose feeling generous pls send me a couple bucks to make dinner im dizzy hungry n havent had a square meal in nearly a week & all my money went to trying to avoid being evicted which didnt work pls share cashapp: $swgyrob Will not turn out well! Population 14M. That’s less than a .01% infection rate. Lmfaooooo

U.S. volleyball Olympian tests positive for Covid at Tokyo OlympicsWord of Crabb’s diagnosis came as the competition in the Olympics got underway ahead of Friday's official opening. Why are we still having the Olympics? SweetPea0763 Congratulations Bucks. SocialistDistancing…. Not Can’t spell Fauci without FU

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Tokyo new virus cases near 2,000 a day before Olympics openTokyo has hit another six-month high in new COVID-19 cases one day before the Olympics begin, as worries grow of a worsening of infections during the Games Does Japan not have vaccines? Did they spend billions on the Olympics and nothing on vaccinating people?