Tokyo Olympics 2020 Opening Ceremony Happened in Japan During Covid-19

The Summer Olympics has begun – the Tokyo Olympics 2020 Opening Ceremony was a subdued affair. Fans across the world are eagerly following the games and cheer for their favourite athletes.

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The Summer Olympics at Tokyo, Japan, was welcomed by fans worldwide as the Covid-19 pandemic threat is at a low. Though the threat continues to loom large, the players are giving it their all to win medals for themselves and their home countries. A nearly empty stadium witnessed the colourful ceremony.

Fireworks and performances marked the beginning of the Tokyo Olympics Opening ceremony. Representatives and athletes of the 206 countries then participated in the parade. Boxer Mary Kom and men’s hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh Sandhu were the flagbearer’s of the Indian contingent.

Speeches followed the parade. International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach and Seiko Hashimoto, the chief of the Tokyo Organising Committee, gave brief speeches to earmark the historic day.

Once the speeches came to an end, Japanese Emperor Naruhito pronounced the Games Open.

A few more performances took place for the benefit of the few dignitaries and to keep the spirit of the games at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 Opening Ceremony alive.

Japanese star player Naomi Osaka lighted the Olympic cauldron to mark the end of the Tokyo Olympics 2021 opening ceremony.  

Only a few hundred dignitaries and officials attended the opening ceremony. However, the event was televised and was watched by millions across the globe. The excitement of overfilled stadiums was missing, but fans know that each athlete will give their best to win medals.

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Reference Resource:

https://thediplomat.com/2021/07/tokyo-olympics-opening-ceremony-the-attendees-and-the-no-shows/

https://www.hindustantimes.com/sports/olympics/tokyo-olympics-2020-opening-ceremony-live-mary-kom-manpreet-singh-to-be-india-s-flagbearers-101627024033199.html

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