New York Times reporting and photos: The athletes marched into the arena masked and waving exuberantly. Dancers in pastel costumes and hats clapped and waved their arms in the air to whip up excitement. But there were no fans and no cheering audience — only row upon row of mostly empty seats stretching into the reaches of the vast Olympic Stadium in central Tokyo.
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Results for Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Saturday 24 July 2021
At the opening of the XXXII Olympiad - Tokyo 2020 tonight, flag bearers Pita Taufatofua and Malia Paseka led Tonga's team into the Olympic Stadium wearing traditional costumes. The well-oiled Pita caught the attention of Olympic commentators once again.
Monday 20 July 2020
The opening ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has been set for 23 July 2021 after the games were postponed this year due to CoViD-19.
Monday 2 March 2020
Gold Coast, Australia
Tonga’s famous Olympic flag bearer, Pita Taufatofua, has made history again for the Kingdom, after qualifying in Taekwondo for his third Olympics in a row on 29 February, on the Gold Coast, Australia. Malia Paseka also secured an Olympic spot, for the first time in Taekwondo.