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17 new Olympic-related COVID-19 cases reported, bringing total to 127

The Olympic torch is burning in Tokyo – almost exactly a year after the match was originally scheduled to be held. They have been delayed until now due to pandemic caused by corona virus corona.

But the virus is still covering the games. Opening ceremonies, parades of countries and traditions the light of the cauldron, held at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, has a capacity of 80,000 people. Less than 1,000 people attended.

17 new Olympic COVID-19 cases were reported on Saturday, bringing the total to 127, CBS News’ Jamie Yuccas reported for “CBS This Morning: Saturday.” Most of the new cases were among game contractors living in Japan, and one case was in athletes.

Out of a total of 127 cases, 14 were among athletes, the Associated Press reported.

News of the new infections came just hours after the opening ceremony ended with Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka lighting the Olympic cauldron. On Twitter, she calls it “Definitely the greatest sporting achievement and honor I have had in my life.”

Instead of a global gathering of sports fans, the Olympic stadium is virtually empty. The masked athletes marched through an eerily quiet stadium – from the largest troupe, the United States, with more than 600 athletes – to the smallest. More than a dozen countries sent only two opponents.

The family of Team USA flag bearer Eddy Alvarez cheered him on from across the globe, in Miami. The athlete’s family was unable to make the trip.

Instead of cheering crowds, it was mostly VIPs and dignitaries like first lady Jill Biden.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach opened the games by trying to put the pandemic in the past.

“Today is a moment of hope. Yes, it is very different from what we all imagined,” Bach said. “But in the end we’re all here together.”

However, that message of solidarity did not appear on the streets. Protesters have lined up in Tokyo, calling for games to be canceled amid a surge in COVID cases. A recent poll found that more than half of Japanese citizens oppose future games.

Tokyo has been under a state of emergency since July 12, and the number of daily new cases has risen sharply since then. Meanwhile, less than a quarter of Japan’s 126 million people are fully immunized.

A moment of silence was held in honor of the lives lost to COVID-19. And for the first time, 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Munich matches have been remembered.

Competitions have now begun in earnest, including new Olympic sports like surfing, skateboarding and 3-vs-three basketball, starting on Saturday. In a 3-on-3 match, US female tennis player Katie Lou Samuelson never made it to Tokyo after testing positive for COVID-19. She said this week, while announcing the news, she was heartbroken and devastated.

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