efe-epaBy Demofilo Pelaez. Tokyo

Yoshinori Sakai was born in the most painful conditions imaginable: in Hiroshima, the same day as the atomic bomb was dropped. Nineteen years later, Sakai symbolized Japan’s recovery after World War II by lighting the 1964 Tokyo Olympics flame.

The final relay of the torch by Sakai was one of the biggest moments of the games’ opening ceremony, which lifted the collective self-esteem of the country after years of hardship and which now serves as a landmark for Tokyo 2020. EFE-EPA