Taken behind closed doors, the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on Friday sometimes confused viewers.
Many Internet users did not understand the order of the parade of the 206 delegations present in Japan.
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As is customary, Greece, cradle of Olympism, opened the ball before the Olympic team of refugees, to the rhythm of music from video games like Mario, Final Fantasy, Sonic, but behind, nations like the Iceland and Ireland followed suit while we would rather expect countries like Afghanistan, South Africa, Albania, used to the front row seats in previous editions.
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This year, the organizing country decided to follow the Japanese alphabetical order to launch its parade while in 1964 in Tokyo (Summer Olympics), in 1972 in Sapporo (Winter Olympics) or even in Nagano in 1998 ( Winter Olympics), the Latin alphabet had been adopted to allow the majority of viewers around the planet to find each other.
The country presentation signs, announced in French in the stadium (the official Olympic language), are written in the Latin alphabet on the front and a Japanese version on the back.
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France, which had around 80 representatives out of 378 athletes sent to Japan, was to make its appearance in the stadium in penultimate position, just ahead of Japan, the host country, which will hand over the baton to Paris in 2024.