Time for us to bring this blog to an end. Thank you for joining us, and we hope to see you tomorrow (July 24) as we follow the live action on Day 2 of the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Sayonara!
After the fun, it's time for the games! Action begins early tomorrow (July 24) and India will have medal hopes from many of those in action, including the shooters and Mirabai Chanu (weightlifting). Have a look at the complete schedule here.
Just before the Opening Ceremony, the Archery individual ranking rounds took place on Day 1 morning. India's Deepika Kumari finished 9th, while archers Pravin Jadhav, Atanu Das and Tarundeep Rai came 31st, 35th and 37th, respectively. You can look back at all the updates here.
Here are some of the most remarkable bits of the Opening Ceremony -
The drone show.
And of course, the entry of our very own Indian athletes!
And with that, and some more impressive fireworks, the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 comes to an end. Given the challenges of organizing these Games amidst a global pandemic, Japan have put up quite a beautiful show.
And it's Naomi Osaka who gets to light the Olympic flame! The young tennis sensation and four-time Grand Slam champion seems to be the perfect choice to do the honours.
The torch has entered the stadium and is now being taken around. It has been designed in the shape of a cherry blossom flower, a symbol of Japan. The official website also informs us that the torch has been created in a traditional form, taking advantage of the same aluminum extrusion manufacturing technology used in the production of the Shinkansen Bullet Train.
A symbolic release of doves, and then a really cool pictogram show by performers in blue and white depicting each of the Olympic disciplines. And then it's time for some more performances. First comedy, a tour of the venues around Japan, and now some energetic piano music.
Almost time to find out who will light the Olympic flame…
"I declare open the Games of Tokyo, celebrating the XXXII Olympiad of the modern era."
The Emperor of Japan has declared the Games open! And now the Olympic flag is being brought in… Next up is the Olympic anthem.
“Today is a moment of hope,” says Thomas Bach. “Let us cherish this moment, because finally we are here, all together. This is the unifying power of sport. This is the message of solidarity, the message of peace and the message of resilience. This gives all of us hope for our further journey together.”
Okay, easily one of the most impressive moments on the night. Some 1,800 lit drones have come together beautifully to form a striking globe and the Tokyo 2020 emblem above the stadium. This is being followed by a rendition of John Lennon's Imagine by a collection of global artists.
And now it's time for some official speeches… First up is Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, followed by IOC chief Thomas Bach
Time for the Olympic Oath, read out by selected Japanese athletes.
All the athletes are now in. A big cheer goes up as the Olympic motto is displayed!
And after a long wait, in walk the hosts Japan. Their large contingent is led by wrestler Yui Susaki and basketball player Rui Hachimura.
The penultimate team in are France, hosts of the 2024 Olympics.
We're in the 200s now… And the hosts of the 2028 Olympics, the United States of America are now making their way in.
Okay, Tonga's Pita Taufatofua has definitely made his presence felt!
Our neighbouring countries of China, Pakistan and Nepal have made their way in.
Meanwhile, I am also learning of countries such as Palau and Tonga. We're more than halfway through…
Have a look at this stunning outfit worn by the singer who sang Japan's national anthem earlier during the Opening Ceremony.
It is also fascinating to watch the colourful array of official uniforms on display. Who are your favourites so far?
Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur is at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, cheering on the Indian team.
Meanwhile, we are at Switzerland, Spain, Sri Lanka, Seychelles…
The background music as the athletes continue to enter is an orchestral medley of video games soundtracks.
I think we are about 60 countries in. This is a great time to increase your knowledge of world geography as well - Did you know there is a country called eSwatini? Formerly known as Swaziland.
More familiar names include Great Britain, Australia, Italy…
As the Parade continues, it is hard not to notice the muted feel due to the lack of spectators in the stadium. Only about 1,000 officials and VIPs are present to witness the Opening Ceremony. The athletes themselves are wearing masks and maintaining social distancing as they walk in. And the numbers are limited, with most opting out due to Covid concerns.
India is in Tokyo! MC Mary Kom and Mandeep Singh lead out just 25 of the 228-strong contingent sent by India to this year's Olympics.
The Refugee Olympic Team comes in second after Greece. Then Iceland, Ireland, Afghanistan, UAE… Argentina's athletes definitely enjoying the moment as they dance their way in…
The teams enter in alphabetical order according to the language selected by the Organizing Committee, which this year is Japanese. As such, India will be 21st out of 206 contingents in the Parade of Nations.
“The great moment has arrived.”
The athletes are entering the stadium. As always, Greece come in first, as the first hosts of the ancient and modern Olympics.
Japan, as this year's hosts, will enter last.
A Japanese cultural performance is taking place, with performers dressed as carpenters performing a folk song. And we can now see five wooden Olympic rings, made from wood taken from trees planted by athletes during the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.
A moment of silence now to honour the memory of those who lost their lives in the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as in tribute to those Olympians who have passed away. Also remembered are members of the Israeli Olympic team who lost their lives during the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Emperor Naruhito has entered the surreal setting of the mostly empty Tokyo Olympic Stadium, along with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach. Interestingly, the Emperor was also present along with his grandfather when the Games were last held in Tokyo in 1964.
The Japan flag has been raised after a rendition of the Japanese national anthem.
After a display of fireworks, there is a performance to show the preparation put in by athletes for the ultimate competition, including some of them running on treadmills and pedaling stationary bikes.
The Opening Ceremony begins! After a short animation, we took a look back at the time since Tokyo was awarded the Games in 2013, followed by the delay and uncertainty caused due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
After all the questions, controversies, rules and drama, we're almost ready to kick off. It's time!
India will be led into the stadium by their flag bearers, boxer MC Mary Kom and men's hockey captain Mandeep Singh. They look ready, are you?
The Tokyo Olympics 2020 are all set to officially get underway. Join us for live updates from the Opening Ceremony at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.