Opening ceremony for Tokyo Olympics begins


The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics began on Friday in a nearly empty stadium after over a year-long postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ceremony which is taking place in the 68,000-capacity stadium will have in attendance  just a few hundred officials and dignitaries, including Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, French President Emmanuel Macron and US First Lady Jill Biden.

The emperor will officially declare the Games open.

The tournament has faced opposition in Japan over fears the global gathering of 11,000 athletes could trigger another wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers have put strict virus measures in place, banning overseas fans for the first time ever, and allowing domestic spectators in only few of the venues.

To avoid any outbreak, Athletes, support staff and media are subject to strict Covid-19 protocols, including regular testing and daily health checks.

However, there is plenty enthusiasm outside the Olympic Stadium in the hours before the ceremony, as hundreds of people gathered hoping to soak up the atmosphere and watch the fireworks expected during the flagoff.

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