WRITTEN BY: COURTNEY OGBE
The event of the Olympic games is a big one for all Sport faithfuls and even entertainment lovers.
The opening of Tokyo 2020 Olympic ceremony today at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo is something we’ve been waiting for since it was postponed last year due to Covid19.
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito officially opened the Tokyo Olympics today in a nearly empty stadium; “I declare open the Games of Tokyo,” Naruhito said during a three-hour ceremony attended by just a few hundred officials and dignitaries and several thousand athletes in the 68,000-capacity Olympic Stadium.
The Olympic cauldron was lit by Japanese tennis star, Naomi Osaka. Almost 2,000 synchronized drones formed a revolving globe over the stadium, to a cover version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” creating another surreal moment.
The parades were interesting like previous Olympic events, however, the number of paraders where reduced, with the people observing the necessary safety precautions for Covid19.
Thomas Bach the President of the International Olympic Committee acknowledged the Games would be “very different from what all of us had imagined”, saying that “today is a moment of hope”.
This would be the first Olympic of the usual 16-day games, 339 gold medals across 33 sports, to have virtually no spectators.