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Olympic opening ceremony to be extended by 30 minutes

The opening ceremony of this month's Tokyo Olympics has been extended by 30 minutes as part of measures to enhance the safety of athletes amid the coronavirus pandemic, the games organizing committee said Friday.
The committee said it has changed the schedule to have the ceremony end at 11:30 p.m. because the extra time will be needed for athletes to march in the National Stadium, with enough physical distancing between them.
The opening ceremony on July 23 was originally set to take place for three hours from 8 p.m.
Upon request from the committee, the Defense Ministry said it will mobilize about 8,500 members of the Self-Defense Forces for maintaining security around venues of the Olympics and Paralympics and assisting flag-raising ceremonies.


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