Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka on Friday lit the Olympic cauldron to mark the formal start of Tokyo 2020, in an opening celebrated as a moment of global hope. Organisers also paid tribute to medical workers as athletes from across the world paraded into an almost empty stadium. Normally a star-studded display teeming with celebrities is now a low-key celebration, with fewer than 1,000 people in attendance.
The Japanese Emperor Naruhito, French President Emmanuel Macron and Switzerland President Guy Parmelin were among the many world leaders and dignitaries to attend the breath-taking opening ceremony on Friday.
Six-time world champion Mary Kom and men’s hockey captain Manpreet Singh led the way as India made its way at the Parade of Nations during the Opening Ceremony of Tokyo Olympics on Friday at the Japan National Stadium. India’s Olympic contingent for Tokyo includes 127 participants from 18 sports.
We have many athletes from india who will be participating in the sports which lacked Indian representation for years, like Fouaad Mirza who is the first Indian equestrian to qualify the game in 20 years, Bhavani Devi became the first Indian fencer to qualify, Pranati Nayak is only the second Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, Sushila Devi Likmabam will be India’s only participant in Judo and Mirabai Chanu will be India’s only representative in weightlifting
So let’s keep our spirits high and support our pride “Team India” to win medals and ever-lasting glory for the nation.