Against all odds and a year long delay, Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games finally gets underway with its opening ceremony now less than an hour away.
The ambition is to make millions of television watchers around the world gasp and get their jaws dropping.
The Olympic Games' Opening Ceremony is a chance for the host country to show off the best of its culture, introduce the competing countries and athletes and generally get everyone in the mood for a sporting event that brings the world together.
Except Tokyo's Opening Ceremony is expected to be a whole lot different this year as the Games get underway amid a pandemic.
We have live by the Olympic Stadium, Philip Crowther of AP International .
Against what backdrop is Tokyo 2020 getting underway? How is the Covid situation in Tokyo as well as in the Olympic Village?
Give us a sneak preview of the opening ceremony. How will it be different from previous Summer Olympics opening ceremonies?
Is there Olympic buzz among the Japanese public as well as the athletes there to compete now that the Games are finally underway?
Philip Crowther of AP International live for us from the Tokyo Games. Great coverage. Thank you.