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Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics commence with opening ceremony Friday

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Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics commence with opening ceremony Friday

With dance and music performances, an athlete parade and the ceremonial lighting of the flame, the 2020 Summer Olympic Games are officially underway. The opening ceremony was held at around 6 a.m. Friday at Tokyo’s National Stadium.

Competition will continue in sports including basketball, archery and badminton Friday evening. 

Emperor Naruhito sits alongside Thomas Bach

Emperor Naruhito, third from right, sits alongside Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, third from left, as they attend the opening ceremony with other dignitaries Friday in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Hiromi performs during the opening ceremony

Hiromi performs during the opening ceremony Friday in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Dancers perform during the opening ceremony

Dancers perform during the opening ceremony Friday in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Actors perform during the opening ceremony

Actors perform during the opening ceremony Friday at the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Sue Bird and Eddy Alvarez carry the flag

Sue Bird and Eddy Alvarez carry the US flag during the opening ceremony Friday in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. 

Athletes walk during the opening ceremony

Clockwise from top left, athletes from Tuvalu, Japan, Egypt, Nauru, Germany and the Netherlands walk during the opening ceremony Friday in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. 

An athlete from Mexico waves a small flag

An athlete from Mexico waves a small flag during the opening ceremony Friday in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Athletes of Germany celebrate

Athletes of Germany celebrate as they are introduced during the opening ceremony Friday at the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. 

Fireworks explode

Fireworks explode during the opening ceremony Friday in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Naomi Osaka stands beside the Olympic flame

Naomi Osaka stands beside the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony Friday in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Filippo Grandi watch the opening ceremony

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, left, and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi watch the opening ceremony Friday in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. 

  • I am an Assistant Director of Photography at the Missourian and a photojournalism graduate student at MU's School of Journalism. In the past, I've worked as an education reporter, staff photographer and photo editor. Reach me at ejrxch@umsystem.edu

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