Khalid bin Hamad hails opening ceremony, affirms: Tokyo Olympics will defeat pandemic

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Manama, July 24 (BNA): The 32 edition of the Olympic Games "Tokyo 2020" officially kicked off on Friday following an inauguration ceremony held under the patronage of the Japanese Emperor Naruhito at the Olympic Stadium, Tokyo. The event was attended by many political personalities and sports figures from across the world as well as the delegations of the participating nations.

On this occasion, HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, President of the General Sports Authority and President of Bahrain Olympic Committee hailed the successful opening ceremony of the event which will take place between July 23 - August 8, 2021.

His Highness Praised the huge efforts exerted by Japan to host this prestigious event amid the implications of Coronavirus "COVID-19" which postponed the Olympic Games for one year.

"Holding this event represents a victory for the sports community against COVID-19 as it comes despite the restrictions and implications imposed by the pandemic. This is an opportunity to see life returning back to normal across the world," HH Shaikh Khalid said.

"The Japanese Organising Committee of the Olympics and in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee has managed to overcome barriers to create an ideal environment to embrace the Olympics which will feature 206 countries. To see this number of countries is a success in itself that it's added to the successes achieved in the previous editions." HH Shaikh Khalid added.

Moreover, His Highness expressed great pride at the exceptional participation of the Bahraini delegation in the parade of the opening ceremony after capturing the attention with their traditional dress which is an integral part of the culture of Bahrain and the GCC.

His Highness underlined the importance of the Olympic Games which always pushes athletes to give their best to achieve important results, wishing the Bahraini sportspeople all the best in their participation and urging them to be the best ambassadors for the Kingdom of Bahrain by accomplishing great successes.