The main attraction of the Olympic Ceremony is the Opening parade that is featured with the athletes and officials of the participating nations. However, for the first time, the 2020 Olympic Opening Ceremony Parade of the Nations Order scheduled on July 24th will be slightly different from the previous Olympic Parades.
At the Executive Board meeting on Tuesday, International Olympic Committee, IOC, revealed that Japan the host country of the 2020 Olympic Games will appear as the last nation in the Olympic Parade. Also, the 2024 and 2028 Olympic hosting countries France (City – Paris) and United States (City – Los Angeles) will appear at the end of the parade to promote the next two Summer Olympic editions. (Also Read: How to buy Olympic 2020 Opening Ceremony Tickets Online)
This is the first time IOC, broke the Olympic tradition, where Greece the city of ancient Olympics is honored to march first in the parade nations. In the previous editions of the Olympic parade, the National Olympic Committee has marched the Parade in alphabetical order according to the host country language.
Now the new trend to have future host countries to march last will continue in the upcoming Opening Ceremony Parade as well.
This is the major transition, where the refugee Olympic Team that marched the host country Brazil at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro event, will follow Greece in the Tokyo Opening Ceremony Parade.
IOC Spokesperson Mark Adams revealed in his statement stating, “To increase the special focus that future host already enjoy over the course of their Games preparations by giving them prominence in the stadium and, obviously, with a global audience of several billion, equally, with the Refugee Olympic Team, we want to give that some big prominence.”