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Rings illuminated on return

The Olympic rings monument was reinstalled in Tokyo Bay yesterday, after being removed in August, as organizers ramp up preparations for next year’s postponed Summer Games. The rings were later illuminated and the neighboring Rainbow Bridge lit up in a multi-colored display, as organizers looked to provide a symbol that the rearranged Games can go ahead safely next year. However, the return of the monument, which stands 15.3 meters tall and 32.6 meters wide and was originally installed in January, was overshadowed by requests from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government that entertainment establishments and restaurants close until December 17. Because of this, following the rings’ brief illumination yesterday, they will go dark until the restrictions are lifted. However, the return of the rings should send a signal that the Games are indeed getting closer, Tokyo metropolitan government planning director Atsushi Yanashimizu said. The monument will remain in place until the Olympics finish in August before being replaced with the Paralympics logo.


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