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Troubled 8 Years Leading Up to Tokyo Olympics (1)

Troubled 8 Years Leading Up to Tokyo Olympics (1)

   The Tokyo Olympic Games, set to open on July 23, have been hit by a series of problems and scandals since the Japanese capital won its bid to host the huge sporting event on Sept. 7, 2013.
   The long list includes alleged bribery during the bidding process, cancellation of a costly construction plan for a new National Stadium designed by world-famous architect Zaha Hadid and an unprecedented postponement due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
   To cap it all, most of the Games' events will be held without spectators as Tokyo is under a coronavirus state of emergency.
   In a series of six stories, Jiji Press reviews the troubled eight years leading up to the Tokyo Olympics, which will go ahead despite persisting public opposition to holding the event this summer.

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