In a masked city of skyscrapers and shrines has begun a great unveiling. In Tokyo the world's talent is about to be revealed and a planet's grit paraded but mostly to silence and relative disinterest.
A sporting festival two centuries old still has its grip on us but it just might be a bit more tenuous. Every Games is measured through numbers but this time there is a grim twist. Before we calculate medals we will count cases.
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