A Limited Number of Athletes Will Be Able to Attend the Opening Ceremonies in Tokyo

Published Apr 30 2021 at 1:33 AM GMT
  • One of the most iconic moments at the Olympics is the Parade of Nations during the opening ceremonies, where the athletes from every country walk in behind their nation's flag and stand together to watch the festivities.
  • But like many things at this year's Summer Olympics in Tokyo, this tradition will be have to be altered to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • In January, Reuters reported that the International Olympic Committee expects just 6,000 athletes to attend the opening ceremonies, instead of the previous estimate of 11,000.
  • The closing ceremonies will also be smaller because of restrictions at the Olympic Village.
  • Athletes won't be allowed to arrive on the grounds more than five days before their event, and they'll need to leave within two days of finishing their competition, significantly reducing the number of athletes who will be present for the ceremonial lighting (and extinguishing) of the Olympic flame.


  • Published Apr 30, 2021 1:33 AM GMT