Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony: what we know, how to watch

Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony: what we know, how to watch

Tokyo 2020 officially kicks off on Friday with an opening ceremony that will be very different from the Games’ past.

As with all events at these Olympic Games, the opening ceremony will take place without fans. There will also be fewer athletes marching through the 68,000-seat Tokyo Olympic Stadium for what is usually one big show of music, dance and all kinds of theatrical performances.

Instead, organizers are promising a much more moderate affair that reflects the fact that these Games are taking place in the midst of a global pandemic.

Indeed, Tokyo was placed in a state of emergency on July 12 due to the increase in the number of coronavirus cases, which peaked in six months on Thursday.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Opening Ceremony as you kick off the Games from the comfort of your sofa.

How to watch

Live coverage of the Opening Ceremony begins before Friday at 6:30 a.m. ET on the CBC Television Network, CBC Gem, the CBC Olympics app and the CBC Sports Tokyo 2020 website. p.m. ET and will rebroadcast on CBC TV at 7 p.m. ET.

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Live broadcasts are provided in multiple languages, including eight Indigenous languages ​​and American Sign Language (ASL).

Who are the flag bearers of Canada?

Canada has a team of some 371 athletes, the largest contingent since 1984. But not all competitors will be in Japan for the start of the Games, as some athletes arrive just in time for their events and will leave quickly once they have finished. will have finished. .

After the International Olympic Committee (IOC) changed its guidelines to encourage countries to select a male and female athlete to share flag-bearer duties, Team Canada will be led in the parade of nations by basketball player Miranda Ayim and player rugby sevens Nathan Hirayama.

Ayim, 33, will compete in his third Olympics in a team ranked fourth in the world and legitimately claiming a medal in Tokyo. Hirayama, also 33, competes in his first Olympics. Although he had played for the Canadian rugby sevens team since he was 18, the team did not qualify for the Rio Games when the sport made its Olympic debut.

What to expect

Only a small number of IOC members, government officials and international figures will attend the opening ceremony, which organizers say will be a “much darker ceremony” than previous Olympics.

Few details on the ceremony have been released, but the event was not without controversy. On Thursday, the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee fired show director Kentaro Kobayashi for a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998. And earlier in the week, a composer whose music would be part of the show resigned after the bullying emerged.

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