The 'Mahakumbh of the Games' Tokyo Olympics has begun. Its opening ceremony was held on Friday at the Japan National Stadium in Tokyo. During this, the teams of the countries participating in the games took out a march past. The Indian contingent was led by hockey team captain Manpreet Singh and six-time world champion boxer Mary Kom. Let us tell you that due to the corona epidemic, it is being organized a year late. More than 11,000 athletes from 206 countries will compete to win medals in 339 events across 33 sports in these games to be held from July 23 to August 8. A state of emergency is in force in Tokyo due to the pandemic. In such a situation, no spectators were present at the opening ceremony of the Olympics. During this, only 900 officers and journalists were present there. The ceremony was attended by IOC President Thomas Bach, the creditor of Emperor Naruhito of Japan. At the same time, Mohammad Yunus of Bangladesh, who received the Nobel Peace Prize, was awarded the Special Olympics Award.
Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Updates
- The host Japan squad at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Wrestler Susaki Yui and basketball player Hachimura Rui led the team.
The French team at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Let us tell you that in 2024 the Olympic Games will be held in Paris.
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Jill Biden present at the opening ceremony
First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, led the US delegation at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. It was the first time since 2012 that the wife of a US President led a US delegation at such an event.
- The American contingent at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Four-time Olympic basketball champion Sue Bird and baseball star and Winter Olympic medalist Eddie Alvarez led the team.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi saw some glimpses of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. He extended his best wishes to the Indian team and appealed to the people to encourage them.
- Italy's Olympic contingent at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. The country will be the host of the 2026 Winter Olympic Games.
- The Australian contingent at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. The country has been entrusted with hosting the 2032 Olympics.
Boxer M.C. at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. The Indian contingent, led by Mary Kom and the men's hockey team captain Manpreet Singh, enters.
Indian contingent marches past at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. It consists of 25 members of the Indian contingent. Indian hockey team captain Manpreet Singh and six-time world champion boxer Mary Kom led the team.
The IOC Refugee Olympic Team is participating in the Olympic Games for the second time in history. The team was led by swimmer Yusra Mardini and marathon runner Tchalovini Gabrial.
- Athletes' parade begins! The Greek Olympic contingent led the march at the National Stadium.
During the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, the silence was observed to pay tribute to those who lost their lives due to the Corona epidemic.
The wood used to build the Olympic ring is derived from trees grown from seeds brought in by international athletes, which were planted when Tokyo last hosted the Olympic Games in 1964.
The national flag of Japan entered the stadium.
The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 began with fireworks at the Japan National Stadium.
Sports Minister Anurag Thakur present at National Stadium
Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur and Minister of State in Mantralaya Nisith Pramanik is present to witness the opening ceremony at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium. He is accompanied by Olympic medalists Yogeshwar Dutt and Karnam Malleswari. During this, Anurag Thakur said that to boost morale, Prime Minister Modi himself spoke to many athletes before leaving for the Tokyo Olympics. This is a big moment for any player.
Sportspersons will make the country proud - President Kovind
President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday said the hopes and prayers of the entire nation are with the Indian contingent at the Tokyo Olympics and expressed confidence that sportspersons will excel, win medals and make the country proud.