No fans, fewer Athletes: Tokyo Olympics set for the Unusual Opening Ceremony
Tokyo is all set to host the first unusual Olympics with an opening ceremony to be hosted in front of thousands of empty seats on Friday.
Olympics already faced a setback due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Athletes and participants have tested positive in the Olympic village which will make it difficult for the authorities to run the Olympics smoothly.
2020 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony
But despite all of this, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics ceremony will take place tomorrow with the presence of just 1000 dignitaries. Usually, its calls for celebration for the host nation, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the events will be held closed doors.
The ceremony’s focal point is the lightning of the Olympic cauldron, which was lit in March, last year at a spectator-free ceremony in Olympia, Greece. The flame barely lands in Japan when the Olympics got postponed.
Japan is still facing coronavirus concerns, cases in the capital are 1832 on Wednesday – highest since January.
The rescheduled opening ceremony will kickstart tomorrow at the newly constructed Japan National Stadium at 4:30 IST.
The events will be held from July 23rd to August 8th. A total of 11,000 athletes from 206 countries will participate in the events. The participants will be competing for 339 gold medals across 33 sports. 119 Indian athletes are participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
India will be in action from July 23rd onwards, with the first event being Women’s individual qualification rounds in Archery at 5:30 IST tomorrow. We wish Indian athletes the Best of luck for their upcoming events.
Opening Ceremony Details:
Date and Time – 23rd July 2021, Friday at 4:30 IST
Venue – National Stadium Tokyo
Where to watch – Sony TEN 1 and Sony TEN 2 for English commentary, Sony TEN 3 for Hindi commentary or Sony LIV app and JioTV