The pandemic-delayed Olympic Video games have lastly begun. Being held in 2021 although, the thirty second version of the multi-sport extravaganza remains to be formally named as Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games. The opening ceremony within the Japanese capital metropolis yesterday heralded the beginning of what has all the time lived as much as its status of being the best present on Earth.
However with followers banned from attending, the inauguration was void of the standard grandeur befitting the worldwide sports activities gala. Nonetheless, dance and music did serve to elevate the sporting spirit, and flashlights and fireworks did ignite the Nationwide Stadium which might have had a capability crowd had Tokyo not been beneath a state of emergency as a result of raging coronavirus pandemic. The opening ceremony additionally featured performances that placed on show the traditions, tradition and charms of the host nation, as is usually the case.
And to be able to promote the spirit of friendship, solidarity and honest play, greater than 11,000 athletes from some 200 nations of the world have converged on Tokyo to take part in 339 occasions that includes 33 sports activities in 50 disciplines. This yr’s theme ‘United by Emotion’ “expresses the hope that spectators, volunteers and athletes … in addition to the billions watching on tv and on-line throughout the globe, will come collectively and perceive that there’s extra that unites than divides them”.
Pakistan has despatched a 20-member squad together with 10 athletes and equal variety of officers – as towards 62 athletes despatched for Melbourne Video games in 1956. Lacking from the nationwide squad is the hockey staff which has gained eight of Pakistan’s complete 10 medals within the Olympics up to now. The nationwide hockey staff, which didn’t qualify for the Olympics for a second time in a row, had final appeared within the London Video games 2012 the place it completed a hopeless seventh. The tiny nationwide contingent, compared with India’s 127 contributors, is a mirrored image of the nation’s downfall in main walks of life.