India cheers Tokyo Olympics contingent

In the Tokyo Olympics 2020 opening ceremony , in a proud moment, the Indian contingent walked out during the Parade of Nations while being led by boxer Mary Kom and men’s hockey captain Manpreet Singh bearing the nation’s flag on Friday. India had 19 of their athletes represent the country in the opening ceremony of the grand event on Friday.

Boxing great MC Mary Kom and Indian hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh were the flag-bearers at Japan’s Olympic Stadium. The stadium was also lit up with fireworks in the Tricolour as a testimony to the nation. This is India’s 25th appearance at the Olympics. This is also the biggest ever Indian team at the Olympics. The Indian athletes walked out proudly waving the Tricolours during the Parade of Nations as they represented the hopes and dreams of a billion people. The teams enter the stadium in alphabetical order according to the language selected by the organising committee, generally the dominant language in the host city. The announcers first call out a country’s name in French and English — the official languages for the Games according to Rule 23 of the Olympic Charter — and then the chosen language. A total of 127 athletes across 18 sports disciplines from India are participating in Olympics. The 69 cumulative events across the 18 sport disciplines that India will participate in is also the highest ever for the country.