What’s going to happen?
One suspects there will be lots of dancing, bright light and the occasional firework blast off into the Toyko sky, but what will the message be? The overall concept for both the opening and closing ceremonies will be one of peace, co-existence, sustainability, reconstruction and inclusivity.
“When people look back on the Tokyo 2020 Games in 50 or 100 years time, the Games should be seen to have been a catalyst for change in culture, society and values leading to the realisation of a more sustainable, spiritually richer, happier society,” organisers have said.
What happened in Rio’s opening ceremony?
You can read Telegraph Sport’s report from five years ago here, an event that featured more than 4,300 athletes from 159 nations, plus two refugees in an independent team. Set against the backdrop of Rio’s organising committee using Paralympic funds as contingency for the Olympics, the opening ceremony and the competition itself, against all the odds, proved yet another triumph in the face of adversity.