The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics was all glittery on Friday with the display of 20-second indigo and white fireworks that showed the colours of the Tokyo 2020 emblem.
The Japan National Stadium was empty and the opening ceremony was only attended by 1,000 dignitaries and US first lady Jill Biden.
The opening ceremony had the traditional parade of nations which was started by Greece where the Olympic Games originated. Greece was followed by the Olympic Refugee Team.
Coming to India, the Indian contingent paraded in the 21st position and was led by legendary boxer Mary Kom along with Indian men's hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh. A total of 25 members were a part of the contingent due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The parade of nations happened in the alphabetical order of Japanese alphabets.
Union Youth Affairs & Sports Minister Anurag Thakur cheered for team India when they paraded at the opening ceremony from the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi.
It may be mentioned, a vastly smaller number of athletes, about 20 per nation, marched in the teams' parade, with many flying in just before their competitions to avoid infections.
The athletes marched to the music of some of Japan's best-selling video games such as Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. The country names on placards were displayed in speech bubbles often used in Manga cartoons.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also seen cheering for the Indian contingent while watching the ceremony on television.
"Wishing our dynamic contingent the very best", he tweeted.
This year, India has sent a large contingent that will participate in 18 sporting events. The 228-member strong contingent includes 127 participants, including two alternate players and one reserve goalie in men's and women's hockey squads, respectively.