The Olympic and Paralympic Games will be different with no fans and limited interaction between the competitors. This will be obvious from the very start with the Opening Ceremony in Tokyo on Friday 23rd taking on a very different look and feel to what would normally be expected.

The local organising committee has released details of what they say are the ‘Common concepts’ of the opening and closing ceremonies for both events.

“Moving Forward”

“The Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be unlike any other because they will take place in the face of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)—an obstacle far beyond anything we have ever faced. Everything that happens in this world is connected, and we are all affected no matter how far apart we are. That is what we realised over the past year, which was spent sharing knowledge and wisdom across borders as we searched for a way to help each other navigate these trying times.”

“This is the kind of world in which Tokyo 2020 will take place, which is why we want to create ceremonies that bring the world together as one through the power of sport and a sense of hope for the future. We want these ceremonies to be a series of moments that give each and every one of us the strength to look towards the future, and that also serve as opportunities to create a better normal together.”

“And so, through these Games, we will acknowledge the way the world came together to face a global threat, while recognising, lauding and demonstrating our sincere gratitude for the immeasurable support and efforts of all those who made Tokyo 2020 possible.”

We would normally expect to see the Greek team lead the parade of athletes into the stadium and finish up with the arrival of the host Japanese team to rapturous applause.

That won’t be happening this year and so we wait and see just how creative the team behind the ceremony will be in terms of opening up a games of rare emotion.

It was also revealed yesterday that athletes will pick up their own medals as part of each medal ceremony, as opposed to the Euro 2020 Final where the medals were handed over in more normal circumstances with clasped hands and at closer quarters than will be the case in Tokyo.


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