Tokyo Olympics throws open
Naomi Osaka lights up Cauldron
The world's biggest Olympic games event was thrown open with a grand opening ceremony today on Friday in Tokyo National Stadium, at 4.30 IST amid strict Covid-19 restrictions. The Tokyo Olympic Games were declared open by IOC president Thomas Bach and the Emperor of Japan Narahito.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka of japan had the distinct honour of serving as the final torchbearer of the Olympic Torch Relay, lights up the cauldron inside the Olympic stadium for the Olympic Games open. Osaka is a four-time major champion in Tennis who is making her Olympic debut.
France President Emmanuel Macron, American first lady Jill Biden are among the other guests. Hockey Captain Manpreeth Singh and woman Boxer Mary Kom led the Indian contingent bearing tri colour flag. The games started amid only limited guests and fans due to the Corona Pandemic. Even though there were limited guests and games' lovers, The sky over the Stadium exploded in indigo and white as fireworks marked the start of the opening ceremony. Dance and light shows cheers up the spectators .
Before starting of Olympics Japan's flag entered into the stadium. The parade started with Greece which has historic background. IOC refugee invited Olympic team into stadium which is second time in Olympic history. The event observes silence for a while commemorating the Israeli Olympic team which was murdered by Palastinian gunman in 1972 Munich Olympics. This is too, first time to remember Israeli team in Olympic history.
Around 11,000 athletes from 205 countries participated in the Olympic Games . They will be competing for 339 gold medals across 33 sports. 28 Athletes and 7 officials joined in this event from India as pandemic throws challenge. TT stars Sarat kamal, Manika Batra, Fensar Bhavani, Gymnast Pranathi, Swimmer Sajan rakash, including flag bearer Mary Kom 8 boxers, and sailors participated. India is fielding more than 120 athletes at the Tokyo Olympics. Among them four players from Telugu states are P.V. Sindhu (Silver Medal winner in the last Olympics), Sania, Praneeth and Satvik.
Mr. Anurag Thakur, Central Minister wished 'all the best' for Indian Athletes on behalf of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India. Prime Minister Modi will meet the athletes after they return to India with a big win, Mr. Anurag told.