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TOKYO — In some ways, the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics looks very normal. Delegations of athletes decked out in clothes representing their countries march triumphantly into the stadium, waving flags. A beautifully choreographed spectacle from the host country, Japan, celebrates its art and traditions.
But these are not normal times. The fanfare and celebration are unfolding in a virtually empty stadium, as Japanese protesters gathered nearby to register their discontent over the world’s largest sports event happening amid a raging pandemic.
The organizers faced a challenge in striking the right tone at the official start of these postponed Games.