Naomi Osaka lights the Olympic cauldron

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Naomi Osaka of the Japan team lights the Olympic cauldron with the Olympic torch during the opening ceremony.
Naomi Osaka of the Japan team lights the Olympic cauldron with the Olympic torch during the opening ceremony. Maja Hitij / Getty Images
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Tennis star Naomi Osaka, who represents Japan at the Games, lit the cauldron at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The relay to the cauldron, the final destination of the Olympic torch, has been largely without spectators at isolated events due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The cauldron remains lit for the duration of the Games.

Learn more about Osaka: Born in Osaka, Japan to a Japanese mother and Haitian-American father, the four-time Grand Slam tennis champion moved to the United States at the age of 3.

Tennis journalist Akatsuki Uchida called her “an icon of a new generation in Japan, which is more diverse”.

In May, Osaka withdrew from Roland Garros, citing his sanity. She revealed that she had “suffered from long periods of depression” since winning her first Grand Slam title in 2018.

Osaka was fined $ 15,000 for not attending any press conference there.

In an essay for TIME magazine, she said the format of the press conference between journalists and athletes was “outdated.”

“I feel uncomfortable being the spokesperson or the face of athlete mental health because it’s still so new to me and I don’t have all the answers. I hope people can understand and understand that it’s okay not to be okay, and it’s okay to talk about it, ”she wrote.

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