Tokyo Olympics: Tokyo set for unusual opening ceremony amid COVID-19 fears
Xtra Time Web Desk: The wait is finally over as Tokyo Olympics is all set to begin on Friday with an unusual opening ceremony in the 68,000 seat Olympic Stadium. Only 1,000 dignitaries will be present at the stadium for the opening extravaganza, usually a time of celebration for the host nation. But due to the unforeseen circumstances surrounding COVID-19 surge across Japan, the opening ceremony will go ahead without any razzmatazz and fanfare. With already a year being delayed due to the pandemic the organizers are hoping the greatest sporting extravaganza goes off smoothly.
The atmosphere across the host nation is far from enthusiastic as the general public is largely locked out and distrustful of the Games, fearing an influx of infections from the foreign visitors. Glimpses of rehearsals witnessed by Tokyo residents suggest a high-tech show including a drone display.
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito will be chief among the VIPs, along with a smattering of world leaders and senior figures including US First Lady Jill Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Virus concerns remain high in Japan, with Tokyo under a state of emergency as the Tokyo 2020 finally start from Friday.