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Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony held in near-empty stadium amid pandemic Updated: 2021-07-24 09:39:26 KST

The Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony officially kicked off on Friday, held without ordinary spectators due to the pandemic.
Only around 10-thousand people reportedly attended the ceremony, including VIPs, foreign guests, press, and the athletes.
Among those introduced at the ceremony were the South Korean team, with volleyball star Kim Yeon-koung and swimmer Hwang Sun-woo appearing as flagbearers.
Japan's global tennis star Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron.
Across Tokyo, anti-Olympic protests took place as COVID-19 cases are surging in Japan.
The Games will run until August 8th.
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