Canadian commentator mistakes Australian Patty Mills for a WOMAN Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony

Canadian commentators have awkwardly mistaken Australian NBA star and Olympic flag bearer Patty Mills for a woman during the Tokyo Games opening ceremony.

The broadcast, which has been shared on social media, shows the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation hosts describing the Australian team as they walk into the city’s Olympic Stadium on Friday night before highlighting the country’s representatives.  

‘And you know what, I think they had two women carry the flag. Cate Campbell the swimmer and Patty Mills the basketball player,’ commentator Scott Russell says. 

‘That’s how you do it, that’s how you do it,’ his female co-host Adrienne Arsenault replies. 

The embarrassing faux-pas comes as Australians  watching the opening ceremony from home blasted Channel Seven’s coverage of the event after the broadcaster interrupted the global spectacle with frequent ad breaks.

Canadian commentators have awkwardly mistaken Australian NBA star and Olympic flag bearer Patty Mills for a woman during the Tokyo Games opening ceremony

Mills and Campbell pose for a photo as they lead the Aussie team during the Tokyo Games opening ceremony

Mills and Campbell pose for a photo as they lead the Aussie team during the Tokyo Games opening ceremony

Mills' wife Alyssa has admitted she is now a 'true blue' Aussie as she watched her husband become his country's first ever Indigenous flag bearer

Mills’ wife Alyssa has admitted she is now a ‘true blue’ Aussie as she watched her husband become his country’s first ever Indigenous flag bearer

Millions of Aussies tuned in to watch Mills and Campbell led the Australian team into the stadium on Friday night.

Australia was the 38th nation to walk out into the stadium, with a team of 63 athletes donning green and gold. 

Mills was a popular choice among Aussie fans to represent the nation despite the Canadian broadcasters having no idea who the San Antonio Spurs point guard is. 

His American wife Alyssa has admitted she is now a ‘true blue’ Aussie as she watched her husband become his country’s first ever Indigenous flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Mills led out the Australian team alongside swimmer Cate Campbell on Friday night to a near-empty stadium as Covid-19 forced spectators to watch on from home. 

Alyssa Mills donned the green and gold alongside Patty’s parents Yvonne and Benny while speaking to 7News ahead of the ceremony. 

When told she looked like a ‘true blue Aussie’, she quickly declared ‘I am!’.

Ms Mills is from North Carolina and played college basketball herself, having met Mills while they were both studying at St. Mary’s College in California. 

‘This is a big moment for him and he is very proud of himself but we’re all very proud of him,’ she said.

‘We FaceTimed him not long ago and he’s ready to carry that flag for all of Australia.’ 

Ms Mills is from North Carolina and played college basketball herself, having met Mills while they were both studying at St. Mary's College in California

Ms Mills is from North Carolina and played college basketball herself, having met Mills while they were both studying at St. Mary’s College in California

Mills currently plays with the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA and is a powerhouse for the Australian Boomers

Mills currently plays with the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA and is a powerhouse for the Australian Boomers

Mills is the first Indigenous athlete to carry the flag while Campbell is the first female swimmer

Mills is the first Indigenous athlete to carry the flag while Campbell is the first female swimmer

Australia is seen walking out into the main stadium at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games on Friday night

Australia is seen walking out into the main stadium at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games on Friday night

Viewers were quick to label the theatrical performances during the three-hour-long spectacle as ‘boring’ and ‘weak’, claiming the event only came to life when a mesmerising drone display lit up the Tokyo night sky. 

‘Probably the least impressive opening ceremony ever. Awful lighting, poor camera work, weak theatrics, not enough performers to make it work,’ one viewer wrote on Twitter.   

Fans meanwhile lauded the entry of the Tongan athletes into the stadium, with flag bearer and taekwondo star Pita Taufatofua arriving shirtless and seemingly covered in oil.

But many were frustrated with Channel Seven constantly flicking to ads during the ceremony – with some admitting they had turned off the program altogether. 

‘Utterly disgusting that I have to endure adverts through the opening ceremony,’ one tweeted. 

‘Be nice to watch the ceremony without ads!’ another said.

‘I’m turning off. I’ll stream it online with no ads. Epic fail Channel 7,’ one wrote. 

Others though admitted they found the ads a welcome relief from the ‘boring’ opening ceremony. 

‘Ads have been more entertaining than what’s being dished up as an opening ceremony sadly,’ another commented.   

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel Seven for comment.  

