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A lightning looks over the statue of the Olympics rings installed near a park being prepared for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Sunday, July 11, 2021. The opening ceremony of the postponed 2020 Summer Olympics is scheduled to be held in less than two weeks. AP
A lightning looks over the statue of the Olympics rings installed near a park being prepared for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Sunday, July 11, 2021. The opening ceremony of the postponed 2020 Summer Olympics is scheduled to be held in less than two weeks. AP
Tokyo 2020 staff members transfer the flame from an Olympic lantern during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame at Machida Shibahiro, on the first day of the torch relay in Tokyo on July 9. AFP
Tokyo 2020 staff members transfer the flame from an Olympic lantern during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame at Machida Shibahiro, on the first day of the torch relay in Tokyo on July 9. AFP
Torches are pictured during a lighting ceremony after the torch relay on a public road was cancelled due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay celebration in Tokyo, Japan, July 9. REUTERS
Torches are pictured during a lighting ceremony after the torch relay on a public road was cancelled due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay celebration in Tokyo, Japan, July 9. REUTERS
A security guard wearing a mask to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus stands at a wall with Tokyo 2020 Olympics mascot Miraitowa Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Tokyo. The Olympics begin July 23. AP
A security guard wearing a mask to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus stands at a wall with Tokyo 2020 Olympics mascot Miraitowa Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Tokyo. The Olympics begin July 23. AP
A woman wearing a protective mask, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, is reflected on a metal bar on an advertisement for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, July 7, 2021. REUTERS
A woman wearing a protective mask, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, is reflected on a metal bar on an advertisement for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, July 7, 2021. REUTERS
Commuters wearing face masks walk in a passageway during a rush hour at Shinagawa Station Monday, July 12, 2021, in Tokyo. Japan declared the fourth state of emergency for Tokyo from Monday until Aug. 22. AP
Commuters wearing face masks walk in a passageway during a rush hour at Shinagawa Station Monday, July 12, 2021, in Tokyo. Japan declared the fourth state of emergency for Tokyo from Monday until Aug. 22. AP
The Japan Coast Guard conducts a drill to simulate the response to a suspicious boat in the water off the athletes' village for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan July 12. Kyodo/via REUTERS
The Japan Coast Guard conducts a drill to simulate the response to a suspicious boat in the water off the athletes' village for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan July 12. Kyodo/via REUTERS
General view of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing area and saliva sample collection room at the Tokyo Olympic Main Press Center in Tokyo, Japan, July 12. REUTERS
General view of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing area and saliva sample collection room at the Tokyo Olympic Main Press Center in Tokyo, Japan, July 12. REUTERS
A police officer stands at empty race track after the unveiling ceremony for Olympic Flame of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay at Komazawa Olympic Park, which was initially built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, Friday, July 9, 2021, in Tokyo. AP
A police officer stands at empty race track after the unveiling ceremony for Olympic Flame of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay at Komazawa Olympic Park, which was initially built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, Friday, July 9, 2021, in Tokyo. AP
Anti-Olympics protesters react with signs and banners outside the event venue of the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay, in Tokyo, Japan July 9. REUTERS
Anti-Olympics protesters react with signs and banners outside the event venue of the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay, in Tokyo, Japan July 9. REUTERS
Women wearing protective masks, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, walk past a large-scale reproduction of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games medal at Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower in Tokyo, Japan, July 14. REUTERS
Women wearing protective masks, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, walk past a large-scale reproduction of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games medal at Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower in Tokyo, Japan, July 14. REUTERS
People walk by posters to promote Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. The Olympic Games are scheduled to begin on July 23. AP
People walk by posters to promote Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. The Olympic Games are scheduled to begin on July 23. AP
Simone Biles walks to her gate for her flight to the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo as United Airlines employees wave flags during a send-off event for the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team at the San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday, July 14. AP
Simone Biles walks to her gate for her flight to the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo as United Airlines employees wave flags during a send-off event for the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team at the San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday, July 14. AP
A police officer, right, patrols near the entrance to the athlete's village for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, Thursday, July 15, 2021, in Tokyo. The pandemic-delayed games open on July 23 without spectators at most venues. AP
A police officer, right, patrols near the entrance to the athlete's village for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, Thursday, July 15, 2021, in Tokyo. The pandemic-delayed games open on July 23 without spectators at most venues. AP
Players of kenya's volleyball national team pose in a bus at Hamad International Airport in Doha on July 8, 2021, as they transit to Japan to attend Tokyo 2020 Olympic games. AFP
Players of kenya's volleyball national team pose in a bus at Hamad International Airport in Doha on July 8, 2021, as they transit to Japan to attend Tokyo 2020 Olympic games. AFP
Hua Zhang, of the China Media Group, wears protective goggles while riding a media bus ahead the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Tokyo. The state of emergency will be in effect throughout the entire duration of the Olympics, which open on July 23. AP
Hua Zhang, of the China Media Group, wears protective goggles while riding a media bus ahead the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Tokyo. The state of emergency will be in effect throughout the entire duration of the Olympics, which open on July 23. AP
Torchbearers sit in a vehicle as they wait for the start of a lighting ceremony during which they pass the flame to the next torchbearers via a torch kiss, after their relay on a public road was cancelled due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay celebration in Tokyo, Japan, July 9. REUTERS
Torchbearers sit in a vehicle as they wait for the start of a lighting ceremony during which they pass the flame to the next torchbearers via a torch kiss, after their relay on a public road was cancelled due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay celebration in Tokyo, Japan, July 9. REUTERS
Kabukicho, Tokyo's entertainment district, is seen from a bus ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Tokyo. The state of emergency will be in effect throughout the entire duration of the Olympics, which open on July 23. AP
Kabukicho, Tokyo's entertainment district, is seen from a bus ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Tokyo. The state of emergency will be in effect throughout the entire duration of the Olympics, which open on July 23. AP
A person wearing a protective mask takes a picture from an observation deck as National Stadium, where the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be held in less than two weeks is seen in the background Saturday, July 10, 2021, in Tokyo. AP
A person wearing a protective mask takes a picture from an observation deck as National Stadium, where the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be held in less than two weeks is seen in the background Saturday, July 10, 2021, in Tokyo. AP
A view of the empty National Stadium, the main stadium of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, in Tokyo, Japan, 15 July 2021. The pandemic-delayed 2020 Summer Olympics are schedule to open on July 23 with spectators banned from most Olympic events due to COVID-19 surge. EPA
A view of the empty National Stadium, the main stadium of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, in Tokyo, Japan, 15 July 2021. The pandemic-delayed 2020 Summer Olympics are schedule to open on July 23 with spectators banned from most Olympic events due to COVID-19 surge. EPA
The Olympic Rings are displayed in Tokyo's Nihonbashi district on July 10. AFP
The Olympic Rings are displayed in Tokyo's Nihonbashi district on July 10. AFP
Shim Hyun-chul shim@koreatimes.co.kr


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