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The Japanese Emperor Naruhito launched the Tokyo 2020 Games a month after citing concerns about the possible spread of coronavirus during the Olympics.

The event started with a film of geometric forms painted in chalk on a chalkboard. They were set in motion by a hand-drawn animation, which gradually transformed the shapes into the National Stadium. The somber atmosphere of a world ravaged by an inexorable pandemic was reflected in the toned-down 2020 Summer Olympic Games opening ceremony at National Stadium in Tokyo on Friday, which highlighted Japan’s grandeur, rich culture, and legacy while reflecting the gloomy atmosphere of a world ravaged by an inexorable pandemic.

Despite the fact that people from all over the world, including athletes and officials, attended the opening ceremony, locals wandering about the beautiful National Stadium were denied admission due to the crowd control prohibition. A smaller number of athletes from all contingents attended the ceremony, some to concentrate on their Saturday competitions and others to avoid getting the illness that has already swept across the Games village.

Thomas Bach, the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), agreed that the Tokyo Games will be different from past ones. The Tokyo Games would not have happened if it hadn’t been for his unwavering determination and perseverance. Although there were no spectators, there were pyrotechnics and music from popular Japanese video games as each of the competing nations entered the stadium, started by Greece, the birthplace of the Ancient Olympic Games, and ending with host nation Japan.

The event featured 19 Indian athletes, including flag-bearers renowned boxer M C Mary Kom and men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh, as well as six officials. In Tokyo, the country has a delegation of 228 people, including over 120 athletes. The athletes’ strength is depicted in a film that counts down the final moments until the commencement of the ceremony, as the Games are conducted in the aftermath of an extraordinary health crisis that has put the world to the test.

When the countdown reached zero, a fireworks show in the colors of indigo and white — the colors of the Tokyo 2020 symbol — and shaped like a fan, which is an auspicious symbol in Japanese culture — began, lasting around 20 seconds. The ceremony began with a moment of silence to memorialize all those who died as a result of the epidemic, as well as members of the Israeli delegation slain in the 1972 Munich Games tragedy, the 2011 earthquake, Tsunami, and nuclear accident.

The ceremony was a far cry from the lavish ceremonies of London 2012 and Rio 2016, which featured thousands of artists in sold-out stadiums, but it maintained true to the historic moment.

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