Tokyo Games close with bittersweet sendoff for athletes, volunteers in pandemic event

Organizers set up a grassy field in the middle of the stadium, in an effort to make athletes feel as if they were at a Tokyo park, organizers said. The move acknowledged that the Olympians could not spend time hanging out in the city, as they normally would have, due to covid-19 restrictions. Performances, such as jumping rope and yoga, re-created what it feels like to be in a park in the capital, a slice of life that organizers hope to convey to the athletes.

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