2021 Olympics: Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron

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Japanese tenniswoman Naomi Osaka, world number 2, had the honor of being the last Olympic torch bearer this Friday during the opening ceremony of the Games in Tokyo.

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Because of her status, her history too, she was one of the credible candidates. But the secret had been relatively well kept by the organizers. This Friday, viewers around the world discovered the identity of the athlete who had the honor of lighting the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games: Naomi Osaka.

The 23-year-old Japanese tenniswoman, world number 2, made the last relay in the Olympic stadium, to trot to the foot of an artificial pyramid, climb steps of light, and therefore carry the flame to the famous basin , freed from a mechanical sphere.

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She has not played since Roland-Garros

Born in Japan in 1997 to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, Osaka left at the age of three for the United States, where she was raised. But in 2019, when he had to choose for his 22 years between his Japanese nationality and his American nationality, as required by Japanese law, Osaka ruled in favor of his country of birth. Especially to participate in the Tokyo Olympics.

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Become a local icon, the former world number 1 is coming out of a delicate period, since she withdrew in May from the Roland-Garros tournament, after the organization threatened to sanction her because she no longer wanted respond to media requests. The player then explained that she had suffered from “long episodes of depression” since 2018, and being in the grip of “social anxiety”. That she was able to put aside this Friday.

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