The much-awaited Tokyo Olympics is officially underway with the opening ceremony at the Tokyo National Stadium in the host city. While the opening ceremony was not as vibrant as it has been in the past editions owing to the scenario around the World, the passion of athletes was at an all-time high.
The subdued opening ceremony saw small contingents of the participating nations march out with their national flags held high. The Games saw participating nations nominate a pair of flag bearers to represent both genders at the grand stage. The parade was led by Greece and was concluded by the host country of Japan.
Anurag Thakur evades screen during Indian contingent’s entrance at Tokyo Olympics; Fans irked
The Indian contingent marched into the opening ceremony at number 22. The countries were lined alphabetically according to the Japanese language which paced India (Indo in Japanese) at 22. But the fans, who were eagerly waiting for the entry of the Indian contingent, were left disappointed as Sports minister Anurag Thakur evaded the screen.
Broadcaster Sony Sports Network chose to show Thakur in half of the screen as the Indian Olympic contingent led by Mary Kom and Manpreet Singh walked in. Fans are irked by the fact that they failed to grasp the contingent’s entry as the broadcasters chose to shift their focus to the sports minister who was seen cheering from his office with the national flag in his hand.