The family of Team USA flagbearer Eddy Alvarez cheered him on from the other side of the globe, in Miami. Athletes’ families couldn’t make the trip. More Instead of cheering crowds, it was mostly VIPs and dignitaries like first lady Jill Biden looking on.
The news of the new infections came just hours after the opening ceremony that ended with Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka lighting the Olympic cauldron. On Twitter she called it “undoubtedly the greatest athletic achievement and honor I will ever have in my life.” Of the 127 total cases, 14 have been among athletes, the Associated Press reported.
Instead of a global gathering of sports fans, the Olympic stadium was largely empty. Masked athletes marched through an eerily quiet stadium — from the largest delegation, the U.S., with more than 600 athletes — to the smallest. More than a dozen nations only sent two competitors. Seventeen new Olympic COVID-19 cases were reported on Saturday, bringing the total to 127, CBS News’ Jamie Yuccas reports for “CBS This Morning: Saturday.” Most of the new cases were among games contractors who live in Japan, and one was in an athlete.
Tokyo has been under a state of emergency since July 12, and the number of new daily cases have sharply climbed since then. Meanwhile, less than a quarter of Japan’s 126 million people are fully vaccinated. A moment of silence was held to honor the lives lost to COVID-19. And for the first time ever, 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Munich games were remembered. That message of solidarity, however, didn’t play on the streets. Protestors lined Tokyo, calling for the games to be canceled amid rising COVID cases. A recent poll shows more than half of Japanese citizens oppose the games going forward.
“Today is a moment of hope. Yes, it is very different from what all of us had imagined,” Bach said. “But finally we are all here together.” International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach opened the games by trying to put the pandemic in the past.
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