Libyan athletes suffer losses in Tokyo 2020 Olympics
The opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics 2020 welcomed Friday the Libyan squad along with 205 other teams from all around the globe, to mark the start of the biggest sporting event in the world, after a one-year delay due to the coronavirus.
The national team marched into the stadium raising the Libyan flag, while the show began with a mourning dance and a minute of silence in honor of the Covid-19 victims.
The athletes were greeted by President of the International Olympic CommitteeThomas Bach and Japanese Emperor Naruhito.
Due to the Covid-19-related measures spectators were not allowed to attend the grand show.
Libya has sent a team of five athletes to Japan, including Al-Hussein Qanbour for canoeing, Ali Omar for judo, Uday Hassouna for the mens' 200m freestyle, Hadeel Abboud for the 100-m sprint for women, and Mohammed Al-Huraizi, who will be competing in the marathon.
The games are officially underway, but unfortunately, Libya suffered a series of disappointments on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Swimmer Uday Hassouna was knocked out of the men's 200m freestyle, finishing in the last place with a time of 1:56:27.
In the canoe slalom medal racing, Hussein Qanbour also finished last, while Hadeel Abboud will join the women's 100m sprint race set to get underway.
Libya has sent athletes to 13 Games since it joined the Olympics community in 1964 also in Tokyo.