*Pope Francis said its a “sign of hope” and “universal brotherhood”
Posted by JUSTOURS News Tokyo 2020 Olympics which opened with excitement in Tokyo, Japan at the weekend was able to attract high profile personalities from around the world including wife of the United States President, Jill Biden and Prime Minister of France, Emmanuel Macron. Surprisingly, the summer Olympics recorded a low turnout and expectations. For the first time in the history of modern Olympics there was no medals for Team USA on day one at the global event. Moreover, the Olympics had faced opposition in Japan over fears the global gathering of 11,000 athletes could trigger a super-spreader event.
Organisers have put strict virus measures in place, banning overseas fans for the first time ever, and keeping domestic spectators out of all but a handful of venues.
Athletes, support staff and media are subject to strict Covid-19 protocols, including regular testing and daily health checks.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis said Sunday he hoped the Tokyo Olympics, which opened Friday, would be a sign of hope and “universal brotherhood” during the coronavirus pandemic raging around the world.
“In this period of pandemic, let these games be a sign of hope, a sign of universal brotherhood and of a healthy competitive spirit,” the pontiff said at the end of the Angelus prayer.
“May God bless the organizers, the athletes and all those who are collaborating for this great celebration of sport,” he told faithful gathered on Saint Peter’s Square.
The Games opened officially on Friday in a nearly empty stadium after being postponed for a year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. (AFP)