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PM Modi lauds “dynamic” Indian contingent at Tokyo Olympics

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PN Modi at the opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics.

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seen taking “a few glimpses” of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday. The Prime Minister was seen cheering the Indian party while watching the ceremony on television.

“All the best to our dynamic contingent,” he tweeted.

The Tokyo Olympics began at the nearly empty Japan National Stadium after a year’s delay due to the pandemic situation. The event lacked the usual glare in attendance of less than 1,000 people, strict social distancing rules and signs for spectators to “stay calm around the venue”.

Athletes from around the world paraded through the Olympic Stadium to represent their nations, the first time their smiles were hidden behind masks.

India is being represented in the Tokyo Olympics by its largest contingent of over 120 athletes, including the highest female representation of 56 players.

A video begins the show with athletes training at home during the coronavirus pandemic, with pink fireworks flying through the air after the countdown.

The ceremony is being held at the 68,000-capacity stadium in front of a few hundred officials and dignitaries, including Emperor Naruhito of Japan, French President Emmanuel Macron and US First Lady Jill Biden.

Earlier in the day, PM Modi congratulated his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga ahead of the Olympic opening ceremony and said, “We look forward to a season of incredible performances by the world’s best players”.

With input from agencies

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