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Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony: What we know, who's going and who's not

July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The ambition is to make millions of television watchers around the world gasp and get their jaws dropping.

The Olympic Games' Opening Ceremony is a chance for the host country to show off the best of its culture, introduce the competing countries and athletes and generally get everyone in the mood for a sporting event that brings the world together.

The Opening Ceremony for this year's Summer Games -- which were delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic -- will take place on July 23 in Tokyo's Olympic Stadium.

Marco Balich, a former opening ceremonies executive producer and now a senior advisor to the Tokyo ceremony, told Reuters that Friday's event will be a "sobering" ceremony.

Bearing your country's flag as you and your fellow athletes make their way into a stadium for an opening ceremony is one of the greatest honors bestowed on any Olympian.

For Team USA, four-time Olympic basketball gold medalist Sue Bird and baseball player Eddy Alvarez have been given that honor after they were named as their country's flag bearers for the opening ceremony, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced Wednesday.

The opening ceremony on Friday will mark the first time the US delegation will have two flag-bearers.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be named as one of the flag bearers by my fellow Team USA athletes for the Opening Ceremony," said Alvarez.

For Team GB, Olympic champions Hannah Mills and Mohamed Sbihi have been selected as the team's flagbearers for Friday's opening ceremony.

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