The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 finally began earlier this month after being postponed for a year because of the pandemic. Despite not having any spectators, the Games continues to make headlines worldwide. For starters, Japanese tennis champ and Louis Vuitton ambassador Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic Cauldron for 2021 and made history as the first-ever tennis pro to ever do so.
There was also a splendid performance by Japanese star MISIA — her cotton candy dress by designer Tomo Koizumi stole the show — and pyrotechnics on full display to get everyone hyped up for the games. The opening ceremony also featured athletes from all over the world marching with pride and their national flags held high.
As magnificent as the ceremony was, it was all but a precursor to the actual events that took place in the following days — most of which had little to do with actual athletic prowess and more to do with the athletes themselves.
Ahead, we rounded up the 9 sportspersons of Asian descent who became hot topics on social media.