The curtain-raising ceremony for these 32nd Olympic Games took place behind closed doors in the stadium which can accommodate 68,000 spectators, due to the health situation linked to the spread of the coronavirus. It was marked, for the first time, by the presence of two flag bearers, a woman and a man, representing the 206 delegations and the 11,090 participating athletes.
This edition of the Olympics was initially to be held in July 2020, before being postponed for a year due to the global health situation linked to the spread of Covid-19.
In a speech on this occasion, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach praised the resilience of Japan and the athletes, stressing that “today is a moment of hope. Finally we are all reunited. This feeling of unity is the light at the end of the dark tunnel of this pandemic ”.
The Tokyo Olympics continue until August 8.