Sports aficionados across the world are eagerly awaiting the start of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo from tomorrow, after a year-long delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The mega quadrennial global event will kick off with a highly-anticipated Opening Ceremony tomorrow from 4:30 pm Indian time.
However, the event to be held at the newly-built National Stadium in the Japanese capital, will be a scaled down and a low key affair amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The ceremony will have none of the usual splendour and fanfare.
The event will lack the mass choreography, the huge props and the cornucopia of dancers, actors and lights associated with an usual Olympic Games opening ceremony.
Long-time opening ceremony executive producer, Marco Balich, said that the ceremony in Tokyo will be a toned down show and will exhibit gorgeous Japanese aesthetics.
He said, the event will be quintessentially Japanese in nature but will also be in sync with the sentiments of today, the reality.
Rising COVID-19 cases in Tokyo have also cast a shadow over an event that, which has already been postponed by a year due to the pandemic.
Japan had announced that the participants will be competing in empty venues so that the health risks can be minimised.
Fans will see a much smaller team parade taking place in an almost empty Tokyo Olympic stadium.
Deputy chef-de-mission Prem Kumar Verma said that only six officials from every country are allowed at the ceremony although there is no cap on athletes.
AIR correspondent reports that this is the first time that the Olympic Games have been postponed and rescheduled, rather than cancelled. Here are some more interesting tidbits related to the Games for you.
The mega quadrennial event will kick off with a highly-anticipated Opening Ceremony tomorrow from 4:30 pm Indian Standard Time.
The event to be held at the newly-built National Stadium in the Japanese capital, will be a scaled down and a sobering affair amid the Covid-19 pandemic and will feature beautiful Japanese aesthetics.
The 1.5-billion dollar three-tiered complex was expected to seat 68,000 during the Tokyo Olympics.
However, most of the Sporting event including the opening ceremony will be held without spectators from the general public as the Japanese capital remains under a COVID-19 state of emergency.
Leaders from around 15 countries and international organizations including French President Emmanuel Macron, and US first lady Jill Biden are expected to be in attendance at the glittering Ceremony.
A total of around 11,000 athletes from 206 countries are expected to participate in 33 sports in Tokyo Olympics.
More than 120 athletes from India will be preforming at the biggest Sporting Extravaganza.
Legendary boxer MC Mary Kom and Men’s Hockey Team Skipper Manpreet Singh will be India’s flag bearers at opening ceremony.
The prestigious Games will see the introduction of new sports including 3×3 basketball, freestyle BMX and Madison cycling, as well as further mixed events.
Few more sports like karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding make their Olympic debuts.
The world will witness the return of two of its favorite sports, baseball and softball, for the first time since 2008.
Amid the prevailing COVID-19 situation, International Olympic Committee has announced several guidelines including that in case any athlete or team member tests positive, instead of being disqualified, they will be considered “did not start” or DNS.
The mascot of Tokyo Olympics is Miraitowa.
The idea of mascots was first introduced at the Grenoble Winter Olympics in 1968 but officially made the cut at 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. The medals for Tokyo Olympics are made from recycled electronics sourced from all over Japan.
The medals “symbolise the energy and diversity of the athletes.” The design of the medals also represents Japanese culture.
The back of the medal features the Summer Games logo, while the front depicts Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, in front of Panathinaikos Stadium.
The theme for this year’s Olympics and Paralympics is “United by Emotion”.
The theme reflects the unifying power of sports. The closing ceremony will be held on 8th of August at the same venue.