Tokyo Olympics 2020 Opening Ceremony Live Updates: Parade Of Nations Begins | Olympics News


Tokyo Games Opening Ceremony: The Refugee Olympic Team enter the National Stadium.© AFP

The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics began on Friday in a nearly empty stadium after a year-long pandemic postponement and a build-up marred by scandal and controversy. A video showing athletes training at home during 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 just a few hundred officials and dignitaries, including Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, French President Emmanuel Macron and US First Lady Jill Biden. The emperor will officially declare the Games open.

  • 17:20 (IST)

    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 the first one to be played!

  • 17:10 (IST)

    The athletes’ parade begins!

    The athletes’ parade has begun with Greece.

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

  • 17:07 (IST)


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

  • 17:02 (IST)

    The Olympic Rings have been bought in!

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

  • 16:57 (IST)

    In rememberance!

    There is also a memorial segment taking place, in remembrance of all those we have lost. Not only for the victims of COVID-19, but also the Olympians who have died at the Games in the past. There is also a mention of the Israeli team members who were killed at Munich 1972.

  • 16:47 (IST)

    “Apart, but not alone.”

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

  • 16:44 (IST)

    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!

  • 16:41 (IST)

    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.

  • 16:31 (IST)

    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!

  • 16:13 (IST)

    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.

  • 15:56 (IST)

    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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