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Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony in pictures

Written by on 23/07/2021

Tokyo 2020 is officially here and after months of uncertainty, Japan kicked of the delayed games with a subdued and muted ceremony.

This year’s games, which have been heavily disrupted by COVID-19, kicked off in an opening ceremony that paid tribute to key workers who worked on the front line during the pandemic as well paying homage to Japanese culture.

The Olympics started of with a muted and subdued ceremony this year, largely due to the pandemic
Image: The Olympics started of with a muted and subdued ceremony this year, largely due to the pandemic
COVID-19 has meant that athletes will be competing for gold in empty stadiums
Image: COVID-19 has meant that athletes will be competing for gold in empty stadiums
Japan's Emperor Naruhito met with foreign dignitaries at the Imperial Palace, including Emanuel Macron and Jill Biden, prior to the opening ceremony
Image: Japan’s Emperor Naruhito met with foreign dignitaries at the Imperial Palace, including Emanuel Macron and Jill Biden, prior to the opening ceremony
A lone runner on a treadmill was seen at the start of the ceremony, to represent the at-home training athletes have had to contend with during the pandemic
Image: A lone runner, Arisa Tsubata, on a treadmill, represented the at-home training athletes have had to contend with during the pandemic. Tsubata is a boxer and nurse, who worked on the front line during the pandemic
Dancers perform during the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium. Pic: AP
Image: Dancers depicting traditional carpenters re-enact the building of wooden buildings which are common in Japan.Pic: AP
Tokyo Olympics stadium
Image: Fireworks light up the night sky in Tokyo during the opening ceremoney
It hasn't been all celebration in Japan ahead of the official start of the Olympic games, with people protesting in Tokyo's Shibuya district, calling for the games to be cancelled. Pic AP
Image: It hasn’t been all celebration in Japan ahead of the official start of the Olympic games, with people protesting in Tokyo’s Shibuya district, calling for the games to be cancelled. Pic AP
Performers during the opening ceremoney
Image: Performers during the opening ceremony
British contingent enters the stadium. Pic: Reuters
Image: British contingent enters the stadium with Hannah Mills and Mohamed Sbihi, carrying the country’s flag
Performers during the opening ceremony
Image: COVID-19 means the ceremony had to be stripped back, including less performers than usual
Stadiums will be empty for this year's delayed Olympics, but people are showing their support from the games from their homes. Pic AP
Image: Stadiums will be empty for this year’s delayed Olympics, but people are showing their support from the games from their homes. Pic AP
Ireland contingent takes part in opening ceremony. Pic: Reuters
Image: The Ireland contingent during the ceremony, with golfer Rory McIlroy a key medal hope

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