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Tokyo public’s patience is wafer thin as the Olympics roll into town but is that really uncommon?

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Opening night: Fireworks go off after all of the competing nations entered the Stadium during the Opening Ceremony. Credit: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Opening night: Fireworks go off after all of the competing nations entered the Stadium during the Opening Ceremony. Credit: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

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Belfast boxer Brendan Irvine takes a selfie of the Irish Olympic team. Credit INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Belfast boxer Brendan Irvine takes a selfie of the Irish Olympic team. Credit INPHO/Morgan Treacy

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Opening night: Fireworks go off after all of the competing nations entered the Stadium during the Opening Ceremony. Credit: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Fear, always that same tug of fear as the gates swing open to this epic circus, the host city whistling its optimistic tune, even if paint is still wet and concrete still being mixed.

Fear of terrorism, fear of the heat, fear of scoundrel biochemists, fear of the always wildly spiralling costs, fear that at the end of it all, these Olympic Games might not be declared “best ever” in that casual, closing act of self-aggrandisement from an IOC President.


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