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Days after lighting the Olympic flame in Tokyo, tennis superstar Naomi Osaka exited the scandal-hit Games she helped rescue, a setback that coincided with a record number of coronavirus cases in the host city on Tuesday.

Osaka’s departure left Japan without its best known global sporting figure in the Olympics, one whose multiethnic background contrasts with the image of an insular and male-dominated country that emerged in the run-up to the event.

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