Hungarian fencer Flora Pasztor, left, competes against Algeria’s Meriem Mebarki on July 25.
Marina Nekrasova, a gymnast from Azerbaijan, competes on the uneven bars during the qualification round on July 25.
Italy’s Alessandro Velotto moves the ball during a water polo match against South Africa on July 25.
German beach-volleyball players Julia Sude and Karla Borger play Switzerland’s Anouk Vergé-Dépré and Joana Heidrich in an empty Shiokaze Park on Saturday, July 24.
Iran’s Meisam Salehi serves during a volleyball match against Poland on July 24.
Hend Zaza, the youngest Olympian this summer, competes in table tennis on July 24. The 12-year-old Syrian was knocked out in the preliminary round, losing 4-0 to Austrian Jia Liu.
Japan’s Naohisa Takato, in blue, competes against Georgia’s Lukhumi Chkhvimiani during a judo quarterfinal on July 24. Takato would go on to claim Japan’s first gold medal of these Olympics, winning the 60-kilogram division by defeating Chinese Taipei’s Yang Yung-wei in the final.
Fans wait at the finish of the men’s cycling road race on July 24. The Fuji International Speedway, in Oyama, Japan, is one of the five Olympic venues open to fans this year.
Nigerian gymnast Uche Eke competes on the horizontal bar on July 24.
Chinese fencer Sun Yiwen celebrates with her coach Hugues Obry after winning gold in the épée on July 24.
A staff member picks up the mouthguard of Great Britain’s Peter McGrail during a boxing match on July 24.
China’s Yang Qian, the first gold-medal winner of these Olympics, celebrates on July 24. She finished first in the 10-meter air rifle.
Badminton players compete amid rows of empty seats on July 24.
American boxer Delante Johnson takes a punch from Argentina’s Brian Agustin Arregui during their welterweight bout on July 24. But Johnson won the fight 3-2.
Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka lights the Olympic cauldron at the end of the opening ceremony on Friday, July 23.
An overhead view of Osaka lighting the cauldron. The cauldron was designed in the shape of a cherry blossom.
Fireworks go off after Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron.
Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, makes a speech during the opening ceremony. At left is Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee.
The Olympic flag is raised near the end of the opening ceremony.
The Olympic flag is carried toward the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony.
Japanese jazz composer Hiromi Uehara plays the piano during the opening ceremony.
People carry the Olympic flag at the ceremony.
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito delivers a speech and formally opens the Olympic Games.
During one portion of the opening ceremony, there were 1,800 drones flying over the stadium to form a globe in the night sky. As the glowing drones soared over the stadium, performers sang “Imagine” by John Lennon.
Athletes from the United States march during the customary parade of nations.
Members of the Refugee Olympic Team march during the parade of nations.
Athletes from Team Norway take part in the parade of nations.
Athletes from various nations sit during the opening ceremony.
The Olympic teams from every country watch performers on stage.
Members of Hong Kong’s delegation pose for a selfie during the opening ceremony.
US athletes hold an American flag during the parade of nations.
Russian athletes pose for a photo during the opening ceremony.
Athletes from all nations gather inside the stadium after the parade of nations.
Tongan flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua made headlines for going shirtless at the 2016 and 2018 opening ceremonies, and he was at it again in Tokyo. He will be competing in taekwondo.
Team Kazakhstan walks out for the parade of nations.
French athletes march during the opening ceremony.
A member of Egypt’s delegation enters the stadium during the parade of nations.
British flag-bearers Hannah Mills and Mohamed Sbihi lead out the team during the opening ceremony’s parade of nations. Sbihi, a rower, made history as Great Britain’s first Muslim flag-bearer.
Greece’s athletes march into the stadium to kick off the parade of nations.
Dancers take part in the start of the opening ceremony.
People perform during the opening ceremony.
The Japanese flag is carried during the opening ceremony. After the Japanese National Anthem was sung, a moment of silence was called to remember the global victims of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Performers take part in the opening ceremony.
A performer acts during the opening ceremony.
Jill Biden, the first lady of the United States, takes part in a moment of silence during the opening ceremony.
The start of the ceremony reflected the isolated training that many athletes had to do during the pandemic.
A lone performer is seen during the start of the opening ceremony.
Fireworks explode over the stadium as the opening ceremony got underway.
A volunteer is seen in the mostly empty stadium on July 23. Organizers said that for the opening ceremony, only 950 VIPs would be present in a stadium that can seat nearly 70,000 people.
Fireworks light up the sky at the opening ceremony.
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