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Fireworks explode over Tokyo’s National Stadium during the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday, July 23.

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Updated 10:45 AM ET, Fri July 23, 2021

Fireworks explode over Tokyo’s National Stadium during the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday, July 23.

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

It’s a year later than expected, but the 2020 Summer Olympics are finally here.

The opening ceremony is taking place Friday in Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium.

Thousands of athletes from more than 200 countries are taking part in the ceremony, but the stadium’s seats are mostly empty. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, only a select number of officials and some dignitaries are attending.

One of those dignitaries is Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, who formally declared the Olympics open. Competition actually began earlier this week with some football and softball matches.

Tokyo is still under a state of emergency because of the Covid-19 pandemic that delayed the Games by a year, and there are no spectators allowed at any of the city’s Olympic venues. Just five of the 42 Olympic venues across Japan will be open to fans.

Some athletes have already had to withdraw from the Games because of positive Covid-19 tests.

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