Scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m. (French time), the opening ceremony of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics will take place behind closed doors in the National Olympic Stadium. If no spectators will be present, the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee announced Thursday that 950 people will attend the ceremony.
They will be 950 privileged to be able to attend the show. Friday, from 1 p.m. (French time), the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games will take place in an empty national Olympic stadium, despite its 68,000 seats.
But if spectators will be absent due to the restrictions imposed by Japan to limit the spread of Covid-19, a contingent of 950 people, made up of officials, artists, athletes and journalists, will therefore indeed be present, as announced by the organizing committee of the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday.
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Macron will be present
About fifteen world leaders are expected this Friday, such as the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron, who has already announced that he will visit Tokyo on Friday.
In addition to these 950 people will be in the stadium the artists and athletes who will participate in the Games. The delegations will be present in addition to the flag bearers, depending on the decisions of each country.
On Wednesday, Olivier Krumbholz, the coach of the France women’s handball team, explained that he did not “feel the strength to prohibit players from going there (at the opening ceremony, editor’s note).” For athletes, the opportunity is great to be one of the privileged people authorized to attend this ceremony which will last three and a half hours.