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Going ahead with the Tokyo Olympics, which are scheduled to open on July 23, reflects not so much a decision as the lack of one.    © Illustration by Hiroko Oshima
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Athletes upstaged by political drama as Japan's COVID Olympics open

Strict regime of isolation, masks and testing has not prevented outbreaks

FRANCESCA REGALADO and RURIKA IMAHASHI, Nikkei staff writers | Japan

TOKYO -- A two-decade career and five years of waiting will all come down to one day for Hidilyn Diaz.

The 30-year-old weightlifter, who won the Philippines' only Olympic medal at the last Summer Games in Rio, was looking to upgrade her silver to gold at the 2020 Tokyo Games, winning a first-ever gold for her homeland. But in March last year, when the Japanese prime minister announced the Games would be postponed, Diaz was devastated.

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