Exactly a year before the new date of the Olympics launch, the Tokyo 2020 on July 23 released a video message that aims to give a glimmer of hope in the face of today’s pandemic.
The three-minute video, delivered by Japanese swimmer and leukemia patient Rikako Ikee, narrated the troubles athletes all over the world face or defeated due to health problems like hers.
Ikee, who is one of Japan’s leading athletes, also discussed how the pandemic affected the event as well as the participating sportsmen. It also showed heartwarming clips of Olympic and Paralympic athletes in a bid to show sports solidarity across the globe.
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“The future that we took for granted transformed, overnight, into something completely different,” she said.
“Sports is not just about the athletes. Sports show us the importance of solidarity,” Ikee added in the video.
The award-winning swimmer then enters the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo and raised the Olympic flame in the empty arena, with the closing message that read: “Hope fuels the flame.”
The Japanese government earlier postponed the Olympics to a year due to the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Photo credit: Tokyo 2020