On Monday ,August 8th, history’s most challenged Olympics finally comes to a close. This was marked with a ostentatious closing ceremony which was in stark contrast to how the games were actually conducted. The celebrations were also muted owing to a rising increase in the infections in Tokyo. So one might think that it would be unnecessary to conduct a hugely auspicious event that only comes around every four years in such a muted and pretentious fashion. But, this would be largely ignorant towards the needs of the athletes who are the stars of this particular Olympics.
The climax of of the biggest sporting event since the pandemic, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won the men’s marathon and the Us edged China in the Olympics medal tally. The US men’s team won their fourth consecutive basketball crown, US swimmer Caeleb Dressel assumed the mantle of Michael Phelps with five gold medals in the pool .Although the Olympics was plagued by low Japanese support as Tokyo went on to conduct the games as other cities declared a state of emergency, Japan’s record haul of 27 gold medals to finish third after USA and China has won hearts. Britain were fourth with an admirable tally of twenty two medals, and the Russian Olympic committee were close behind with twenty.
A wide array of new sports have been introduced including, Skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing and Karate which have brought about the likes of many young athletes who have taken social media by storm. Amidst the pandemic these past few months have been desolate with rising infection rates and more transmissible variants threatening to undo all the progress made so far. At a time like this the Tokyo Olympics offers something of great value at a time like this, hope.