Tokyo 2020 will officially start on Friday, and the opening ceremony will be very different from past Olympics.
As with all events in these Olympics, the opening ceremony will be held without fans. The number of athletes entering the 68,000-seat Tokyo Olympic Stadium will also decrease, as this is usually a grand music, dance, and various theater performances.
Instead, the organizers promised more low-key events, which reflected the fact that these Olympics were held during the global pandemic.
In fact, due to the surge in the number of coronavirus cases, Tokyo entered a state of emergency on July 12, and the number of cases hit a six-month high on Thursday.
When you start the Olympics on a comfortable sofa, here is all the information you need to know about the opening ceremony.
How to watch
Live coverage of the opening ceremony will be available on the CBC Television Network, CBC Gem, CBC Olympics App, and CBC Olympics at 6:30 a.m. EST on Friday morning. CBC Sports’ Tokyo 2020 websiteThe ceremony begins at 7 am Eastern Time and will be rebroadcast on CBC TV at 7 pm Eastern Time.
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The live broadcast is available in multiple languages, including Eight indigenous languages And American Sign Language (ASL).
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Who is the standard bearer of Canada?
Canada sent a team of approximately 371 athletes, which is the largest team since 1984. But not all participants will be in Japan at the beginning of the Olympics, because some athletes will arrive in time for their event and leave quickly after the end.
After the International Olympic Committee (IOC) changed its guidelines to encourage countries to choose a male and a female athlete to share the responsibilities of the flag bearer, the Canadian team will be represented in the national parade. Basketball player Miranda Ayim and Sevens player Nathan Hirayama.
The 33-year-old Ayim will participate in her third Olympic Games. The team is ranked fourth in the world and is a legal medal contender in Tokyo. Hirayama, also 33 years old, is participating in his first Olympic Games. Although he has played for the Canadian Rugby Sevens team since the age of 18, when the sport made its Olympic debut, the team was not eligible to participate in the Rio Olympics.
What to expect
Only a few members of the International Olympic Committee, government officials and international guests will attend the opening ceremony, and the organizers said it will be a grand opening ceremony. “A more sober ritual” Than in the past Olympics.
Details about the ceremony are rarely announced, but the incident is not without controversy.
On Thursday, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee fired the show’s director Kentaro Kobayashi because of a massacre joke he made in a 1998 comedy show. Earlier this week, a composer believed to be part of the show resigned and bullied the incident after the past.
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