Two days before the opening ceremony of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, a dress rehearsal was held at Tokyo National Olympic Stadium on Wednesday. RMC Sport was able to attend this show which the world will attend on Friday from 1 p.m. French time.
A ceremony all in sobriety, elegance and melancholy. The organization of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics wanted to discuss the pandemic that hit the world and athletes during the opening ceremony of the Olympics, which the world will follow on Friday from 1 p.m. (French time). This Wednesday, RMC Sport was able to attend the rehearsal of this show.
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A three and a half hour show
The ceremony begins with a man alone in the center of the 68,000-seat enclosure, curled up before unfolding as if to express the return to life. In the process, a video montage of athletes training in their rooms is projected on the giant screens of the stadium. Three athletes are unleashed on home trainers and rowers, a way of remembering that the athletes who will be present at the Games had to prepare in part for the competition at home, because of the confinement.
The rest of the ceremony, which will last three and a half hours, is fairly standard. In a sober play of light follow the Japanese national anthem, the entry of the Emperor of Japan, a tap dance number and the arrival of the five Olympic rings. During the ceremony, a distinction must also be presented to Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize 2006 and father of micro-credit, considered “the banker of the poor in the world”.
The parade of delegations to end
Finally, the traditional parade of delegations will take place. All the athletes will be able to participate, and not just the flag bearers, contrary to what had been implied. 208 delegations will participate in the parade, which will open Greece as the cradle of Olympism, followed by the delegation of refugees.
Japan will bring up the rear as a host country. Note that France, with its flag bearers Clarisse Agbegnenou and Samir Aït-Saïd, will parade in penultimate as the future host country of the Olympic Games, just before the United States, which will welcome them in 2028. Only regret for this opening ceremony: despite the 68,000 seats available in the national Olympic stadium, it will take place without an audience.