The Belgian delegation, flag bearers Nafi Thiam and Felix Denoir entered the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo at 3.10pm on Friday (22.10pm in Japan).
Hockey player Denair was accompanied by his teammates Tom Boone and Gus Mermans, while heptathlon player Thiam had invited runner-up Klaus as an obstacle. Also on the Belgian delegation were Chef de Mission Olav Spall, skateboarders Lor Brookman and Axel Krosbergs and their coach Hans Klaassen, event rider Laura de Leiderke and her coach Guy-Stephen Meyer, badminton player Leon Indra and his coach. De Smed, Kayaker Gabriel de Coaster and the women’s basketball team (Julie Almond, Marjorie Corprox, Antonia Taylor, Giara Lincolns, Billy Massey, Emma Meesman, Hannie Mestock, Kim Mestock, Helene Nowlayer, Jon Raman,
Belgium marched after Peru and before Poland. After the traditionally opening Greece and Olympic refugee team, the turn of the countries depending on their place in the Japanese alphabet, before the host nation closes the line of Japan. Due to the carna activities, the athletes were not able to gather in large numbers in Central Square as usual.
After they entered through the applause of the Japanese, many athletes stayed on the field, while others had very little going through the Olympic field.
Not a single Belgian dignitary attended the opening ceremony. “The tragic events of the last few days in Belgium would have been irrelevant,” BOIC CEO Philippe Vander Putten said in the conclusion. (Belgium)
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