This was the spectacular lighting of the Olympic fire; Naomi Osaka the chosen one

This was the spectacular lighting of the Olympic fire;  Naomi Osaka the chosen one

Naomi Osaka ascended to the top of an interpretation of Mount Fuji and lit the cauldron at the top

Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka was in charge of lighting the Tokyo 2020 Olympic flame, after a brief tour of different relays made up of former Japanese athletes, health personnel on the front line against Covid-19, a Paralympic athlete and promising young sports in that nation.

The second best racket in the world, aged 23, closed the opening ceremony of the XXXII Olympiad After a scale interpretation of Mount Fuji, located in the Tokyo Olympic Stadium, revealed a hidden staircase in its structure and discovered the cauldron at its top, which burned with reddish tones and will remain in this way until the conclusion of the fair.

The powerful arm that puts the ball out of the reach of its rivals illuminated the Pandemic Games on a magical night for Japan. Those of uncertainty. For athletes, as for emotionally insecure people, a moment of self-assertion can change everything. Today’s could propel Osaka to the top of the Olympic podium. The first step awaits her on Sunday against the Chinese Zheng Saisai.

Winner of four Grand Slam tournaments, the last of them in February in Australia, Osaka stood in May at Roland Garros and announced that she would not give press conferences. He alluded to mental health issues, but sticks rained down on him anyway. The tournament fined her and she chose to withdraw. More clubs and certain accusations arrived of behaving like a diva and wanting to escape the control of the press, despite being a tennis professional and earning a lot of money.

Some athletes of the same category who knew depression or emotional instability, such as Michael Phelps, sympathized with her. So did Michelle Obama.

Osaka also resigned from Wimbledon and stayed away from the spotlight until he reappeared two weeks before the Games. and wrote a statement that was a plea: “Nothing happens for not being well.”

He thus tried to naturalize mental problems and the possibility of talking about them without euphemisms. By doing so, he could have saved a life, as Phelps commented.

Finally he cleared the doubts about his participation in the Games, “after a few weeks to recharge batteries and spend time with loved ones.”

“I have had time to reflect, but also to look forward,” he wrote. “I couldn’t be more excited to play in Tokyo. An Olympic Games in themselves are special, but having the opportunity to play in front of Japanese fans is a dream come true,” she added, before knowing that the public would finally be banned from the stadiums.

At 23, Osaka is both a great athlete and a benchmark.

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