Tokyo Olympics: International singers perform John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’

TOKYO — Moments before Japan’s Emperor Naruhito opened the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, singers from all over the world became one voice imagining world peace.

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Singers like John Legend sang John Lennon’s “Imagine” before doves were released as a symbol of peace, The Washington Post reported.

He was joined by Angelique Kidjo, Alejandro Sanz and Keith Urban, CNN reported.

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The Olympics said this isn’t the first time “Imagine” became an anthem for the games. The organization shared a short retrospective of past performances on Twitter.

Organizers also took a moment not only to honor the athletes who are competing in mostly empty venues during the COVID-19 pandemic but also the front-line medical workers who have given countless hours treating coronavirus patients.

The interlude came after more than 1,800 drones formed a globe and the Tokyo 2020 logo in the night sky over the city.