While only a few hundred dignitaries were present inside the New National Stadium for the Opening Ceremony in Tokyo on Friday night, the streets outside the stadium saw thousands of locals gather. to protest the upcoming Olympic Games.
The Olympics have faced significant opposition in Japan, where the coronavirus outbreak is ongoing.
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Fans have been barred from attending the torch relay in recent months, and are now unable to attend Olympic events. There have been concerns that the gathering of about 11,000 athletes could further increase the spread of the virus in the country. Then there’s the astronomical cost of hosting the Olympics – an expense that has blown away due to the year-long delay.
Notably, journalists inside the stadium reported that protest sounds could be heard during the opening ceremony.
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