After a year-long delay due to the Corona virus pandemic, the Tokyo Olympic Games finally gets underway with scaled down opening ceremony this evening.
The mega quadrennial event will begin at 4.30 pm Indian time at the newly-built National Stadium in the Japanese capital. The ceremony will have none of the usual splendour and fanfare. Only about 950 people, including officials and reporters will be allowed to watch the ceremony in person.
From India, only 24 members, comprising of six officials and 18 athletes will participate in the Opening Ceremony. Indian men’s hockey team’s captain Manpreet Singh will be the flag-bearer alongside boxer M.C. Mary Kom.
Athletes from archery, judo, badminton, weightlifting, tennis, shooting and hockey will not be part of the ceremony due to their events happening today and tomorrow.
Today Archery, Shooting, Rowing, and Equestrian events will kick off.