Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka has lit the flame to finally open the 2020 Olympic Games. a tumultuous year, the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony officially got way, albeit a year late. Because fears of a fifth wave of Covid-19 cases Japan's capital, it has been touch and go as to whether or not the Summer Games would go ahead. The pandemic has already greatly impacted the event. It now takes place no fans in attendance and several athletes having to withdraw testing positive. Japan still hopes the Games will showcase its culture the world. The Opening Ceremony drew a close around midnight Japan a spectacular fireworks display illuminating Tokyo's night sky.
According to Tokyo 2020 organizers, 950 people attended the opening ceremony. This is a venue with a capacity 68,000. Attendees included Japan's Emperor Naruhito, the US First Lady Jill Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron. Emperor Naruhito declared the Games officially open. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said: "It is very different what all us had imagined, but let us cherish this moment because finally we are all here together. Today is a moment hope." Naomi Osaka later tweeted her excitement lighting the flame. She said it was: "Undoubtedly the greatest athletic achievement and honour I will ever have my life."