Tokyo: Saudi rower Hussein Alireza and the Saudi female sprinter Yasmine Al-Dabbagh carried Saudi Arabia’s flag at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Friday.
Saudi Arabia is participating in the Olympic Games with its largest-ever delegation in the history of the games. The Saudi Olympic Committee chose Hussein Alireza, the first Saudi rower, to participate in the Olympics, while Al-Dabbagh was the fastest Saudi female athlete in the 100-meter race.
The 11 individual athletes who are participating in the games also include Youssef Bouarish (swimming), Ali Al-Khadrawi (table tennis), Saeed Al-Mutairi (shooting), Suleiman Hammad (Judo), Mahmoud Al-Ahmed (weightlifting), Siraj Al-Saleem (weightlifting), and Mazen Al-Yassin (400 meters race). The Saudi team will participate in nine games — football, karate, weightlifting, archery, rowing, swimming, athletics, judo, and table tennis.
The Tokyo Olympics begin after a delay of one-year delay, and with the fear of the COVID-19 pandemic still hanging in the air.
No spectators for the 11,090 athletes
11,090 athletes from the 206 delegations walked out to empty stands.
The Grandstand that usually has 68,000 spectators, mainly lay empty. Only high profile dignitaries were in attendance at the Grandstand like the Japanese emperor Naruhito, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, French President Emmanuel Macron, and US First Lady Jill Biden.