- July 24, 2021
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Ugandan Team ‘Steal Show’ At Tokyo Olympics During Opening Ceremony
Just like at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Uganda’s opening ceremony uniform at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics did not go unnoticed. The Olympics team named Uganda among the top 10 nations with outstanding outfits at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics finally kicked off on Friday, having retained its name but little else in the year since it was delayed by Covid-19.
The Games began while still in the shadow of Covid-19, with the Japanese capital under a state of emergency and many of the country’s residents adamantly opposed to holding the world sporting event at all.
And persevering in the face of the pandemic quickly emerged as a theme in the first moments of the ceremony, which began at 8 p.m. local time in Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium and included a moment of silence for those who died.
Outside the stadium, hundreds of protesters carried placards that read “Lives over Olympics” and chanted “Stop the Olympics” as they marched.
Those who did tune in saw dozens of dancers building an Olympic village and raising Olympic rings, all made from the wood of trees that grew from seeds brought to the Japanese capital by athletes when it last hosted the Summer Games in 1964.
Instead of a 68,000-capacity crowd cheering as athletes from more than 200 countries paraded with flags unfurled, fewer than a thousand foreign dignitaries and diplomats, Olympic sponsors and members of the International Olympic Committee were present as the Games officially begin.
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito was among the guests, as was first lady Jill Biden. They and everybody else in the stadium were wearing masks against the virus.
The rest of the world including the Japanese public watched on TV or via streaming services.
Viewers were treated to a quintessentially Japanese extravaganza that featured hundreds of performers taking part in a tightly choreographed and well-rehearsed display of national pride, organizers said.
The traditional pomp and pageantry that accompany the lighting of the Olympic cauldron, symbolizing the start of the Games, will literally be a made-for-TV event as a result of the unusual circumstances of these most unusual games.
After the release of doves signifying peace, spectacular fireworks will illuminate the skies over Tokyo.
For the first time in Olympic history, each nation was allowed to have two flag-bearers a man and a woman for the traditional Parade of Nations.
Uganda’s Beauty Pageant specialist and Miss International Uganda, Monica Akech, could not hide her excitement.
‘’I loved the Ugandan outfits. Male outfits were spectacular and very creative. I suspect that the designer is male and probably dresses in the same manner or specializes in menswear because he paid more attention to the male outfits,’’ she said.
She explained how the balance of colors appeared impeccable and camera-friendly, with the scarf adding that extra x-factor.
Akech believes the designer could have done more for the women’s outfit because it was so familiar to her. She said it is like she had seen it over and over again before and that they didn’t put much thought into it. However, she said it actually harmonized with the ale outfit.
She wished the female dresses were a bit shorter than how they were but said these are athletes, not models. Therefore she said it is understandable.
‘’The female outfit concept had impressions of the traditional gomesi merged in a modern outfit. Great idea, though the fitting was just not proper, but the designer tried to give his or her best,’’ Akech said.
Akech further mused about the traditional kikoi almost becoming the national fabric.