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NAOMI OSAKA LIGHTS THE CAULDRON TO OPEN TOKYO OLYMPICS GAMES

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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.

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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.

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