Many Australians watching on from home have slammed the Channel 7 network for interrupting the broadcasting of the ceremony with ads - with some admitting they turned it off altogether

Many Australians watching on from home have slammed the Channel 7 network for interrupting the broadcasting of the ceremony with ads – with some admitting they turned it off altogether

Some expressed their disappointment with the opening ceremony with one saying it was the 'least impressive' they had seen

Some expressed their disappointment with the opening ceremony with one saying it was the ‘least impressive’ they had seen

Some Twitter users admitted they were frustrated with the amount of ads shown during Channel 7's coverage of the opening ceremony

Some Twitter users admitted they were frustrated with the amount of ads shown during Channel 7’s coverage of the opening ceremony

Viewers blasted the network for interrupting the global spectacle with constant ad breaks

Viewers blasted the network for interrupting the global spectacle with constant ad breaks

 Viewers were also disappointed with the uniforms worn by the Australian athletes as they paraded through Tokyo’s National Stadium.

‘Seriously, Australia comes out in a school uniform?’ one wrote.

‘Australia’s Olympic uniform, while better than some previous iterations is still not good,’ another tweeted. 

But a surprise drone show at the conclusion of the ceremony gained back viewer’s attention, with many praising organisers for the ‘mind-blowing’ light display.

More than 1,800 drones flew high above the stadium before joining together in unison to create a globe – lighting up each continent. 

In the background ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon was heard being covered by artists such as John Legend and Australia’s own Keith Urban. 

‘Best part of an ordinary and long night,’ one viewer wrote.

‘Not me getting emotional when I see Australia depicted by drones,’ tweeted another Aussie.

‘The world made up of drones made me tear up, so beautiful and symbolic,’ one said. 

‘Honestly saved this ceremony,’ shared another. 

Athletes and volunteers are seen watching the orb of drones during the opening ceremony

Athletes and volunteers are seen watching the orb of drones during the opening ceremony

More than 1,800 drones flew high above the stadium before joining together in unison to create a globe, lighting up each continent

More than 1,800 drones flew high above the stadium before joining together in unison to create a globe, lighting up each continent

Many Aussies said the drone display at the end of the Tokyo Olympic Games opening ceremony was the highlight of the night

Many Aussies said the drone display at the end of the Tokyo Olympic Games opening ceremony was the highlight of the night

The orb of drones could be seen far and wide across Tokyo on Friday night to celebrate the start of the Olympic Games

The orb of drones could be seen far and wide across Tokyo on Friday night to celebrate the start of the Olympic Games

The excitement ramped up a notch with Taufatofua’s entry – who became an instant celebrity as he arrived in the stadium in traditional clothing.

The muscular taekwondo star, who was born in Brisbane, is taking part in his third Olympics. 

He went viral when he also appeared shirtless at the Opening Ceremony for the 2016 Rio Games and likewise at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, where he represented Tonga in cross-country skiing.

Fans old and new of Taufatofua took to Twitter to express their appreciation.

‘There’s enough oil on the Tonga flag bearer to fry a turkey dinner and I love it. Is this man single? Oh my God,’ wrote one.

‘Tonga’s flag bearer is heating up the internet!’ said another.

‘Tonga’s flag bearer wins the evening for me,’ added another Twitter user.

Tongan athlete Pita Taufatofua has once again caused a sensation after leading out his nation's athletes at the Olympic Opening Ceremony while shirtless and smothered in baby oil

Tongan athlete Pita Taufatofua has once again caused a sensation after leading out his nation’s athletes at the Olympic Opening Ceremony while shirtless and smothered in baby oil 

The 37-year-old taekwondo fighter went viral as he emerged as Tonga's flag bearer

The 37-year-old taekwondo fighter went viral as he emerged as Tonga’s flag bearer 

It is the third Olympic Games in which Taufatofua has appeared shirtless at the ceremony

It is the third Olympic Games in which Taufatofua has appeared shirtless at the ceremony 

Taufatofua has become an instant celebrity from his entertaining entrance into the Olympic Stadium

Taufatofua has become an instant celebrity from his entertaining entrance into the Olympic Stadium

Mills was meanwhile on Friday night the first Indigenous athlete to carry the flag for Australia while Campbell was the first female swimmer. 

The rest of the Aussie athletes watched on with pride from the Olympic village with many excitedly waving the national flag.

As the two carried the flag together, a string of other athletes marched behind them waving to friends and family watching from home.

Athletes including world champion surfer Steph Gilmore and canoeist Jess Fox wore green and gold facemasks and held their own Australian paraphernalia.

