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Fireworks explode as performers form the Olympic rings during the opening ceremony. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)
Tokyo 2020 Olympics

In Pictures: Tokyo 2020 Olympics open after one-year delay

Largest-ever Games press on without spectators despite COVID concerns

KEN KOBAYASHI, Nikkei Asia photo editor | Japan

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Olympics officially opened on the evening of July 23, after a year of delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite various restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of the virus and lingering public concerns, a record 11,090 athletes from more than 200 countries and regions are taking part in an Olympiad unlike any in history.

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