After a year-long delay because of the Corona virus pandemic, the Tokyo Olympic Games get underway with the scaled down opening ceremony this evening. The mega quadrennial event will kick off at 4.30 pm Indian time at the newly-built National Stadium in the Japanese capital. The ceremony will have none of the usual splendour and grandiosity. Only about 950 people, including officials and reporters will be allowed to watch the ceremony. The march-past will happen in the Japanese alphabetical order.
From India, only 28 members, comprising six officials and 22 athletes will participate in the Opening Ceremony. Indian men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh will be the flag-bearer alongside boxer M.C. Mary Kom.
Athletes from archery, judo, badminton, weightlifting, tennis, shooting and hockey will not be part of the ceremony due to their events happening today and tomorrow. The games took off informally yesterday with softball and football events. Today Archery, Shooting, Rowing, and Equestrian events will kick off.
Elaborate arrangements made by All India Radio, Doordarshan & DD Sports to cover Tokyo Olympics
All India Radio, Doordarshan and DD Sports will do a mega coverage of Olympics -2020. The coverage spans from pre to post-Olympics and will also be available on Digital platforms of Doordarshan and All India Radio. DD Sports, DD News and DD India will broadcast daily shows and Special programmes on Olympics. Different sporting events at the Olympics will be broadcast Live daily on DD Sports from 5 AM to 7 PM.
All AIR Capital stations, FM Rainbow network, DRM and other interested AIR stations will broadcast programmes on Olympics. The programmes will also be carried over AIR Youtube Channel, DTH and on NewsonAir Mobile App. Daily highlights and periodic FM s will also be given. The News Services Division of All India Radio has been broadcasting Olympics Quiz daily in its Sports Scan programme since 1st of this month.
Winners from all over the country will get Team India Jersey. Daily profiles of Indian team members are being given in Sports Scan Programme and Prime Time News Bulletins. Exclusive news stories focusing on India’s medal prospects, preparations of the team and support by the government as well as exclusive interviews and special discussion Programmes are also being broadcast. Messages of eminent sportspersons, coaches, relatives of team members and social influencers will be broadcast by AIR News and its 46 Regional News units in 77 languages. Social media platforms of the News Network of All India Radio across the country are amplifying the coverage by posting photos, videos and related stories through Tweets and Info-graphics in English, Hindi and Regional Languages.