Tennis champion Naomi Osaka, who will represent Japan, was handed the honour of lighting the cauldron following the ceremony.

Osaka climbed up the stairs to a pyramid inspired by Mount Fuji to light the cauldron which sat inside a flower. 

The world No.2’s mother is Japanese and her father is Haitian.

Japan had earlier kicked off the Covid-delayed event with a symbolic show of hope and tenacity in the face of adversity.

Naomi Osaka lights her torch before running to the cauldron to get the Tokyo Olympics underway after a year of delays

Naomi Osaka lights her torch before running to the cauldron to get the Tokyo Olympics underway after a year of delays

Osaka is seen at the bottom of a pyramid representing Mount Fuji before lighting the cauldron

Osaka is seen at the bottom of a pyramid representing Mount Fuji before lighting the cauldron

Osaka is pictured carrying the Olympic torch towards the cauldron on Friday night to herald the opening of the games

Osaka is pictured carrying the Olympic torch towards the cauldron on Friday night to herald the opening of the games

Tennis player Naomi Osaka lights the Olympic cauldron to mark the official opening of the Tokyo 2020 Games which were delayed by a year due to the pandemic

Tennis champion Naomi Osaka, who will represent Japan, was handed the honour of lighting the cauldron following the ceremony

Tennis champion Naomi Osaka, who will represent Japan, was handed the honour of lighting the cauldron following the ceremony

One Aussie athlete poses for a photo during the opening ceremony on Friday night

One Aussie athlete poses for a photo during the opening ceremony on Friday night

Australia was the 38th nation to walk out into the stadium with a team of 63 athletes donning green and gold

Australia was the 38th nation to walk out into the stadium with a team of 63 athletes donning green and gold

Campbell and Mills are seen walking into the stadium as Australians cheer on from home

Campbell and Mills are seen walking into the stadium as Australians cheer on from home 

Sixty-three athletes representing Australia marched out on Friday night during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Sixty-three athletes representing Australia marched out on Friday night during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Mills is seen leading the Aussies on Friday night. The Tokyo Games will be his fourth Olympics

Mills is seen leading the Aussies on Friday night. The Tokyo Games will be his fourth Olympics

Australia will have a team of 287 athletes across 33 sports for the 2020 Games

Australia will have a team of 287 athletes across 33 sports for the 2020 Games

Cate Campbell is seen waving while carrying out the flag at the Tokyo Olympic Games

Cate Campbell is seen waving while carrying out the flag at the Tokyo Olympic Games

There were just 950 VIPs and world leaders inside the 68,000-seat main arena in Tokyo to watch the display of light and colour amid rising case totals in the country which forced organisers to ban crowds.  

Sombre and socially-distanced – gone were the tightly-packed dance routines that traditionally mark opening ceremonies as directors instead made the best use of projection technology to add colour and pageantry. 

A large firework display did add a burst of sound to what was otherwise an eerily quiet event, after organisers opted against playing artificial crowd noises in the arena.  

Earlier in the day hundreds of sports fans gathered outside the main Olympic arena and certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves, some dressed in traditional Japanese regalia while others posed for photos in front of the Olympics’ famous rings.

Supporters were also treated to a fly-past by the Blue Impact military display team, whose jets streaked through the sky above the stadium trailing coloured smoke.

Patty Mills poses for a photo with the Australian flag while Cate Campbell takes the shot during the opening ceremony on Friday night

Patty Mills poses for a photo with the Australian flag while Cate Campbell takes the shot during the opening ceremony on Friday night

The Tokyo Olympics began with a bang as fireworks exploded over an otherwise eerily quiet arena after crowds were banned with less than 1,000 dignitaries, delegates, and VIPs in attendance

The Tokyo Olympics began with a bang as fireworks exploded over an otherwise eerily quiet arena after crowds were banned with less than 1,000 dignitaries, delegates, and VIPs in attendance 

Fireworks explode over the main Olympic stadium in Tokyo as the Opening Ceremony gets underway, a year after the event was delayed due to the Covid pandemic

Fireworks explode over the main Olympic stadium in Tokyo as the Opening Ceremony gets underway, a year after the event was delayed due to the Covid pandemic

Fireworks go off during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic games

Wooden Olympic rings made from the wood of trees planted the last time Tokyo hosted the Olympics are brought into the main arena during the Opening Ceremony

Wooden Olympic rings made from the wood of trees planted the last time Tokyo hosted the Olympics are brought into the main arena during the Opening Ceremony

Performers take part in the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, a year after it was scheduled due to Covid delays

