Olympics 2021 is finally here! After almost a year delay and many reschedules the Olympics have officially begin. This time the host is Tokyo, and this is the 32nd edition of Olympics game. On Friday night, that is 23 July the opening ceremony was held, and a great sports event had a grand opening ceremony.
This is for the first time that Olympics are taking place on an odd year, with no spectators and very limited number of athletes. The schedule is all prepared and its day one, which is very crucial for every country and its athlete. The key highlights are-
• Naomi Osaka renowned tennis player from Japan light up the cauldron.
She tweeted about the same as she felt grateful and honoured to be a part of opening ceremony calling it her greatest athletic achievement till date.
• The opening ceremony filled the night sky with firework and the use of drone display system. However, the ceremony took place in the absence of audience.
• The Olympic flame was passed to from Paralympic athlete Wakako Tasuchida to children from disaster hit region of Naomi, Osaka to Japanese medical workers and other athlete before it went to Naomi Osaka.
• The Opening declaration was done by Japanese Emperor Naruhito.
• In the opening ceremony parade 19 people represented India including six times world champion Boxer Marry kom and men’s Hockey captain Manpreet Singh.
• Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi cheered all the Athletes through video conference on representing India at Tokyo Olympics 2021 and wishing all the best to PM Suga and Japan on hosting the Olympics.
• In total there are 127 participants from India who are participating in 18 different sports including two team. The Indian athletes are participating in hockey, shooting, archery, rowing, judo, table tennis, badminton, weightlifting, rowing etc.
On day one Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu bagged a silver medal in weightlifting 49 kg category. With this achievement she becomes the second Indian women to win a silver after PV Sindhu and first athlete to win a medal at 2021 Tokyo Olympics. She belongs to Manipur situated in Northeast and have faced quite a lot of struggles on her way to win a medal today, Mirabai’s achievement has not only made all the Indians proud but, made the first day remarkable for everyone.
Indians have been actively participating in Olympic events and other sports evet from past three to four years in different category of sports and like every year the aim is to win “Gold”, represent the country at an international level and add the charm to the nation. Representing your country at such level is already counted as an achievement, representation brings responsibility and performance pressure which may affect the performance specially for the newcomers. Thus, it is important to keep the balance throughout the event and feel confident about the preparation and hard work an athlete has been doing for past many years. The competitive spirit should be high, and the goal is to be fulfilled.