OPENING CEREMONY

It’s definitely going to be a weird event, probably the most recent in the history of the Olympics by the time it gets off on an equally unusual start on Friday, the opening ceremony will take place in front of thousands of ’empty seats’ and that’s the story of this year’s games – TOKYO 2020.

In a 68,000 capacity Olympic Stadium, only a thousand special guests including Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, US First Lady Jill Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron will be present for the opening ceremony.

In a normal clime, the entire host country would have been agog with fans (both local and international) as they look forward to the extravagant displays and performances but after the delay caused by the global pandemic, the games will look to go ahead in isolation as every sporting fan has been locked out for fear of spikes in the covid-19 infection rates.

Expect to see more high-tech based performances at the opening ceremony, maybe not necessarily like a sci-fi movie scene but the physical distancing and less contacts will likely be very obvious.

The ceremony’s focal point is the lighting of the Olympic cauldron, which will conclude an uneventful torch relay that started some months ago and has run into several blockades, especially with reference to the pandemic.

The sackings of personnel around the opening ceremony team is also a weird sign that this year’s games will be uniquely interesting.

FOOTBALL
BANDA shines as Zambia makes Olympics Debut

Zambian Captain Barbra Banda shone brightly on the opening day of the games in Tokyo that witnessed quite some stunning results but her individual brilliance still couldn’t save her side from going down 10-3 against current European Champions Netherlands in their opening Group F match.
The Shanghai Shengli striker who was making her debut at the Olympics became the first African woman and Zambian to score a hat-trick in Games history.

The Copper Queens will hope to get their campaign back on track when they tackle China PR on July 24th.