Performers take part in the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, a year after it was scheduled due to Covid delays

Great Britain is seen walking out during the Tokyo Olympic Games opening ceremony

Great Britain is seen walking out during the Tokyo Olympic Games opening ceremony

Team GB enter the Olympic stadium in Tokyo, Japan, led by flagbearers Hannah Mills and Mohamed Sbihi after rules were changed to allow one male and one female flagbearer

Team GB enter the Olympic stadium in Tokyo, Japan, led by flagbearers Hannah Mills and Mohamed Sbihi after rules were changed to allow one male and one female flagbearer

Olympic rings are formed during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium

Olympic rings are formed during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium

Sue Bird and Eddy Alvares, of the United States of America, carry their country's flag during the opening ceremony

Sue Bird and Eddy Alvares, of the United States of America, carry their country’s flag during the opening ceremony

Fireworks go off inside the stadium during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

Fireworks go off inside the stadium during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

Olympic rings are formed during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium

Olympic rings are formed during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium

Sue Bird and Eddy Alvares, of the United States of America, carry their country's flag during the opening ceremony

Sue Bird and Eddy Alvares, of the United States of America, carry their country’s flag during the opening ceremony

Fireworks go off inside the stadium during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

Fireworks go off inside the stadium during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

Fireworks go off and performers dance during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium

Fireworks go off and performers dance during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium

Performers take part in the Olympics opening ceremony in Tokyo on Friday night as the Covid-delayed games got underway

Performers take part in the Olympics opening ceremony in Tokyo on Friday night as the Covid-delayed games got underway

A group of performers carry out a routine during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

A group of performers carry out a routine during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

A routine featuring traditional Japanese woodworkers which built much of Japan's infrastructure before the introduction of concrete and steel in the modern era

A routine featuring traditional Japanese woodworkers which built much of Japan’s infrastructure before the introduction of concrete and steel in the modern era

Performers play traditional Japanese woodworkers, symbolizing the country's history during the opening ceremony

Performers play traditional Japanese woodworkers, symbolizing the country’s history during the opening ceremony

Performers dance as the Olympic Cauldron is seen during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Performers dance as the Olympic Cauldron is seen during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

The national anthem is performed during the opening ceremony of the Covid-delayed 2020 Olympics in Japan

The national anthem is performed during the opening ceremony of the Covid-delayed 2020 Olympics in Japan

The Japanese flag is carried onto the stage during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

The Japanese flag is carried onto the stage during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Japan raises its flag in the Olympic Stadium as the national anthem is sung during the opening ceremony

Japan raises its flag in the Olympic Stadium as the national anthem is sung during the opening ceremony

The Japanese flag is raised over the main Olympic stadium in Tokyo during the opening ceremony

The Japanese flag is raised over the main Olympic stadium in Tokyo during the opening ceremony

The image of a single athlete rising from the ground with a plant shoot behind them began the opening ceremony, symbolizing hope that springs anew in the face of adversity

The image of a single athlete rising from the ground with a plant shoot behind them began the opening ceremony, symbolizing hope that springs anew in the face of adversity

An opening dance routine showed performers entangled in a web of red threads, symbolizing the fear and anxiety that many have been through in the last 18 months

An opening dance routine showed performers entangled in a web of red threads, symbolizing the fear and anxiety that many have been through in the last 18 months

Performers dance during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Performers dance during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

The theme of the opening segment was of athletics being used to overcome adversity, which organisers hope will be the lasting legacy of the Tokyo Olympics

The theme of the opening segment was of athletics being used to overcome adversity, which organisers hope will be the lasting legacy of the Tokyo Olympics

Performances dance during a light show during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Performances dance during a light show during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Dancers take part in the opening performance of the ceremony, which featured the theme of sport overcoming adversity

Dancers take part in the opening performance of the ceremony, which featured the theme of sport overcoming adversity

Performers are seen during the opening ceremony taking place in Tokyo after a year of pandemic delays

Performers are seen during the opening ceremony taking place in Tokyo after a year of pandemic delays

Performers during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Japan

Performers during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Japan

A group of performers carry out a routine during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

A group of performers carry out a routine during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

A performance paying tribute to all those who have died due to Covid and other causes in 2020 takes place before viewers were asked to observe a moment of silence

A performance paying tribute to all those who have died due to Covid and other causes in 2020 takes place before viewers were asked to observe a moment of silence

A performer dances on stage during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

A performer dances on stage during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Performers at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games at the National Stadium

Performers at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games at the National Stadium

A group of performers carry out a routine during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

A group of performers carry out a routine during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

A darkened Tokyo Olympic stadium is seen shortly before the start of the much-anticipated Olympic opening ceremony

A darkened Tokyo Olympic stadium is seen shortly before the start of the much-anticipated Olympic opening ceremony

The main Olympic stadium in Tokyo is seen illuminated against the city skyline during the opening ceremony

The main Olympic stadium in Tokyo is seen illuminated against the city skyline during the opening ceremony

Meanwhile Olympic torchbearers beamed as they took part in a final relay event – taking just a few steps before passing the flame instead of the usual running due to Covid rules.

