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The Olympics come to a close in the same way they started: strangely.

A large round of applause was requested by the announcer as the competitors completed their procession into the stadium to conclude the 32nd Summer Olympics on Sunday night. It was difficult to make much of a statement since there were just not enough people in the stands to do so. Furthermore, the most eye-catching component of the event, a creation of the five Olympic rings made up of tiny points of light, was completely invisible from the stands during the live broadcast of the ceremony in the stadium. Special effects were only seen on big screens and in front of television viewers to fully appreciate their enchantment.

A decreased number of athletes waving to cameras and volunteer dancers rather than fans has resulted in one of the strangest Olympics in recent memory, with empty rows of seats serving as a pandemic reminder. In other words, it came to a conclusion at the exact same moment it began! A message on the healing effect of the Olympic Games is shared here.

When Simone Biles announced her intention not to compete in most of her gymnastics competitions while also speaking publicly about mental health problems, the internet erupted in excitement. Olympiads were the first time that new sports such as skateboarding and surfing were introduced to the world.

The numbers from NBCUniversal in the United States, the largest broadcaster at the Games, showed significant drops compared to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. NBCUniversal’s numbers showed that the Japanese public and international audiences had embraced the Olympics following months of controversy. A lower percentage of people tuned in to watch the Games in Japan than when the country hosted the Games for the first time back in 1964.

When the flames of the torch were extinguished and the competitors filed out of the stadium, maybe the most lasting impact of the Tokyo Games would be the way it brought home the high expense of holding an Olympics in Japan.

According to Shihoko Goto, a senior associate for northeast Asia at the Wilson Center, a Washington-based research institute, the question for future hosts is “whether the people of those governments are behind the government effort and the sacrifices that must be made in order to put on these big events,” she explained.

Jonathan James
I serve as a Senior Executive Journalist of The National Era
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