The unlikely star of Tokyo's Opening Ceremony

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Millions of viewers astir the satellite person watched arsenic the Tokyo Olympic Games were yet opened, successful a moving Opening Ceremony that was delayed by 12 months by the COVID-19 pandemic. Check retired the champion images from the ceremonial that culminated successful tennis prima Naomi Osaka lighting the cauldron.

By Brett Graham|3:28pm Jul 23, 2021

Arisa Tsubata runs connected  a treadmill during the Opening Ceremony

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Arisa Tsubata runs connected a treadmill during the Opening Ceremony

Olympic boxing hopeful Arisa Tsubata is 1 of 3 athletes who performed by moving out, signifying however athletes person had to bid successful isolation during the pandemic.

Tsubata, who is besides a caregiver who has treated COVID-19 patients during the pandemic, missed qualifying for the Games aft the pandemic forced a alteration to the process.

Drone show  implicit    the main   stadium

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Drone show implicit the main stadium

A drone show is seen implicit the apical of the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

1800 drones flew supra the stadium to signifier a globe successful the sky.

"Pretty unthinkable drone globe implicit the stadium," ABC's James Longman tweeted.

Fireworks implicit    the main   stadium

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Fireworks implicit the main stadium

Fireworks are seen erupting from the extortion of the main stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Fireworks implicit    the main   stadium

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Fireworks implicit the main stadium

Fireworks airy up the nighttime entity supra the main stadium astatine the opening of the Opening Ceremony for the Tokyo Olympic Games of 2021.

Empty seats successful  the main   stadium during the Opening Ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics 2021.

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Empty seats successful the main stadium during the Opening Ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics 2021.

Empty seats successful the main stadium during the Opening Ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics 2021.

The Japanese emblem  enters the stadium

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The Japanese emblem enters the stadium

The Japanese emblem is brought into the main stadium during the Opening Ceremony for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The Olympic rings

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The Olympic rings

The Olympic rings are displayed during the Opening Ceremony for the Tokyo Games.

Argentina Olympic team

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Argentina Olympic team

The Argentinian Olympic squad enters the main stadium during the parade of athletes astatine the Opening Ceremony.

Great Britain enters the stadium

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Great Britain enters the stadium

Flag bearers Hannah Mills and Mohamed Sbihi of Team Great Britain leads their squad retired during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Australian athletes participate  the stadium

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Australian athletes participate the stadium

Flag bearers Cate Campbell and Patty Mills of Team Australia pb their squad successful during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Australia enters the stadium

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Australia enters the stadium

Flag bearers Cate Campbell and Patty Mills pb the Australian squad into the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Australian squad  marches successful  the opening   ceremony

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Australian squad marches successful the opening ceremony

The Australian Olympic squad marches successful the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Games.

Australian athletes marque   their mode   into the stadium during the opening   ceremonial  of the Tokyo Olympics 2021.

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Australian athletes marque their mode into the stadium during the opening ceremonial of the Tokyo Olympics 2021.

Australian athletes marque their mode into the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics 2021.

The parade of nations

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The parade of nations

Athletes march into the main stadium during the parade of nations astatine the Tokyo Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

Pita Taufatofua leads retired  Tonga

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Pita Taufatofua leads retired Tonga

Taekwondo practitioner Pita Taufatofua leads the Tongan squad retired astatine the Tokyo Olympics. It's the 3rd clip he's had the honour, aft the 2016 Rio Games and the 2018 Winter Olympics, wherever helium competed successful the 15km freestyle skiing race.

Russian Olympic team

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Russian Olympic team

The Russian Olympic squad enters the stadium. The Russian squad walked retired with a neutral emblem and nether the acronym of ROC which stands for Russian Olympic Committee.

Russia was sanctioned by CAS for respective doping violations successful 2020, banning it from each large sporting events for 2 years.

Japan enters the stadium

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Japan enters the stadium

The Japanese Olympic squad participate the stadium during the Opening Ceremony, with flagbearers Yui Susaki and Rui Hachimura starring the way.

The Olympic emblem  enters

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The Olympic emblem enters

The Olympic emblem is carried into the main stadium during the Opening Ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics.

One of those carrying the emblem was Australian shooter Elena Galiabovitch, who has been heavy progressive successful the combat against COVID-19 successful Australia implicit the past 18 months.

Drone show  implicit    the main   stadium

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Drone show implicit the main stadium

Drones alert implicit the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games astatine Olympic Stadium connected July 23, 2021 successful Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Naomi Osaka lights the cauldron.

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Naomi Osaka lights the cauldron.

Tennis prima Naomi Osaka lights the cauldron astatine the Tokyo Olympics.

Naomi Osaka lights the cauldron

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Naomi Osaka lights the cauldron

Tennis champion Naomi Osaka lights the cauldron to unfastened the Tokyo Olympic Games.

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