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July 23, 2021 / 09:52 PM IST

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Opening Ceremony Highlights | Naomi Osaka lights Tokyo Games cauldron with Olympic flame

Tokyo Olympics 2020 LIVE Updates: India is being represented by its largest-ever contingent of 127 athletes at the Tokyo Games, which also includes the highest female representation of 56 sportspersons.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 LIVE Updates: The COVID-hit Olympic Games is set to finally kick off on July 23, with the Tokyo Olympics 2020 Opening Ceremony scheduled to take place at 4.30 pm as per Indian Standard Time. A total of target="_blank" rel=nofollow>20 Indian athletes from seven sports and six officials will participate in the Olympics opening ceremony as COVID-19 concerns and competitions lined up the next day led to a majority of the contingent deciding to stay away from the event. From hockey, only flag-bearer, men's team captain Manpreet Singh, will participate in the ceremony. The list of 20 attendees includes four paddlers, including Manika Batra and A Sharath Kamal, and as many sailing team members. Lone fencer CA Bhavani Devi, gymnast Pranati Naik and swimmer Sajan Prakash besides as many as eight boxers will also be there. Apart from MC Mary Kom, who is also a flag-bearer alongside Manpreet, Lovlina Borgohain, Pooja Rani, Amit Panghal, Manish Kaushik, Ashish Kumar and Satish Kumar will participate in the ceremony. India is being represented by more than 125 athletes in the Games with the overall contingent size being 228, including officials, coaches, other support staff and alternate athletes in view of the COVID-19. Click here for Moneycontrol's complete coverage of Tokyo Games.
  • July 23, 2021 / 09:51 PM IST

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  • July 23, 2021 / 09:50 PM IST

    Naomi Osaka, who lit Olympic cauldron, 'a symbol of hope for her home country'## Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Highlights | Naomi Osaka, who lit Olympic cauldron, 'a symbol of hope for her home country'

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  • July 23, 2021 / 09:12 PM IST

    Naomi Osaka lights Tokyo Games cauldron with Olympic flame## Olympics 2020 Opening Ceremony | Naomi Osaka lights Tokyo Games cauldron with Olympic flame

    Tennis star Naomi Osaka has lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games, ending the flames long journey from Greece to these delayed Olympics.

    The cauldron sat atop a peak inspired by Mount Fuji. Its a sphere that opened like a flower, to embody vitality and hope, organizers said. A second cauldron has been placed in Tokyos waterfront area was to be lit after the opening ceremony.

    Its always a mystery until the last moment who gets the honor of lighting the cauldron.

    Sadaharu Oh, Shigeo Nagashima and Hideki Matsui were among the baseball greats who took part in bringing the flame into the stadium. They passed it to a doctor and nurse, Hiroko Oohash and Junko Kitagawa, who ran a couple hundred yards with it.

    Wakako Tsuchida, a Paralympic athlete, took it from them and began rolling it and his wheelchair closer to the stage as athletes and others on the floor for the ceremony rushed forward for a closer look.

    A group of six students were next to bring it closer to the stage, and at the foot of the stage with the last torch was Osaka the four-time Grand Slam winner who will compete at the Tokyo Games.

    She brought it to the center of the stage. A staircase emerged, the cauldron opened and Osaka walked to the top, the Olympic and Japanese flags blowing in the breeze off to her left. She dipped the flame in, the cauldron ignited and fireworks filled the sky.

    AP

  • July 23, 2021 / 09:07 PM IST

    Olympics 2020 LIVE Updates | Rowing events rescheduled: SAI

    "Owing to the weather conditions, rowing events on July 24 have been rescheduled," the Sports Authority of India (SAI) tweeted.

  • July 23, 2021 / 08:45 PM IST

    Olympics officially open, Indians in action tomorrow## Tokyo Olympics 2020 LIVE Updates | Olympics officially open, Indians in action tomorrow

    Tokyo Olympcis 2020, under the shadow of COVID-19 pandemic, is finally open. Members of the Indian contingent will be in action tomorrow. Here is the schedule shared by Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur.

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  • July 23, 2021 / 08:05 PM IST

    Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony LIVE Updates | Paper doves rain from the sky at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Take a look

  • July 23, 2021 / 08:00 PM IST

    Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony LIVE Updates | Visual of the Olympic Flag being taken into the stadium by six athletes who have given their time to serve as essential workers in their local communities. (Image Source: Official Olympics Twitter)

      Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony LIVE Updates |  Visual of the Olympic Flag being taken into the stadium by six athletes who have given their time to serve as essential workers in their local communities. (Image Source: Official Olympics Twitter)
  • July 23, 2021 / 07:57 PM IST

    Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony LIVE Updates | Visual of the Olympic Flag is carried into the stadium by six athletes who gave their time to provide serve as essential workers in their local communities. (Image Source: Official Olympics Twitter)

     

      Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony LIVE Updates |  Visual of the Olympic Flag is carried into the stadium by six athletes who gave their time to provide serve as essential workers in their local communities. (Image Source: Official Olympics Twitter) 



  
  • July 23, 2021 / 07:53 PM IST

    Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony LIVE Updates | Visual post-opening of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo (Image Source: Tokyo 2020 on Twitter)

      Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony LIVE Updates |  Visual post-opening of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo (Image Source: Tokyo 2020 on Twitter)
  • July 23, 2021 / 07:49 PM IST

    Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony LIVE Updates | Olympics declared open!

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  • July 23, 2021 / 07:47 PM IST

    Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony LIVE Updates | After more than half a century, the Olympic Games have returned to Tokyo. Now we will do everything in our power to make this Games a source of pride for generations to come: President HASHIMOTO Seiko at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

  • July 23, 2021 / 07:45 PM IST

    Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony LIVE Updates | The games are officially declared open!

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