Best answer: Did Naomi Osaka light the Olympic torch?

Did Osaka light the Olympic torch?

The torch relay ended with the tennis star Naomi Osaka lighting the Olympic cauldron in what is generally one of the most memorable parts of the opening ceremony.

Why did Osaka light the torch?

Naomi Osaka lights Olympic cauldron – a symbol of hope to open Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in 2021. The four-time major winner and Japanese superstar in tennis was the final torchbearer as part of the Olympic Torch Relay at the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony. Let the Games begin – the Olympic cauldron has been lit.

Why did Naomi Osaka choose Japan?

In an interview with Japanese broadcaster NHK in 2019, Osaka said she had a “special desire” to represent Japan at the Olympic Games: “I think that playing with the pride of the country will make me feel more emotional.” Osaka gave up her U.S. citizenship to compete for Japan at the Olympics.

Has anyone ever dropped the Olympic torch?

The Olympic cauldron itself has been extinguished by accident once, when a rainstorm hit the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was initially re-lit using a cigarette lighter, before being extinguished again and re-lit using a backup flame.

Does Naomi Osaka play for us or Japan?

Naomi Osaka

Country (sports) Japan
Residence Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Born October 16, 1997 Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
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