UAE ambassador to Japan to attend Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games opening ceremony

The Emirates will have a five-member squad at the Tokyo Olympics

Shehab Ahmed Al Faheem, the UAE ambassador to Japan, will attend the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The Tokyo Olympics got under way on Wednesday with softball and football, but the 32nd Summer Olympics Games will be officially launched with the opening ceremony today.

Build-up for the gala event begins at 1pm UAE time on Friday, while the ceremony itself, which is expected to last more than three hours, will start at 3pm.

Japan's Emperor Naruhito will be chief among the VIPs, along with some world leaders and other senior figures, including Jill Biden, wife of US President Joe Biden, and President Emmanuel Macron of France.

The UAE ambassador to Japan will be joined by Azza bint Suleiman, assistant secretary general of the National Olympic Committee for Administrative and Financial Affairs.

The UAE will have a five-member squad at the Tokyo Olympics, its 10th Olympics since the Emirates' first participation at Los Angeles 1984.

Saif bin Futtais (shooting), Victor Scvortov (judo), Ivan Remarenco (judo), Yousuf Al Matrooshi (swimming) and Hassan Al Noubi (track and field) will carry the UAE’s hopes of medal success at the Games.

Bin Futtais will compete in the skeet shooting on July 25 and 26, while Scvortov will compete in the under-73kg judo competition on July 26.

Swimmer Al Matrooshi will compete in the 100-metre freestyle competition on July 27 while Remarenco will participate in the over-100kg judo competition on July 30.

Sprinter Al Noubi competes in the 100-metre race on July 31.

The Tokyo Olympics will be broadcast on beIN Sports in the UAE.

Updated: July 23rd 2021, 7:20 AM