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Tokyo Olympics, one year late, are finally about to happen

The opening ceremonies are just days away. Let the Summer Games begin at last.

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Tokyo 2020 flag
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Tokyo was to host the Olympic Games in the summer of 2020, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the events were postponed. Still under the banner of Tokyo 2020, they'll now take place from July 23 through Aug. 8, 2021. 

Take a look here at all the venues where athletes from around the world will be competing at the culmination of their years of training and devotion to their sport. Though fans were refunded for tickets they'd bought and won't be allowed to cheer the athletes on in person, the "2020 Olympics" may just be the feel-good distraction the world needs right now.

Olympic rings in front of the Olympic Stadium
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Olympic rings stand in front of the Olympic Stadium, where the opening and closing ceremonies will take place. 

Japan Self Defense Forces truck and personnel
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In the days ahead of the Olympics, Tokyo braced itself for a Games without foreign fans or local attendance and a population enduring its fourth state of emergency amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here a Japan Self Defense Forces vehicle is seen at Tokyo International Forum.

Protesters with a "No Olympics" sign
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Protesters gathered to demonstrate amid concern over the safety of holding the Games during the pandemic.

Police arrest a protester
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During a demonstration on July 17 calling for cancellation of the Games, police officers block an activist outside the hotel where Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, is staying. 

TInternational Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach
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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach at a news conference following an executive board meeting.

COVID-19 countermeasures sign
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To help ensure a safe event, authorities are reminding people about COVID-19 protocols.

Temperature check
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Journalists get their temperature checked as they enter the IBC/MPC Tokyo International Exhibition Centre.

COVID-19 testing site
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Testing is a big part of the safety protocol. Here's a test sample collection room in the IBC/MPC Tokyo International Exhibition Centre.

Aerial view of Tokyo and the Olympic Stadium
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This aerial photo shows the Tokyo skyline and the Olympic Stadium, the main venue.

Tokyo 2020 banners with Mount Fuji in the background
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Japan's highest peak, Mount Fuji, is seen behind Tokyo 2020 flags. It's pretty strange seeing the year "2020" emblazoned on all of the signage around Tokyo, when the event was delayed by a year.

Ferris wheel near the Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre
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A Ferris wheel might be a great place to watch some of the action below at the Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre.

Tatsumi Water Polo Centre
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This is the Tatsumi Water Polo Centre.

Miyagi Stadium
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This is Miyagi Stadium in Rifu. 

Rowers practice at the Sea Front Waterway
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Rowers practice at the Sea Front Waterway on Monday, July 19.

Flags of many nations
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Flags fly at  the Tokyo Olympics beach volleyball stadium on July 16. 

Ariake Arena
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This is Ariake Arena, a venue for volleyball.

Murasaki Skateboarding Park
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This is the Murasaki Skateboarding Park in Kasama.

Tokyo Aquatics Centre
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This is Tokyo Aquatics Centre, a venue for swimming, diving and artistic swimming.

BMX race course at the Ariake Urban Sports Park
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Here is the BMX race course at the Ariake Urban Sports Park.

Shiosake Park
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Shiosake Park is where the beach volleyball competitions will take place.

Enoshima Yacht Harbour
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A variety of sailboat classes will race in the Olympics here in Enoshima Yacht Harbour.

Main press center at the Big Sight Complex
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A general view of the main press center at the Big Sight Complex ahead of the Tokyo Games. 

Fuji International Speedwa
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Flags fly at the Fuji International Speedway in Oyama.

Skateboarding park section of the Ariake Urban Sports Par
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Here you can see the skateboarding park section of the Ariake Urban Sports Park.

BMX racing venue at the Ariake Urban Sports Park
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This is the cycling BMX racing venue at the Ariake Urban Sports Park.

BMX freestyle section of the Ariake Urban Sports Park
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And this is the BMX freestyle section of the Ariake Urban Sports Park.

Ariake Tennis Park
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This is Ariake Tennis Park, a venue for tennis and wheelchair tennis.

Miyagi Stadium, locale for track and field events
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Miyagi Stadium will host track and field events in Rifu.

Ariake Tennis Park
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This aerial photo shows the main court at Ariake Tennis Park.

Aomi Urban Sports Park, the main venue for 3x3 basketball
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Here's a look at the court at Aomi Urban Sports Park, the main venue for 3x3 basketball. Did you even know 3 on 3 was an Olympic sport?

Kasai Canoe Slalom Centr
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This is the Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre.

Enoshima Yacht Harbour
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Enoshima Yacht Harbour in Fujisawa will be host to a range of water sports.

Aerial view of Ariake Urban Sports Park
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Here's an aerial view of Ariake Urban Sports Park, where skateboarding and BMX racing will take place.

Weightlifter at the Tokyo International Forum
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A weight lifter takes part in a training session at the Tokyo International Forum.

Ariake Urban Sports Park
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Another look at the Ariake Urban Sports Park, site of BMX and skateboarding events.

Table tennis players at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
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Table tennis players are training at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

Aerial view of the Olympic Stadium
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This aerial view taken on July 19 shows the Olympic Stadium, the main venue for the Tokyo Games. 

Oi Hockey Stadium
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Germany's women's field hockey team warms up during a training session at Oi Hockey Stadium.

Athletes arrive at Tokyo International Airport
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Athletes are greeted by fans and journalists as they arrive at Tokyo International Airport.

A worker sanitizes beach volleyballs
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All manner of safety precautions are being taken. Here we see a worker sanitizing beach volleyballs during a training session.

Miraitowa and Someity. official mascots of the 2020 Olympics
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Miraitowa (left) and Someity. the official mascots of the delayed 2020 Olympics, are displayed at the Tokyo Media Center. Created by Japanese artist Ryo Taniguchi, the fictional characters have various superpowers, including teleportation.

A cloth doll of Olympic mascot Miraitowa
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A saleswoman holds up a cloth doll of the Olympic mascot Miraitowa at an Olympic Games fan shop.

Main press center
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A view of the main press center for the Tokyo Games. This place will be bustling soon.

Aerial view of he Olympic rings on the Odaiba waterfront
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This aerial photo shows the Olympic rings on the Odaiba waterfront in Tokyo.

Olympic rings lit up as night falls
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The Olympic rings look beautiful all lit up as night falls. Excited yet? The opening ceremony takes place Friday, July 23.

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