— Published 3 September 2021

Tokyo Games athletes will go to the Opera House


Australia will not wait until 2032 and the Brisbane Summer Games to get into Olympic mode. The Sydney Opera House will be illuminated on Sunday, September 5th, at 6.30pm local time, with the faces of the 665 athletes who represented Australia at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, thanks to the New South Wales government’s initiative. This operation is organised in collaboration with the National Olympic Committee (AOC) and the Paralympic Committee (Paralympics Australia). Each athlete’s face will be projected individually onto the Opera House’s sail-shaped roof for approximately 30 seconds. In total, the show is expected to last over five and a half hours. A photographer will capture the projection of each athlete. The photos will then be given as gifts to the athletes in recognition of their participation in the Tokyo Games. The COA said in a statement that this unique ceremony will replace the traditional parade of athletes through the streets of Sydney, which was not possible this year because of the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The screening will be streamed in its entirety.