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Takeaway moments from Tokyo 2020 Olympics apart from records and performances Updated: 2021-08-09 09:35:02 KST


The Olympics always brings dramatic moments that will change the course of history, not just in the athletes' performances, but also in other aspects such as politics, health, and friendship.
In politics, a series of events revealed the degree of political repression in Belarus as a feud between Belarusian Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya and team officials prompted her to seek refuge in the European Union.
Her protest against a last minute change in her track event made her speak out against the management via social media but that also meant speaking out against the current Belarusian regime.
After being recalled to her home nation, and fearing for her safety she acted quickly to find refuge in Poland.
Also in the headlines was Simone Biles speaking out on behalf of maybe all athletes.
She had been framed as one of the faces of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as she was expected to put on a show in gymnastics and sweep medals for Team U.S.A.
But that didn't happen as she stepped down from competing in some events due to mental health issuesshowing that, it's okay not to be okay.
In the end, she did get a bronze medal in an individual event, but in speaking out for herself, many fans say, her actions were courageous.
Olympics also means friendship and sportsmanship, and two high jumpers showcased that aspect.
Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi decided to forgo a jump-off for a gold medal and instead share the Olympic top prize.
As for South Korea, it was an Olympics that brought attention to prospect athletes competing in events that fans were, perhaps, less familiar with.
Medal or no medal, fans cheered for athletes in diving, modern pentathlon, and sport climbing as they fought hard to excite the fans.
Lastly, the most watched moment in this Olympics, according to ratings for South Korea, was the semi-final of the women's volleyball as national icon Kim Yeon-koung tried to win a medal against world number one, Brazil, in her last Olympics.
Despite falling short, fans will not forget her commitment to the game and the team.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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