Japan won its first medal at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp. Held soon after WWI and the global spread of the Spanish flu, the 1920 Antwerp Games had the first Olympic flag hoisted, the first Olympic oath sworn and the first doves released to symbolize peace at the opening ceremony. Let us look at some of the incidents and episodes of the time to explore the thoughts behind these steps at the opening ceremony at the 1920 Antwerp Games, which were held after conquering multiple obstacles.
After a century, the world now faces the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics scheduled for 2021, we invite you to think of the fundamental values of the Olympics manifested at the 1920 Antwerp Games.