Tokyo Olympics: Opening ceremony to have six Indian officials, no limit on number of athletes

With just a couple of days to go before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics gets underway, the world would be watching the grand opening ceremony, set to take place on Friday. However, since the event is being held amidst the tough times surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony would have some limitations.

According to India’s chef-de-mission Prem Kumar Verma, only six Indian officials would be allowed during the ceremony. Furthermore, the athletes who would be competing the next day would be barred from participating in the ceremony to avoid tiredness.

“Six officials are allowed at the ceremony, but there is no cap on athletes. However, we have advised the athletes who have events the next day to skip the ceremony and focus on their game. The ceremony is likely to last till midnight, so they should rest for their events the following day,” he told PTI.

As for the following day, the Indians would be involved in shooting, boxing, archery and hockey. However, Verma asserted that the athletes currently in quarantine would not be allowed to take part in the ceremony. 127 Indian athletes are scheduled to take part during the Games, set to run until August 8.