Collective choreographies, light explosions and massive props. Olympic opening ceremonies often include a folk festival and the opportunity for host nations to use them as global showcases in front of hundreds of millions of television viewers around the world.
It is unclear how many people will watch the opening of the postponed corona pandemic games in Tokyo. But obviously it will be a different show.
The opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 was a huge opportunity for Russia to celebrate the country’s history by celebrating, among other things, the hammering and cutting of the roof, as hundreds of dancers recreated a Soviet rocket launch.
When Brazil hosted the Summer Olympics two years later, Rio’s Maracanã Stadium looked like a carnival arena dressed in all the colors of the rainbow as more than 10,000 athletes marched in front of the packed stands.
Some similar scenes Can’t wait for Friday. According to Marco Balich, who was responsible for production in Rio but was also involved in planning the upcoming Olympic opening in Tokyo. The reason is the corona epidemic.
In addition to delaying the Games for a year, the spread of infection in Japan meant that spectators were not allowed in the Olympic arenas. A minor exception was made for the opening ceremony, which was attended by around 950 people, including government officials and foreign dignitaries.
Despite the restrictions, there is strong dissatisfaction that the games are being played in the country, and on Tuesday, Olympic base Toshiro Muto refused to deny that the games could be canceled anytime soon. it has already started.
– It will be a more solemn ceremony. But it will include beautiful Japanese aesthetics. It will be very Japanese, but it will also be in line with the current feeling, with reality, Marco Balich told Reuters.
Few athletes More than ever, the traditional parade will take place before other obligatory elements such as the lighting of the Olympic torch and the symbolic release of the peace pigeons. The event, which will start at 13:00 Swedish time, will be held with social distancing.
The Swedish flag will be carried by field competition rider Sara Algotsson Ostholt, who won medals at the 2012 Olympics, and sailor Max Salminen. The games are expected to be opened by Emperor Naruhito of Japan.
– It will be very different, meaningful compared to previous magnificent ceremonies. The time is now and this is a good undertaking. It’s a proper and honest ceremony, Marco Balich told Reuters.
It is still unknown how many Who will attend the traditional art program? One thing is clear is that the newly built Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, which under other circumstances could hold 68,000 spectators, will echo almost empty.
The Olympic associations of several countries chose to spend as little time in the country as possible. But despite the absence of all athletes and the games yet to open, at least 80 cases of covid-19 linked to the Olympics have been found.
“Japanese organizers must fight to find a balance between respecting aesthetics and respecting fears and anxieties about the Olympics and the virus,” Marco Balich told Reuters.
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