Tokyo 2020: Recovery Games to open under the shadow of pandemic

No spectators but lots of heat, public anger and scandals as delayed Olympics start

Hiroshima-born Yoshinori Sakai jogged up the 163 steps of the Japan National Stadium to light the Olympic cauldron on Oct 10, 1964, epitomising Japan's commitment to reconstruction and peace. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Pedestrians in front of an Olympic Games signage in Tokyo on Wednesday. The Japanese capital logged 1,979 coronavirus cases yesterday in a six-month high, and many in the country have started to question the priorities of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and the International Olympic Committee. PHOTO: REUTERS
Pedestrians in front of an Olympic Games signage in Tokyo on Wednesday. The Japanese capital logged 1,979 coronavirus cases yesterday in a six-month high, and many in the country have started to question the priorities of Prime Minister Yoshihide Sug
Hiroshima-born Yoshinori Sakai jogged up the 163 steps of the Japan National Stadium to light the Olympic cauldron on Oct 10, 1964, epitomising Japan’s commitment to reconstruction and peace.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

It was Oct 10, 1964.

Singapore would not be independent for another 10 months. Elvis Presley and Bruce Lee were at the apex of their careers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2021, with the headline 'Tokyo 2020: Recovery Games to open under the shadow of pandemic'. Subscribe