A classical and moving ceremony has opened the 25th Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
The ceremony marked the official opening of Tokyo 2020, a year later than planned.
The ceremony itself was classical and a reminder of all the world has gone through over the last couple of years.
Just media and around 900 dignitaries, including US First Lady Dr Jill Biden and French president Emmanuel Macron, were allowed to watch the ceremony live. This meant that the 68,000-seater venue was essentially empty.
New Zealand’s Flag Bearers, Sarah Hirini and David Nyika led New Zealand’s team with many other countries in the new National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
The start of the Olympic games began with the lighting of the Olympic torch. However, this was different to previous years, as the organizers had decided to cancel the Olympic Torch relay. This was because of the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Matsuyama city.
The honour of lighting the flame was given to Naomi Osaka. She is one of the world’s top female tennis players and a true sporting superstar in Japan.