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World leaders from 15 nations attend the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics

World leaders from 15 nations attend the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics

Leaders from around 15 countries are expected to attend the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. Organizers say the number of attendees could be as low as 1,000 due to the pandemic. French President Emmanuel Macron and US first lady Jill Biden are among those who have already said they will attend.

Key Summary

  • Leaders from over 15 countries are set to attend the Covid-hit Tokyo Olympics’ opening ceremony on Friday.
  • Because of the epidemic, reports in Japan predict that the number of people attending the ceremony in person could be as low as 1,000.
  • Around 70 cabinet-level officials are also expected to visit Japan, with the number of VIPs attending the opening ceremony yet unknown.

Leaders from over 15 countries are set to attend the Covid-hit Tokyo Olympics’ opening ceremony on Friday.

Because of the epidemic, reports in Japan predict that the number of people attending the ceremony in person could be as low as 1,000.

The decision to limit the number of people attending the opening ceremony at Tokyo’s National Stadium was made in light of the organizers’ efforts to contain the growing Covid-19 outbreak, according to Japanese government Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato, as quoted by the ‘Kyodo’ news agency.

Around 70 cabinet-level officials are also expected to visit Japan, adding that the number of VIPs attending the opening ceremony is still unknown.

French President Emmanuel Macron, Mongolian Prime Minister Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene, and US first lady Jill Biden are among the world leaders who have already confirmed their attendance at the opening ceremony.

However, due to an increase in coronavirus cases in Japan, many world leaders have canceled their trips to the sport’s pinnacle event.

According to Chief Cabinet, the Games will provide Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga with a “valuable opportunity to build up personal relationships” with international leaders, which has been hampered for the past one-and-a-half years due to the pandemic, according to Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato.

Because of the global epidemic, the Tokyo Olympics will be staged under a state of emergency with no spectators.

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