Tokyo, December 1
The five Olympic rings are back in Tokyo Bay. They were removed for maintenance four months ago shortly after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The rings arrived today after a short cruise from nearby Yokohama and are positioned on a barge in the shadow on Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge. The rings — painted blue, black, red, green, and yellow — are gigantic, around 50 feet tall and 100 feet in length.
The rings were lit at night to herald the coming of the Tokyo Olympics, which are to open on July 23, 2021, followed by the Paralympics on August 24. The rings made their first appearance early in 2020, just a few months before the Olympics were postponed late in March. The reappearance of the rings is the latest sign that organisers and the International Olympic Committee are increasingly confident that 15,400 Olympics and Paralympics athletes can safely enter Japan during the pandemic. These Olympics are sure to be like no other. They will hinge partly on the availability of vaccines and rapid testing for Covid-19. — AP