Olympics Sport SPORTS GIST NAOMI OSAKA LIGHTS THE CAULDRON TO OPEN TOKYO OLYMPICS GAMES By Admin Posted on July 23, 2021 1 min read 0 0 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin By Aishat Momoh. O. After a year of pandemic delays and persistent coronavirus fears, Japanese tennis sensation Naomi Osaka ignited the Olympic cauldron as the Tokyo Games opened on Friday. In the highlight of a ceremony that was scaled back due to virus fears, Osaka hoisted the torch to the shimmering cauldron that had unfurled at the top of a ramp portraying Mount Fuji. After Covid-19 caused organizers to exclude crowds from all but a few locations, Japan’s Emperor Naruhito officially began the Games in an eerily deserted Olympic Stadium. A group of kids from the Fukushima region, which was devastated by a tsunami and nuclear tragedy in 2011, presented the torch to Osaka. It was a moving moment in a low-key ceremony that drew only a few hundred VIPs and tens of thousands of athletes.