Athletes missed Covid tests due to lack of kits 

Olympians staying at Tokyo’s Athletes’ Village have been missing some of their once-daily Covid tests due to a lack of kits, it has been reported.

The Japanese men’s gymnastics team and several overseas competitors who arrived in the village were unable to take PCR tests because the kits ran out, Japanese news site NHK reported.

Officials acknowledged that there had been problems ensuring a steady supply of kits, but insisted that all athletes had been tested at regular intervals to avoid infections spreading.

At least 13 competitors have so-far tested positive within Japan, including several at Athletes’ Village, forcing some of them to withdraw from competition while they complete mandatory 10-day isolation. 

The show focused on Japan’s history as well as its contribution to modern culture and technology.

A moment of silence for all victims of the Covid pandemic was also observed, after which dancers representing Japanese woodworkers took the stage representing the country’s history and culture.

They formed Olympic rings made from the wood of trees planted the last time Japan hosted the Olympics in the 1960s, before the traditional Parade of Nations with athletes filing into the arena under the banners of their countries – though their numbers were much-reduced from previous years.   

Adding a further unexpected element to the performance is the fact that one of the directors – Kantaro Kobayashi – was forced to resign just yesterday after a past comedy sketch he performed that included jokes about the Holocaust resurfaced.

The Games were supposed to take place last year but organisers took a high-stakes gamble to postpone them due to the Covid pandemic, in the hopes that the virus would be under control by now.

Officials now have the unenviable task of staging the Games while the most-infectious form of Covid to date is in circulation, causing cases to rise rapidly in Japan amid fears the Olympics will become a super-spreader event. 

Tokyo reported 1,359 COVID-19 cases on Friday, part of a wave of infection in the capital as the Olympic Games kick off, it’s highest one-day toll since January. 

Even this slimmed-down version of the competition – with strict limits on who can stay in Athletes’ Village and crowds banned from stadiums – will see some 50,000 people gather in the largest international event since the pandemic began.

And while Covid cases driven by the Delta variant are rising rapidly in other countries – such as the UK – Japan has fully vaccinated just 20 per cent of its population, one of the lowest rates among developed countries. 

That has made the Games unpopular with the Japanese public, with polls consistently showing a majority of people do not support the event going ahead and do not expect to enjoy watching.  

That anger was visible on Friday as locals waving banners that read ‘NOlympics’ and ‘Cancel the Tokyo Olympics’ were pictured in Tokyo at a torch relay event. 

Flag bearers Anna Korakaki and Eleftherios Petrounias of Team Greece are seen at the opening ceremony

Flag bearers Anna Korakaki and Eleftherios Petrounias of Team Greece are seen at the opening ceremony

Argentina's flag bearers Cecilia Carranza Saroli and Santiago Raul Lange lead the delegation during the opening ceremony

Argentina’s flag bearers Cecilia Carranza Saroli and Santiago Raul Lange lead the delegation during the opening ceremony

The team of Argentina poses for a photo during the highly anticipated opening ceremony on Friday night

The team of Argentina poses for a photo during the highly anticipated opening ceremony on Friday night

Flag bearer Yousuf Almatrooshi of Team United Arab Emirates leads their team out during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Flag bearer Yousuf Almatrooshi of Team United Arab Emirates leads their team out during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Snaefridur Sol Jorunnardottir and Anton Mckee, of Iceland, carry their country's flag during the opening ceremony

Snaefridur Sol Jorunnardottir and Anton Mckee, of Iceland, carry their country’s flag during the opening ceremony

The Irish team of athletes are seen heading out into the Japanese stadium on Friday night

The Irish team of athletes are seen heading out into the Japanese stadium on Friday night

Team Azerbaijan are seen at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games opening ceremony

Team Azerbaijan are seen at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games opening ceremony

