The opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan, broadcast on NPO1 on Friday, was watched by 784,000 people.

The ceremony was cut back this time due to the corona pandemic.

There will be little to no audience during this year's Olympics.

This also had an effect on the opening ceremony: the stands were almost empty and the athletes present waved to empty seats.

The ceremony lasted a total of more than four hours and started with music, after which all countries walked through the Olympic stadium with a relatively small group.

The more than two hundred delegations entered the almost empty stadium in order of the Japanese alphabet.

The Netherlands was 39th in the flag parade, after Oman and ahead of Ghana.

The opening ceremony in Tokyo first drew attention to the attack on the Israeli delegation in 1972. At the time, eleven Israeli athletes were killed in an attack by Palestinian terrorists.

The family of the athletes has been asking for a tribute for years.

The daily show

Tokyo Today

was also well viewed: 670,000 people saw the broadcast on NPO1.

Studio Tokyo

was viewed by 621,000 people.

The day top 5 of Friday 23 July

  • 1. NOS News from 8 p.m. (NPO1) - 1,682,000 viewers

  • 2. The Smartest Human (NPO2) - 1,299,000 viewers

  • 3. NOS News from 6 p.m. (NPO1) - 928,000 viewers

  • 4. Half past seven news (RTL4) - 799,000 viewers

  • 5. Opening Ceremony Olympic Games (NPO1) - 784,000 viewers


Oldenbeuving and Martina carry flag at the opening of the Olympic Games