WATCH: Japanese pilots create 5 Olympic rings over Tokyo during their practice flight ahead of opening ceremony

The 5 Olympic rings signify the five continents: Europe, Africa, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 21 July 2021 7:34 pm

The world is set to witness one of the most anticipated Summer Games in Tokyo after they were unfortunately postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the threat of the deadly virus still looms over the event, it seems like the organizers are really confident of pulling off the event. The preparations for the same have already begun in full flow and a glimpse of the same was witnessed by everyone on Wednesday.

Just two days before the opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics 2020, the Japanese pilots were seen practising their drills to announce the arrival of the mega event in style. In their practice flight, the pilots drew the famous five Olympic rings in the sky over the city which left everyone mesmerized. It was a beautiful sight for the viewers as everyone had been waiting for the Games to begin for such a long time.

Significance of 5 Olympic rings

The 5 Olympic rings signify the five continents: Europe, Africa, Asia, Africa and Oceania. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) believes that the symbol reinforces the idea that the Olympic Movement is global and it goes across borders inviting all countries of the world to join and compete against each other, promoting the spirit of the sport.

Therefore, the symbol of five interconnected rings is a very huge part of the Games. The Japanese pilots are certainly leaving no stones unturned to mark the special occasion of the beginning of the Tokyo Olympics in an emphatic style.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020 opening ceremony will not be grand

Considering the COVID-19 protocols in mind, the organizers have confirmed that the opening ceremony for the Games will not be as grand and glamorous as the previous ones. “It will be a much more sobering ceremony. Nevertheless with beautiful Japanese aesthetics. Very Japanese but also in sync with the sentiment of today, the reality,” said Marco Balich who has been an opening ceremony executive producer for a long time.

There will be strict social-distancing protocols in place during the ceremony at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium. The team parade will be smaller with only a few officials present in the stands. The opening ceremony is set to take place on July 23, Friday at IST 4:30 PM onwards.