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කොවිඩ් මැද ඔලිම්පික් ඇරඹෙයි (PHOTOS)

වසරක ප්‍රමාදයකින් පසුව හා අභියෝග රැසක් මධ්‍යයේ ලොවක් බලා සිටි 2020 ටෝකියෝ ඔලිම්පික් ක්‍රීඩා උළෙල උත්සවාකාරයෙන් අද පස්වරුවේ ආරම්භ කෙරුණා. ඒ, ජපානයේ ටෝකියෝ ඔලිම්පික් ක්‍රිඩාංගනයේදීයි. පවතින කොරෝනා අවදානම මධ්‍යයේ නරඹන්නන්ගෙන් තොරව මෙවර ඔලිම්පික් උළෙල ආරම්භ වීම ඔලිම්පික් ඉතිහාසයට ද එක්වනු ඇති.

 

කෙසේවෙතත් අලංකාර ගිනිකෙළි සංදර්ශනයකින් විචිත්‍රවත් වෙමින් උළෙලේ කටයුතු ආරම්භ කෙරුණා. වෙනදාට ප්‍රේක්ෂකයින්ගේ ඔල්වරසන් මැද සමාරම්භක උලෙලට එක්වන ක්‍රීඩකයින් අදත් ප්‍රේක්ෂකයින් නොමැති වුවත් සුපුරුදු පරිදි සිය රටේ ජාතික ධජය අතැතිව ඔලිම්පික් සමාරම්භයට එක්වීම කැපී පෙනෙන සිද්ධියක්.

මේවනවිට ඔලිම්පික් උළෙලට සම්බන්ධ පුද්ගලයින්ගෙන් කොරෝනා ආසාදිත බවට තහවුරු වී ඇති සංඛ්‍යාව 106 ක්. ටෝකියෝ නුවරට පැමිණ සිටින ක්‍රීඩක ක්‍රීඩිකාවන් 11 දෙනෙකුට ද කොරෝනා වෛරසය ආසාදනය වී ඇති බවටයි මේවනවිට තහවුරු වී ඇත්තේ.

සමාරම්භක අවස්ථාව සඳහා විශේෂ ආරාධිතයින් ලෙස අමෙරිකානු ජනාධිපති ආර්යා ජිල් බයිඩ්න් සහ ප්‍රංශ ජනාධිපති එම්මානුවෙල් මැක්රන් ටෝකියේ නුවරට පැමිණ සිටි බවයි විදෙස් වාර්තා පැවසුවේ.

එළඹෙන සති දෙක තුලදී රටවල් 207 ක් නියෝජනය කරමින් ක්‍රීඩක ක්‍රීඩිකාවන් 11,300 ක් රන්, රිදී සහ ලෝකඩ පදක්කම් වෙනුවෙන් තරග කරනු ඇති.

The Tokyo Olympics began with a bang as fireworks exploded over an otherwise eerily quiet arena after crowds were banned with less than 1,000 dignitaries, delegates, and VIPs in attendance

Fireworks explode over the main Olympic stadium in Tokyo as the Opening Ceremony gets underway, a year after the event was delayed due to the Covid pandemic

Flag bearers Hannah Mills and Mohamed Sbihi of Team Great Britain leads their team out during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Australia's flag bearers Patty Mills and Cate Campbell lead their delegation as they parade during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Wooden Olympic rings made from the wood of trees planted the last time Tokyo hosted the Olympics are brought into the main arena during the Opening Ceremony

Performers take part in the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, a year after it was scheduled due to Covid delays

Olympic rings are formed during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium

Fireworks go off inside the stadium during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

Fireworks go off and performers dance during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium

Japan's Emperor Naruhito, the Games' guest of honour, waves to the small crowd of VIPs and special guests in the stadium

President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach (centre), Japanese Emperor Naruhito (second right) and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (far right) enter the Olympic arena as during the opening ceremony

A group of performers carry out a routine during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

A routine featuring traditional Japanese woodworkers which built much of Japan's infrastructure before the introduction of concrete and steel in the modern era

Performers play traditional Japanese woodworkers, symbolizing the country's history during the opening ceremony

The national anthem is performed during the opening ceremony of the Covid-delayed 2020 Olympics in Japan

Japan raises its flag in the Olympic Stadium as the national anthem is sung during the opening ceremony

 

The Japanese flag is raised over the main Olympic stadium in Tokyo during the opening ceremony

The image of a single athlete rising from the ground with a plant shoot behind them began the opening ceremony, symbolizing hope that springs anew in the face of adversity

An opening dance routine showed performers entangled in a web of red threads, symbolizing the fear and anxiety that many have been through in the last 18 months

Performances dance during a light show during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Dancers take part in the opening performance of the ceremony, which featured the theme of sport overcoming adversity

Performers are seen during the opening ceremony taking place in Tokyo after a year of pandemic delays

Performers take part in the Olympics opening ceremony in Tokyo on Friday night as the Covid-delayed games got underway

Flag bearers Malia Paseka and Pita Taufatofua of Team Tonga lead their team out during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Yusra Mardini and Tachlowini Gabriyesos, of the Refugee Olympic Team, carry the Olympic flag during the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Sports fans gather outside Tokyo's main stadium to take pictures in front of the Olympic rings and soak in the atmosphere ahead of the Olympics opening ceremony

Olympic super-fan Kyoko Ishikawa, who has attended every Summer Olympics in the past 30 years, celebrates outside Tokyo's main stadium as the Games finally comes to her country

Japanese display team Blue Impulse take part in an aerial show over Tokyo's Olympic stadium ahead of the opening ceremony

Blue Impulse display jets release coloured smoke over Tokyo hours before the main Opening Ceremony is due to take place

Crowds point their cameras at the sky as jets from the Blue Impulse display team perform in the skies over Tokyo

Japanese sports fans have put aside their worries about rising Covid cases in the city to gather outside the Olympic stadium

A woman in traditional clothing looks on from behind a fence prior to the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games

A giant digital clock in Tokyo counts down to the start of the opening ceremony as fans gather in front of it