Brian O’Connor: Tokyo’s Covid Olympics are an absurd exercise in greed

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The Japanese flag flies in front of the athlete’s village in Tokyo. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Getty

The Japanese flag flies in front of the athlete’s village in Tokyo. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Getty

Coming after the second World War, the 1948 Olympics in London were known as the austerity games. Moscow in 1980 is popularly remembered as the boycott Olympics.

LA in 1984 is famed for somehow turning a profit. Tokyo 2020 starts a year late on Friday and is notable even before it has begun for a sense of something almost sinister.

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