Marcial, Watanabe lead PH at Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony
MANILA, Philippines—Filipino boxer Eumir Marcial and judoka Kiyomi Watanabe proudly carried the Philippine flag and lead the country’s delegation during the Parade of Nations at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday.
Marcial and Watanabe were decked in the Philippines’ official tracksuit while the sports officials including chef de mission Mariano “Nonong” Araneta wore barong designed by Rajo Laurel.
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Flag bearers boxer Eumir Marcial and judoka Kiyomi Watanabe lead the Philippine contigent in the parade of nations.FEATURED STORIES
— Philippine Sports Commission (@psc_gov) July 23, 2021
This was the Games’ first opening ceremony without a live audience due to COVID-19 but the cavernous stadium slowly filled with the athletes bringing life to the Olympic Stadium, Tokyo’s marquee sporting facility.
The Philippines is looking to lock its first gold medal in the Summer Games with the country holding three silver and seven bronze medals.
Hidilyn Diaz won the Philippines’ last medal when she took the silver in the women’s 53 kilogram division in the weightlifting tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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