Elia Viviani – Jessica Rossi
The Tokyo Olympics will start regularly on Friday 23 July: here’s everything you need to know about the opening ceremony and where to see it on TV
Despite strong fears for Covid-19 and protests by the Japanese, the Tokyo Olympics will open regularly on Friday 23 July, as officially confirmed by local and sports authorities.
The opening ceremony will begin at 13.00 Italian (20.00 in Japan) and will be broadcast live on Discovery + (also visible on TIMvision, Amazon Prime and Fastweb platforms) and Eurosport Player (also visible on DAZN platform). Rai will also overturn its schedule for Tokyo 2020: live broadcast of the opening ceremony is scheduled on Rai 2, starting at 1pm, also available on the RaiPlay platform.
The opening ceremony will begin with the speech of the president of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach. As per tradition, he will follow you the parade of participating countries, led by their respective standard-bearers: there will be 204 nations, but 206 delegations. Why this difference? Because the Olympic Refugee Team and the athletes who will participate under the flag of the International Olympic Committee.
Russia, due to anti-doping sanctions, will participate as ROC (Russian Olympic Committee) and will use the flag of its Olympic Committee. The same would have happened to Italy, if the Sport reform had not been corrected in order to ensure the independence of the sector from political control.
Evidently, theCovid emergency will affect the logistical organization of the parade: there will be fewer athletes representing each country, so as to favor respect for the distancing.
As always, the parade will be opened by Greece, cradle of the Olympic Games. The Olympic Refugee Team and the athletes will parade under the flag of the International Olympic Committee, then all the participating nations, according to the Japanese alphabetical order.
Italy will be the 18th country of the parade: our standard-bearers will be the skeet shooting champion Jessica Rossi and the cyclist Elia Viviani. The blue volleyball player Paola Egonu instead he is among the international athletes chosen to carry the Olympic flag.
At the end of the parade, third and second last, there will be United States is France as hosts of the next two summer editions of the Games. Lastly, il Japan landlord, represented by the wrestler Yui Susaki and the basketball player Rui Hachimura.