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Tokyo Olympics officially underway despite threat of Covid-19

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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20 July 2021, Japan, Tokio: In the evening twilight Olympic rings stand in front of the Olympic Stadium. The Olympic Stadium is the sports venue of the opening ceremony and closing ceremony as well as for the track and field athletes and football. The Olympic Games 2020 Tokyo will take place from 23.07.2021 to 08.08.2021. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa/Sipa USA

After a delay of more than a year due to the pandemic, the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are finally underway.

Organizers decided to push ahead despite Japan's struggle to rein in the spread of Covid-19, and with just two days until the formal opening, it is still not clear whether the public health measures in place are enough to prevent the Games from becoming a global superspreader event.

World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who is in Tokyo for the Games, expressed confidence Japan could safely host the event in a speech to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), though its plans would be "put to the test. "

The IOC is expected to approve on Wednesday its newest Olympic host city: Brisbane, Australia.

The IOC expressed confidence in Brisbane's bid after the city on Australia's Gold Coast successfully hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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