Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony – What to Know?


On Friday, July 23, the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games will take place in Tokyo. reveals the main features of the show, which will be held under strict restrictions due to the coronavirus.

What time will the ceremony begin?

The opening ceremony will begin at 12:00 CET (14:00 Kyiv time). In Ukraine, the opening ceremony will be broadcast on the UA: Pershiy TV channel and the Suspilne Sport website.

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Who will attend the ceremony?

Due to the pandemic, spectators will not be allowed at the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony. However, the event will be attended by about a thousand officials, including French President Emmanuel Macron, US President Joe Biden’s wife Jill, Mongolian Prime Minister Luvsannamsray Oyun-Erdene, and Japanese Emperor Naruhito.

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Will athletes take part in the opening ceremony?

Not all athletes and entourage will take part in the opening ceremony. For instance, South Korea wants to send only about 50 athletes and six officials to the event. Canada and Australia will only be represented by just under 10% of their athletes. In contrast, at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, 12,000 athletes took part in the opening ceremony.

What details are known about the opening ceremony?

A Japanese Air Force aerobatic squadron will fly over the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo during the ceremony. The well-known comedy duo HIRO-PON will also take part in the event. Emperor Naruhito will most likely address the audience first. The person who will have the distinction of lighting the Olympic cauldron will only be known at the last moment. Other details of the opening ceremony are kept secret.


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Edited by Aldo Tong

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