Tokyo 2020 Olympic Rings Unveiled at Mount Takao 100 Days Before Games

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Organizers unveil the Olympic rings at Mount Takao to mark 100 days to go until the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

When the coronavirus pandemic forced Tokyo last year to delay the Summer Olympics and Paralympics to July 2021, organizers kept the Tokyo 2020 name, saying they wanted the event to be seen as a “light at the end of the tunnel.” Covid-19 is still spreading but the Games appear to be going ahead, in what would be the biggest world event of the pandemic era. But they are almost certain to look like no other Olympics, with a bar on spectators from abroad and crowd limits to help make sure the spectacle doesn’t become a super spreader of global proportions. This means a financial hit for Japan, which has spent billions of dollars to host the games, but the cost could be far higher if the virus causes the first Olympics cancellation since World War II.

The games are supposed to take place from July 23 to Aug. 8. The Paralympics would begin Aug. 24. It would be the first staging of a modern Olympics in an odd-numbered year. This of course depends on the pandemic being contained to such an extent that the games can go forward. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said he’s determined to hold the games, putting the Tokyo area under a two-month state of emergency from January to stem infections. Organizers have said the 2020 Olympics will be canceled — not delayed again — if they can’t go ahead as scheduled.

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