The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games officially got underway Friday with a pared back opening ceremony held behind closed doors save for a small delegation of special guests and dignitaries.

The traditional cultural spectacles staged by the host nation and the Parade of Nations played out in front of an empty Olympic Stadium in Tokyo due to a last minute decision to keep crowds away from the events to stem a spike in Covid-19 cases in Japan’s capital, where a state of emergency is in place.  EFE