Olympics: Tokyo 2020 Games all set to begin after year’s delay amid protests, Covid-19 pandemic

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is all set to get underway in Japan’s capital metropolis on Friday morning with a scaled-down opening ceremony due to the Covid-19 restrictions

A year’s wait is lastly going to finish for sports activities followers all the world over however the nervousness and anxiousness ranges will nonetheless be very excessive as Tokyo 2020 kicks-off amid protests and rising instances of Covid-19 contained in the Games Village and across the whole nation.

The pandemic had compelled the first-ever postponement of the Olympics final yr which is why the Games have retained the Tokyo 2020 title regardless of being performed in 2021.

Japan is now bracing for a troublesome two weeks as fears of an outbreak of Covid nonetheless looms massive within the nation regardless of not permitting any spectators for the showpiece occasion this yr. This would be the first time the Olympics will likely be held behind closed doorways to minimise well being dangers from the lethal virus which has wreaked havoc within the final yr and a half.

Massive protests have taken place all over Japan, asking for the cancellation of the Games however Tokyo 2020 organisers and the International Olympics Committee (IOC) are prepared to put their status in danger to go forward with the delayed Olympics amid the challenges they proceed to face in one other pandemic yr.

TOKYO OLYMPICS FULL COVERAGE

Japan has witnessed large protests calling for the cancellation of Tokyo 2020 due to the pandemic (AP Photo)

The opening ceremony would be the first to take the hit when it begins in Tokyo Friday afternoon. The ceremony is not going to have the mass choreography, big props and the cornucopia of dancer, actors and lights this time, as confirmed by Marco Balich, longtime opening ceremonies govt producer, and now a senior advisor to the Tokyo ceremonies govt producer.

So far there have been 67 instances of COVID-19 infections in Japan amongst these accredited for the Games since July 1, when many athletes and officers began arriving.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach nonetheless, is assured that the Games wouldn’t be a super-spreader occasion, however solely time will inform if the danger of holding it this yr was value it or not.

Bach even met Japan’s Emperor Naruhito on Thursday and guaranteed him that organisers have been doing their utmost not to convey infections into the host nation.

IOC President Thomas Bach met with Japan’s emperor a day earlier than the opening ceremony, the place Naruhito is anticipated to converse (AP Photo)

WHAT’S AT STAKE FOR THE ATHLETES?

More than 11,000 athletes will likely be competing on the quadrennial occasion from 205 international locations in 339 occasions in 33 sports activities throughout 50 disciplines over 17 days. More than 300 medals will likely be up for grabs on the thirty second Olympiad this yr.

United States, Great Britain, China, Russia, Japan and Germany will as soon as once more be the favourites to high the medals tally this yr like they did in Rio in 2016.

The 2021 Games can even see the introduction of recent competitions together with 3×3 basketball and freestyle BMX, and the return of madison biking, baseball and softball.

INDIA AT TOKYO 2020

India will likely be represented by a 228-member robust contingent on the Games this yr, the most important squad India has ever despatched at an Olympics (AP Photo)

More than a billion hearts will likely be beating for the Indian athletes as soon as they begin their campaigns on the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics from July 23.

India has despatched a 228-member robust contingent for the Games that can embrace 119 athletes competing for 85 medal occasions on the Olympics. This is the most important contingent that will likely be representing the nation on the Games with 67 male and 52 feminine members.

Hopes will likely be sky-high from the Indian athletes as they acquired a yr additional to put together for the Olympics. They can even be determined to change India’s fortune on the Games this yr after the frustration of simply 2 medals within the earlier version.

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