Spirit of the 32nd Olympiad. Opening Ceremony Tokyo Olympics. Faster. Higher. Stronger.
Let's give a well deserved cheer that the city persevered and have, despite constant challenges, almost insurmountable obstacles and on-going covid set backs, delivered the greatest four-yearly international event in the sporting calendar. Athletes from all over the world performing at the most awe-inspiring levels of skill, fitness and sportsmanship, complete with triumphs, tragedies and glory for their countries.
TWO YEARS AGO I was in Tokyo and the tour guide proudly pointed out a giant 2020 sculpture overlooking the city. No-one could ever have imagined that a global pandemic would sweep over the world and the Games would be cancelled.
The soaring crescendo of Ravel's 'Bolero' in a socially distanced arena, gave majesty to the symbolic arrival of the Olympic Torch as it was carried high into the stadium and passed from the hands of school children; to gold medal athletes; to a doctor and nurse team who treated covid patients and a medal winning paraplegic athlete. Japan's four times tennis gold winner Naomi Osaka with her waist length red braids raised the torch to ignite the Olympic cauldron in a glittering globe at the top of a steep flight of lighted stairs.
John Lennon's inspirational anthem 'Imagine" was given voice by musical legends from all over the world; Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Oceania and reminded us,
"And the world will live as one."
Tokyo's skyline was illuminated by a technological masterpiece; 180 light carrying drones formed a dazzling globe and on Wings that Fly, thousands of paper doves filled the sky.
"Let the Games Commence."
Ellen Frazer-Jameson is a journalist, author, actress. theater producer and drama coach. She co hosted the largest live late night radio show in Europe for the BBC and has appeared on national TV shows and taken leading roles on stage. She lives in Miami and London and loves to dance Argentine tango.