BEIJING (AP) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided to make changes to the marching order of the athletes’ parade in the opening ceremony of Olympic Games.
The change of order underlines the prominence of the upcoming Olympic hosts as they would march right before the current host delegation, the IOC said in a statement on Tuesday.
This means that, at Tokyo 2020, the three last teams to march will be the United States, France and Japan, in that order.
In addition, the Refugee Olympic Team, which was second-to-last at Rio 2016, will come immediately after Greece. As Greece is the birthplace of the Olympic Games, its team always opens the parade.