With the first match tomorrow, the Olympics will start despite the covid-19

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After staggering to near extinction due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Olympic torch will finally shine in Tokyo and in their stadiums a year late, starting July 23, for two weeks of sports competitions under the threat of covid-19.

It is perhaps the most important and expected daily count of the Tokyo Olympic Games (23 July-8 August), the first worldwide event organized since the beginning of the pandemic.

More than the medal table, the whole world – especially Japan, whose population has been hostile to these ‘Pandemic Games’ from the start – will probe the daily numbers of covid-19 cases among athletes, volunteers and other participants of the Olympics.

As of July 1, the Tokyo-2020 organizing committee has registered 55 positive cases, including the first two athletes residing in the Olympic Village on Sunday.

To reassure public opinion, which mostly preferred a further postponement or cancellation of the Games, the Japanese authorities took drastic measures: daily tests for athletes, mandatory use of masks for all, meetings limited to a minimum in the Olympic Village, prohibition to the relatives of foreign athletes to go to Japan and, finally, never seen before in the history of the Olympics: almost total absence of public.

The Tokyo Games, postponed for a year on March 20, 2020 – another unprecedented move in Olympic history – will be held without spectators.