The number of people sworn in at the opening ceremony of the Olympics has tripled and doubled to ensure gender parity for the Tokyo Games, the IOC said, swearing has also been slightly rebuilt to include “inclusion and equality”. The Olympic oath is taken by an athlete from the host county, on behalf of all the competitors and the event also includes a coach and a judge. This time, Japan will choose two from each team (one male and one female) from each team, which is an event that has been a component of the Games since the 1920s. The show will begin on July 23rd.
“Oath’s gender balance is one of the many decisions and commitments of the IOC and the Organizing Committee to promote women in sport at all levels and in all structures, as enshrined in the Olympic Charter,” she said.
Two words – inclusion and equality – have been added to the opening line of Cinema.
According to the speaking team, the new oath reads, “On behalf of the athletes,” “On behalf of all the judges,” or “On behalf of all the coaches and officials.”
“We promise to take part in these Olympics, respecting and complying with the rules and with a spirit of fair play, inclusion and equality. We stand together and are committed to the sport without doping, without cheating, without any discrimination.
“We do this in honor of our teams, respecting the Basic Principles of Olympism and making the world a better place through sport.”
The new wording of the Olympic OIN is a set of recommendations made by the COI Athletes Committee.
These recommendations were approved in April 2021 by the IOC Board of Directors.
Kirsty Coventry, chair of the IOC Sports Committee, said: “We are Olympians as role models and ambassadors. We unite to send a strong message of equality, inclusion, solidarity, peace and respect to the world.”
The Olympic oath was first recited at the Opening Ceremony of the 1920 Games. The original text was written by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games.
Following the decision of the IOC Executive Committee, all participating National Olympic Committees (NOCs) have been given the opportunity to carry the flag of a female and male athlete at the opening ceremony.
India boxer Mary Kom and men’s skipper men’s hockey team Manpreet Singh have named the country’s contingent flag bearers at the opening ceremony.
Fighter Bajrang Punia will be the flag bearer at the closing ceremony on August 8th.
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