When is the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony? UK start time for 2020 event as fans banned from attending
The greatest show on Earth is about to begin and Tokyo 2020 is set to put on a show for the millions of viewers around the world. Expect to delve into Japan's rich history and of course see the Olympic torch in all its glory during the opening ceremony - but under current coronavirus restrictions it's still unclear how many athletes and fans will be in attendance.
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The greatest show on Earth has always been the slogan attached to the Olympic Games and the opening ceremonies are usually nothing short of spectacular.
Cast your mind back to 2012 in London when Danny Boyle directed the opening ceremony with the likes of Paul McCartney, Dizzee Rascal, James Bond, the Queen and even Mr Bean made an appearance.
Tokyo 2020 might not have the same atmosphere witnessed at previous opening ceremonies due to fans being banned from attending, but everyone is still expecting loud music, flashing lights and fireworks galore.
It's unclear how many athletes will be allowed to attend the opening ceremony
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Olympic organisers are yet to confirm how many people will be in attendance with some members of the International Olympic Committee, diplomats, foreign dignitaries and Olympic sponsors still expected to attend.
It also raises the question as to how many athletes will attend.
Usually, athletes competing will do a lap of the stadium with their country and its flag bearers before enjoying the party but it’s yet to be confirmed if this tradition will go ahead given the strict coronavirus measures in place.
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