Members from the Afghanistan team hold the flag proudly during the Tokyo Games

Members from the Afghanistan team hold the flag proudly during the Tokyo Games

Natalia Santos of Angola, carries her country's flag during the opening ceremony

Natalia Santos of Angola, carries her country’s flag during the opening ceremony

Kirabo Namutebi of Uganda leads her contingent during the opening ceremony

Kirabo Namutebi of Uganda leads her contingent during the opening ceremony

Ukraine are seen walking into the stadium as limited crowds cheer on

Ukraine are seen walking into the stadium as limited crowds cheer on 

Pictured are the flagbearers of Iraq during Friday night's opening ceremony

Pictured are the flagbearers of Iraq during Friday night’s opening ceremony

Pictured are the Refugee Olympic Team during the opening ceremony

Pictured are the Refugee Olympic Team during the opening ceremony

Greece is the first team to walk out in the ceremony as the country was the first to ever host the Olympic Games

Greece is the first team to walk out in the ceremony as the country was the first to ever host the Olympic Games

Empty seats are seen during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games opening ceremony amid the Covid-19 pandemic

Empty seats are seen during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games opening ceremony amid the Covid-19 pandemic

President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach (centre), Japanese Emperor Naruhito (second right) and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (far right) enter the Olympic arena as during the opening ceremony

President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach (centre), Japanese Emperor Naruhito (second right) and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (far right) enter the Olympic arena as during the opening ceremony

Japan's Emperor Naruhito, the Games' guest of honour, waves to the small crowd of VIPs and special guests in the stadium

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, the Games’ guest of honour, waves to the small crowd of VIPs and special guests in the stadium

US First Lady Jill Biden speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron as they arrive at the opening ceremony

US First Lady Jill Biden speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron as they arrive at the opening ceremony

Jill Biden drops her head for a moment of silence to remember those lost during the Covid pandemic at the opening ceremony

Jill Biden drops her head for a moment of silence to remember those lost during the Covid pandemic at the opening ceremony

There are now 110 cases of Covid linked directly to the Games after another 25 were reported Thursday, bringing the total number of infected athletes to 13 including another member of the Czech team – road cyclist Michal Schlegel.

Three members of the media were also included in the latest total – which only counts those who tested positive in Japan and not those who were diagnosed in their home countries before making the journey. 

Schlegel tested positive at the team’s training base in Izu and will miss Saturday’s road race.

The Czech Olympic Committee said in a statement Friday that Schlegel is in isolation, and that Michael Kukrle and Zdenek Stybar will be its only two riders lining up at Musashinonomori Park for one of the first medal events of the Summer Games.

Czech beach volleyball players Marketa Slukova and Ondrej Perusic and table tennis player Pavel Sirucek also tested positive earlier this week. 

That has prompted the Czech Olympic team to investigate whether the outbreak is linked to its chartered flight to Tokyo.  

Sports fans gather outside Tokyo's main stadium to take pictures in front of the Olympic rings and soak in the atmosphere ahead of the Olympics opening ceremony

Sports fans gather outside Tokyo’s main stadium to take pictures in front of the Olympic rings and soak in the atmosphere ahead of the Olympics opening ceremony

Olympic super-fan Kyoko Ishikawa, who has attended every Summer Olympics in the past 30 years, celebrates outside Tokyo's main stadium as the Games finally comes to her country

Olympic super-fan Kyoko Ishikawa, who has attended every Summer Olympics in the past 30 years, celebrates outside Tokyo’s main stadium as the Games finally comes to her country

Japanese display team Blue Impulse take part in an aerial show over Tokyo's Olympic stadium ahead of the opening ceremony

Japanese display team Blue Impulse take part in an aerial show over Tokyo’s Olympic stadium ahead of the opening ceremony

Blue Impulse display jets release coloured smoke over Tokyo hours before the main Opening Ceremony is due to take place

Blue Impulse display jets release coloured smoke over Tokyo hours before the main Opening Ceremony is due to take place

Crowds point their cameras at the sky as jets from the Blue Impulse display team perform in the skies over Tokyo

Crowds point their cameras at the sky as jets from the Blue Impulse display team perform in the skies over Tokyo

People take photographs as jets fly over Tokyo ahead of the official start of the Olympics

People take photographs as jets fly over Tokyo ahead of the official start of the Olympics

People stand outside the National Stadium before the opening of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

People stand outside the National Stadium before the opening of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

A woman in traditional clothing looks on from behind a fence prior to the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games

A woman in traditional clothing looks on from behind a fence prior to the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games

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