2020 Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony: Nagasau, lead Team Fiji into Olympic Stadium

Team Fiji’s flag bearers – Women’s Rugby Pacific Games gold medallist Rusila Nagasau and Pacific Games swimming gold medallist Taichi Vakasama dressed in traditional attire leads Team Fiji onto the Tokyo Olympic Stadium on Friday, July 23. Picture: FASANOC/FACEBOOK

Team Fiji appeared on the television screens in the homes of hundreds of thousands of Fijians back home at exactly 1.03am (Fiji time) as they paraded, masked up, into an empty stadium for the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Dressed in traditional kuta attire (woven reeds), Fiji’s Women’s Rugby 7s Pacific Games gold medallist Rusila Nagasau and Pacific Games swimming gold medallist Taichi Vakasama led Team Fiji into the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.

Team Fiji’s flag bearers – Women’s Rugby Pacific Games gold medallist Rusila Nagasau and Pacific Games swimming gold medallist Taichi Vakasama dressed in their traditional attire moments before they led Team Fiji into the Tokyo Olympic Stadium on Friday, July 23. Picture: FASANOC/FACEBOOK

Thirty athletes are representing the South Pacific island nation, and they will compete in rugby, swimming, athletics and table tennis.

Ten officials and athletes already in the village were part of the ceremony tonight.

Table tennis Olympian Sally Yee begins Team Fiji’s campaign at the Tokyo Olympics at 9am (Tokyo time) tomorrow (12pm Fiji time).

She takes on her first opponent Chelsea Edghill from Guyana.

The Fiji rugby 7s team won the country’s first-ever gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics; Fiji fielded 52 athletes.

Fiji made its Olympic debut in the 1956 Summer Games in Melbourne, Australia with five athletes.

The medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are made out of 78,985 tonnes of discarded and recycled consumer electronics that were dismantled and melted down.

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