Tokyo 2020 formally will get underway on Friday with a gap ceremony that can look fairly totally different from Games’ previous.
As with all occasions at these Olympics, the opening ceremony can be held with out followers. There may also be fewer athletes marching into the 68,000-seat Tokyo Olympic Stadium for what is usually a grand spectacle of music, dancing and all method of theatrical performances.
Instead, organizers are promising a way more subdued affair that displays the very fact these Games are being held within the midst of a worldwide pandemic.
Indeed, Tokyo was put below a state of emergency on July 12 as a consequence of surging coronavirus case counts, which hit a six-month excessive on Thursday.
Here’s all the things you should know in regards to the opening ceremony as you kick off the Games from the consolation of your sofa.
How to look at
Live protection of the opening ceremony begins with pre- Friday at 6:30 a.m. ET on the CBC TV community, CBC Gem, the CBC Olympics app and CBC Sports’ Tokyo 2020 web site. The ceremony begins at 7 a.m. ET and can re-air on CBC TV at 7 p.m. ET.
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The stay streams are being supplied in a number of languages, together with eight Indigenous languages and American Sign Language (ASL).
Who are Canada’s flag-bearers?
Canada is fielding a group of some 371 athletes, the biggest contingent since 1984. But not all rivals can be in Japan for the beginning of the Games, as some athletes are arriving simply in time for his or her occasions and can depart shortly after they’re completed.
After the International Olympic Committee (IOC) modified its tips to encourage international locations to pick out a male and a feminine athlete to share flag-bearer duties, Team Canada can be led within the Parade of Nations by basketball participant Miranda Ayim and rugby sevens participant Nathan Hirayama.
Ayim, 33, can be competing in her third Olympics on a squad that’s ranked fourth on the planet and is a respectable medal contender in Tokyo. Hirayama, additionally 33, is competing in his first Olympics. Though he has performed for Canada’s rugby sevens group since age 18, the squad didn’t qualify for the Rio Games when the game made its Olympic debut.
What to anticipate
Only a small variety of IOC members, authorities officers and worldwide VIPs can be in attendance on the opening ceremony, which organizers say can be a “much more sobering ceremony” than previous Olympics.
Few particulars in regards to the ceremony have been launched, however the occasion hasn’t been with out controversy. On Thursday, the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee fired the present’s director, Kentaro Kobayashi, over a Holocaust joke he made throughout a comedy present in 1998. And earlier within the week, a composer whose music is believed to be a part of the present resigned after previous bullying got here to gentle.
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