Tokyo 2020 is finally here – and the Olympic Games opening ceremony will officially kick it all off on July 23.
The COVID-adjusted event will take place behind closed doors, with a reduced parade of athletes marching behind their flagbearers.
How to watch the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony in Australia?
On Channel 7, 8.30pm – 12.30am
Who are Australia’s Olympic flagbearers?
Australia has appointed two flagbearers for the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony, where approximately 50 Australians will march in the COVID-adjusted event.
Swimming champion Cate Campbell and basketball veteran Patty Mills will share the honour of carrying the flag on Friday night.
While swimming’s schedule has been the obvious roadblock preventing some of the nation’s most esteemed Olympians, Campbell accepted after discussions with her coaches.
Mills will become the first Indigenous Australian to carry the flag at an opening ceremony.
Who are the Channel 7 Olympics opening ceremony commentators?
Broadcasting icon Bruce McAvaney, entering his 11th Olympics, will lead the coverage of the opening ceremony.
He will be joined by fan favourites Johanna Griggs, Hamish McLachlan and Abbey Gelmi, and Australian broadcaster Kumi Taguchi, who currently hosts Insight on SBS.
“We talk about courage, Olympian courage – to continue when it seems impossible to go on,” McAvaney says in his opener.
“Well, here we are, the world determined to come together to unite against the odds.
“So take your marks Australia as we look forward to an Olympic Games like no other. This will be 17 unforgettable days that reunite the world.”
Who is performing at the Olympics opening ceremony?
Unfortunately, that’s a secret – as is the identity of the person who will light the cauldron.
Organisers are tight-lipped about the opening ceremony, only revealing the hopeful theme of the night: “Moving forward.”
Only a handful of VIPs will fill some of the 68,000 seats inside the stadium, including Japan’s Emperor Naruhito – who will open the Games – and the likes of AOC president John Coates and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Also attending are US First Lady Jill Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.