The opening ceremony of Tokyo 2020 showed the ancient essence of the city, mixed with technological avant-garde
Tokyo 2020, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, began with the representation of a seed that slowly blossomed in the center of the Tokyo Olympic Stadium to later give way to the final countdown and a performance that paid tribute to all the athletes who prepared at home during the quarantine imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
After the introduction is complete, the local sound welcomed Emperor Naruhito, together with the president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, who stood on the pole of honor of the venue to give way to the flag of Japan and the interpretation of its National Anthem, by the singer Mísia.
Once the flag of the host country was raised, a minute of silence was requested in the stadium and to the world audience, in memory of those who died from Covid-19 since the beginning of the health crisis.
As the third act, with a representation of Mount Fuji in the background, typical Japanese elements and to the rhythm of music, Dancers, dressed in ‘haori’ or kimono jackets, as the workers of the time used to wear, built the Olympic rings with wood from trees grown from seeds brought by international athletes who participated in the Tokyo 1964 games.
Once the five rings, the main symbol of the Olympic Games, have been erected, The delegation of Greece started with the parade of nations, in accordance with the provisions of the International Olympic Committee, as a tribute to the nation that gave birth to the event during the modern era, in Athens 1896, thanks to Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
In second place, the 29 athletes of the 11 nationalities who will compete in the Olympic Refugee Team walked, present for the second time after its appearance in Rio 2016, and subsequently the countries in alphabetical order of the host country, with the exception of France and the United States, nations that will be next venues, did so at the end of the deployment, prior to the closure by Japanese athletes.
Argentina was the first Spanish-speaking country to parade and stand out in the comparsa, thanks to the energy they showed during the beginning of their tour, and even the official accounts of the event recognized his emotion. For its part, the Dominican Olympic Committee also put joy at the beginning of the party, with dancing and applause during its journey.
The taekwondo player Pita Taufatofua once again monopolized the spotlight as a standard-bearer for Tonga, as he wore traditional clothing of the country, bare-chested and glistening in coconut oil.
The Mexican delegation, led by golfer Gaby López and diver Rommel Pacheco, was one of the most numerous in the ceremony, diminished of the total presence of competitors due to the pandemic.
The United States was the penultimate nation to appear before the eyes of the world and its arrival was applauded by American First Lady Jill Biden, who traveled to Asia to be present at the ceremony. France continued the catwalk and was also supported by French President Emmanuel Macron, also installed in the stadium boxes.
Finally, the Japanese Olympic team took a position inside the stadium and was widely applauded by the people who served as human hurdles to maintain order during the tours of the nations. Once all the athletes were gathered in the center of the stadium, the Olympic oath began, which was presented on video by the Zimbabwean swimmer Kirsty Coventry.
As a later stage act, a multiracial group of young people entered the center of the stadium with quadrangular polyhedra to perform a choreography that culminated in the Tokyo 2020 logo, which was followed by a video with a version of the song ‘Imagine’, by John Lennon, performed by various artists from around the world, and 1,824 drones in the sky replicating the emblem of this event and the orb in indigo blue. .
After a speech by Thomas Bach, the Emperor Naruhito, from his position in the box, declared the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games inaugurated and the Olympic flag entered the scene to be escorted, by six athletes who have given their time and talents to serve as essential workers in their local communities, up to the mast where it will stand next to that of Japan until the conclusion of the joust.
“I declare the start of the thirty-second edition of the Olympics,” Naruhito said in the final stretch of the ceremony, which took place without an audience and in the presence of a reduced presence of foreign dignitaries due to the pandemic.
The subsequent show began with the presentation of the 50 pictograms of the Olympic disciplines present in this edition, which were presented with a sequence shot starring three artists dressed in blue, who represented them using different resources to decorate each pose, as well as small video clips. The different venues for each discipline were presented in a comical way with a video in which it was shown how the lights were turned on inside each enclosure.
Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka was in charge of lighting the Tokyo 2020 Olympic flame, after a brief tour of different relays made up of former Japanese athletes, health personnel on the front line against Covid-19, a Paralympic athlete and promising young sports in that nation.