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Opening Ceremony of a Different Kind: Final Preparations in the Israeli Delegation for Friday - Walla! Tokyo 2020 Olympics

2021-07-21T16:11:34.107Z

Because the order of the delegations at the ceremony will be determined this time according to the Japanese alphabet, Israel will ascend earlier than usual - the 17th country. 35 athletes will march out of the 90, most of them from the baseball team



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A different kind of opening ceremony: final preparations in the Israeli delegation for Friday

Because the order of the delegations at the ceremony will be determined this time according to the Japanese alphabet, Israel will ascend earlier than usual - the 17th country.

35 athletes will march out of the 90, most of them from the baseball team, while the judo representatives will be absent.

Our envoy to Tokyo, Yaniv Tuchman, presents: This is what the opening ceremony of the Israeli delegation will look like

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Yaniv Tuchman, our envoy to Tokyo

Wednesday, 21 July 2021, 17:03 Updated: 17:25

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Towards Tokyo 2020 (Olympics website)

Final preparations in the Israeli delegation to Tokyo ahead of the opening ceremony the next day. The Israeli delegation will march in 17th place at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on Friday evening (14:00 Israel time). It usually takes a long time in Israel at every Olympics for the Israeli delegation to fly the flag. Here in Tokyo what determines is the Japanese alphabet and according to which Israel is ranked relatively at the beginning. As always, the first team to march will be Greece, where the Olympics began, followed immediately by the World Refugee Team. The delegations will then begin marching in the Japanese language as the march will be closed by the United States, France and host Japan. The United States because it will host the 2028 Olympics and France because it will host the Games in three years.



35 athletes will march in the Israeli delegation out of the 90 that will compete in Tokyo.

Most of the delegation that will march will consist of the baseball team that will land in Tokyo tomorrow and enter directly into the Olympic Village.

The sailors who are in the distant Hynoshima will not attend the ceremony and also the 12 women and men in judo, will be absent to maintain a high level of concentration.

The organizers allowed only six non-athlete professionals to march at the opening ceremony, while the rest must be athletes.

Only three people from Israel will be able to sit in the stands: Minister of Culture and Sports Hili Trooper who took off from Israel and is on his way to Tokyo, Chairman of the Israel Olympic Committee Yigal Carmi and CEO Gili Lustig, who has been busy last week with meetings and arrangements until the wee hours of the night.

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They are mainly the ones who represented Israel at the opening ceremony.

Baseball Team Players (Photo: AP, Matt York)

The chairman of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, personally invited Ilana Romano and Anki Spitzer, widows of the Munich martyrs, to the ceremony, and they too are expected to sit in a stadium that will be mostly empty due to the ban on crowds.

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