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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Olympic oath updated for opening ceremony

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is just nine days away, with the opening ceremony to take place on July 23. Meanwhile, during the occasion, the Olympic oath would be taken while it has undergone an update.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Olympic oath updated for opening ceremony-ayh
Lausanne, First Published Jul 14, 2021, 1:42 PM IST
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The excitement and build-up regarding the Tokyo Olympics 2020 continue to soar high with each passing day. Set to get underway from July 23, it would have a highly spectacular opening ceremony.

Meanwhile, the ceremony would also see the Olympic Oath being taken, which has undergone an update. Furthermore, the oath-takers, which used to be three athletes, would now be extended to six, comprising athletes, coaches and judges (a couple each).

The decision has been taken by the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, focusing on gender equality. As for the oath, specific new wordings have been introduced that increase the opportunity for the athlete's expression. The workings happen to be: "In the name of the athletes", "In the name of all judges" or "In the name of all the coaches and officials".

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"We promise to take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules and in the spirit of fair play, inclusion, and equality. Together we stand in solidarity and commit ourselves to sport without doping, without cheating, without any form of discrimination. We do this for the honour of our teams, in respect for the Fundamental Principles of Olympism, and to make the world a better place through sport," said the Olympics in a release.

The oath was first read during the 1920 Antwerp Olympics, initially written by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the modern Olympics founder. Meanwhile, it has undergone changes over time to reflect on the changing sporting culture.

The Tokyo Olympics would be the first gender-equal edition of the Games, while 49% are female athletes. After the IOC Executive Board took a particular decision, the National Olympic Committees were offered to represent at least a male and female in all editions hereon. Also, in another significant decision, every nation would have a male and female flag bearer.

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