Tokyo Olympics 2020 Opening Ceremony Live Updates: Indian Contingent Enters Stadium


Tokyo Games Opening Ceremony: The Indian contingent walk into the National Stadium.© AFP

The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics began on Friday in a almost empty stadium after a year-long pandemic postponement and a build-up marred by scandal and controversy. A video showing athletes training at home right through the coronavirus pandemic started the show, with pink fireworks bursting into the air after a countdown. The ceremony in the 68,000-capacity stadium is taking place before only a few hundred officials and dignitaries, including Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, dressing President Emmanuel Macron and US First Lady Jill Biden. The emperor will officially declare the Games open.

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Youngest flagbearer!!!!!

The Syrian Arab Republic has been led by Hend Zaza and Ahmad Saber Hamcho. Zaza is a 12-year-old table tennis player!

Be mindful what you were doing when you were 12?

Syrian table tennis player is making her Olympic debut, the youngest athlete @Tokyo2020@ittfworld

Read her inspiring story here:

— Olympics (@Olympics) July 20, 2021

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Here are the hosts for the 2023 Olympics!

With Brisbane winning the hosting rights for the 2023 Olympics recently, here is the Australian contingent entering the National Stadium:

Their country has just been chosen to host the 2032 Olympic Games!

Welcome to the Australian team. #AUS#OpeningCeremony | @AUSOlympicTeam

— Olympics (@Olympics) July 23, 2021

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Here’s a random fact!

In case you were perplexed regarding the introduction of teams in the parade, teams (aside from for Greece) are being introduced in the order of the Japanese alphabet. 

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Team India make their way into the National Stadium!

Led by Mary Kom and Manpreet Singh, the Indian contingent has entered the parade at the National Stadium!

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Japanese video game themes!

For video gamers, the ongoing parade will be a treat to watch, considering the music being played is from Japanese video games! Dragon Quest was once the first one to be played!

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The athletes’ parade begins!

The athletes’ parade has begun with Greece.

Also, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh has been practically awarded with the Olympic laurel.

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The colors displayed in the Opening Ceremony shows the aesthetics of the Japanese culture! SUCH BEAUTY AND ELEGANCE! Here is a photograph:

The variety and wonderful thing about the costumes worn at the #Tokyo2020 #OpeningCeremony is indescribable.

Help us finish this sentence: These costumes are… #StrongerTogether | #UnitedByEmotion

— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) July 23, 2021

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The Olympic Rings have been bought in!

As already mentioned, the Olympic Rings have been bought into the stadium! They’re made of wood from trees planted by athletes of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics! Every ring is four meters in diameter and is followed by paper lanterns!

The legacy of Tokyo 1964 lives on at #Tokyo2020

These Olympic Rings were crafted with wood grown from trees that were planted by athletes years ago when the #Olympics first came to Tokyo#StrongerTogether | #OpeningCeremony #UnitedByEmotion

— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) July 23, 2021

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In rememberance!

There may be a memorial segment taking place, in remembrance of all those we have missing. Not only for the sufferers of COVID-19, but also the Olympians who have died at the Games prior to now. There may be a mention of the Israeli team members who were killed at Munich 1972.

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“Apart, but not alone.”

The Opening Ceremony has also begun on an emotional note, with a number of emphasis being put on the COVID-19 pandemic, as many athletes have had to train in moments of isolation.

Apart, but not alone.

With the emergence of COVID-19, many athletes had to train for this moment in isolation. But they were at all times connected by their hope and shared ardour. #StrongerTogether #OpeningCeremony

— Olympics (@Olympics) July 23, 2021

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Emperor Naruhito and Thomas Bach wave to the crowd!

Emperor Naruhito and Thomas Bach have graced the National Stadium with their presence, and the Japanese flag is currently being displayed!

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Throwback: Tokyo 1964

Journalist Nick Hope has shared a photo on Twitter. consisting of the Olympic Rings, which will be used in the Opening Ceremony tonight. The Rings were made from the trees planted by Japanese athletes at the 1964 Tokyo Games.

An #olympics fact for you…

The wood used to carve the Olympic Rings in the #Tokyo2020 opening ceremony tonight are made from the trees which have been planted by s athletes at the 1964 Games – the final time Japan hosted the Olympics #bbcolympics

— Nick Hope – the dyslexic journalist (@NickHopeTV) July 23, 2021

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The Opening Ceremony begins!

The Opening Ceremony has begun folks! Stay tuned for our live updates and a glimpse of the extravaganza displayed at the National Stadium!

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Deepika Kumari finishes ninth!

Earlier in the day, women’s archer Deepika Kumari finished ninth in the women’s individual ranking round. Meahile, Pravin Jadhav, Atanu Das and Tarandeep Rai also finished with scores of 656, 653 and 652.

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Hello and good afternoon everyone!

Hello and good afternoon everyone! Welcome to our live coverage of the opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics! The marquee event has already begun, with Indian archers being called into action today (July 23). Stay tuned, folks!
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