When is the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Australia? How to watch on Channel 7

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It’s the biggest show in the world and 7NEWS has been given the first look at how Tokyo is going to pull off its Olympic Opening Ceremony – under a COVID-19 state of emergency.

Roughly 50 athletes from Team Australia will be led by Cate Campbell and Patty Mills as they march in a near empty stadium.

Watch the preview of the Opening Ceremony in the video above

In a sneak peek of the full dress rehearsals, performers could be seen getting ready for the Friday night spectacular.

The ceremony promises to leap across the centuries – from ancient to current.

Organisers were tight-lipped about the show, only revealing the hopeful theme of the night – “Moving Forward”.

Some of the performers rehearse for Friday night’s spectacular. Credit: 7NEWS
The Tokyo Olympic Stadium is lit up with fireworks.
The Tokyo Olympic Stadium is lit up with fireworks. Credit: 7NEWS

“I just cannot tell you anything about the ceremony right now. I am not allowed!” Tokyo 2020 spokesperson Masa Takaya told reporters.

Takaya did promise the night would be “fantastic”.

The spectacle will be watched by a TV audience of billions, but will be performed in front of a stadium audience of next to no one.

In the video below: Ash Barty touches down in Tokyo fresh from her Wimbledon win

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Only a handful of VIPs will fill some of the 68,000 seats, including Japan’s Emperor Naruhito – who’ll open the Games.

Also attending are US First Lady Jill Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.

You can watch the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony LIVE on Channel 7 and 7plus on Friday 23 July from 8.30pm AEST.

7NEWS.com.au will have full coverage of the Games. For the full schedule of events, head here.

Brisbane delegation arrives

A delegation representing Brisbane’s 2032 Summer Olympics bid has arrived in Tokyo, insisting they are taking nothing for granted ahead of a vote that is widely expected to rubber stamp the awarding of the Games to the Queensland capital.

Brisbane was chosen as the preferred host in February and needs only ratification at an International Olympic Committee session on Wednesday afternoon.

“I’m not going to let anyone stand in the way of Queensland’s time to shine on the world stage,” Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters.

The bid was given the nod by the powerful IOC Executive Board last month but the delegation said they will not stop working to bring the Games to the city until the final decision has been made.

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on her way to Tokyo.
Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on her way to Tokyo. Credit: 7NEWS

“We came over on a plane full of athletes and they are all here to compete and do Australia proud,” Brisbane mayor Adrian Schrinner told reporters at the airport.

“We’re here to compete in a different way, to make sure that Brisbane, Queensland gets the Games in 2032 and we’re not taking anything for granted. We are here to work, we’re here to get the job done and we’re here to bring it home.”

Several cities and countries had publicly expressed an interest in staging the 2032 Games including Indonesia, Budapest, China, Doha and Germany’s Ruhr valley region.

But Brisbane got the jump on potential rivals back in February thanks to a new process adopted by the IOC that aimed to avoid pitting candidates against each other.

“This is, you know, a couple of days to go, it’s the countdown now and fingers crossed we’ll be successful,” Palaszczuk said.

– with AAP

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