India at Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony: Mary Kom, Manpreet Singh lead India; As it happened

India at Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony: Mary Kom, Manpreet Singh lead India; As it happened:  The world’s biggest sporting spectacle has begun with a much-anticipated opening ceremony. Five-time world champion Mary Kom and men’s hockey captain Manpreet Singh led the way as India made its way at the Parade of Nations during the Opening Ceremony of Tokyo Olympics on Friday here at the Japan National Stadium. Twenty-five members from the Indian contingent attended the Opening Ceremony.

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India at Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony: Mary Kom, Manpreet Singh lead India; As it happened:

6:50 PM: “My experience helps me stay calm rather than getting overawed by the big occasion,” says Mary Kom.

6:40 PM: Biggest sporting event in the world 32nd Summer Olympic Games got underway with a glittering opening ceremony in Tokyo. Boxer Mary Kom & Indian Men’s Hockey team’s captain Manpreet Singh led the 127-member strong Indian contingent.

6:30 PM: 

6:20 PM: This is Team India‘s 25th appearance at the #Olympics. This is also the biggest ever Indian team at the Olympics.

6:10 PM: I would like to wish all the best to all the athletes and advice them to play without any stress and give their best: First Indian Woman Olympic Medalist

6:03 PM: 

6 PM: Back home, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur was seen waving the Indian flag as the Indian contingent made its way into the stadium.

5:50 PM: Twenty-five members from the Indian contingent attended the Opening Ceremony amid the COVID-19 concerns in the Japanese capital. Ankita Raina was added to the list of players who attended the event on Friday evening while Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal from the Table Tennis team did not attend the Ceremony. Amit, Ashish Kumar, Mary Kom were among the eight boxers who were present at the function along with six Indian officials.

5:45 PM: Even though the Opening Ceremony kicked off, protestors took to the streets to voice their unhappiness of the Games going ahead in Tokyo.

5:40 PM: This year’s Olympics will feature a record 33 sports comprising 339 events. The initial video which kicked off the ceremony showed Tokyo’s elation at winning the bid to host the Games and then the stadium went into darkness as the 2020 event had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

5:30 PM: Refugee Olympic Team enter Opening Ceremony

5:25 PM: Team India at Opening Ceremony


5:22 PM: 

5:20 PM: Moment of silence held at Tokyo Olympics. Tributes were paid to those lost during the pandemic

5:15 PM: 

5:10 PM: Team India is ready for the March past at the Opening Ceremony

5:05 PM: 

5 PM: Japan’s Emperor Narahito has arrived, greeted by the president of the IOC, Thomas Bach. As per BBC, there are estimated to be around 1,000 or so people in attendance – diginitaries and delegates.

4:59 PM:


4:58 PM: The writing’s on the… floor

4:53 PM: The light show 

4:50 PM: The Japanese flag has entered the Olympic stadium


4:45 PM: We’re all connected

4:40 PM: Opening ceremony begins at Japan National Stadium.

4:35 PM: Group of dancers begins their performance

4:30 PM: Here we go! Its ON

4:25 PM: 

4:20 PM: Just 10 minutes to go

4:15 PM: 

4:10 PM: For the first time in #Tokyo2020, all National Olympic Committees have been allowed 1 female & 1 male athlete as flagbearers at the Opening Ceremony. Unfortunately, some could not use this opportunity due to travel complexities & period of stay limits.

4 PM: Hundred of people have gathered outside the Olympic stadium ahead of the Tokyo Olympics for a glimpse of the opening ceremony as the event is being conducted without spectators amid COVID-19 pandemic. As per news agency AFP, only a few hundred dignitaries and officials will be allowed into the 68,000-capacity venue to watch the opening extravaganza

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