The 2020 Summer Olympic Games opening ceremony finally took place at National Stadium in Tokyo and the games were officially opened. The ceremony was held without the usual glitter although the Japanese grandeur, cultural legacy was well deceptive in an inexorable pandemic effected event.
The final moments of Opening Ceremony, lead the way with hope for the world and furthering the “Stronger Together” message that has been adopted by these Games.
Inaugurated by Japanese Emperor Naruhito, who was the third royal to do so, the opening ceremony was attended by high level guests from the world, including selected and fewer athletes and officials. However, the audience was missing due to the crowd control prohibition.
Despite not having any spectators, the traditional fireworks and music items were much present, along with the main event of the competing nations walked in, which was as always led by Greece, home of the Ancient Olympic Games, with the 2020 Games host Japan entering as the last contingent in the stadium.
Japanese Tennis star Naomi Osaka had the distinction of being the final torchbearer of the Olympic Torch Relay, and lighting the cauldron for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021.
The cauldron lighting marked the final step of a long journey of the Olympic Torch which began on 25th March 2021.
The COVID syndrome has already effected the Games village, which was evidenced by the IOC-International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, admitting that the Tokyo Games will be different from previous ones.
Protestors gathered outside the stadium during the opening ceremony and made their voices heard, causing the police to intervene.