Tokyo, July 30 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Crown Prince Akishino will attend the Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony on Aug. 8 on behalf of Emperor Naruhito, honorary patron of the Games, the Imperial Household Agency said Friday.
Crown Princess Kiko will not attend the ceremony as the number of participants is limited amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the agency.
The Emperor declared the start of the Olympics at the July 23 opening ceremony in accordance with the Olympic Charter, which stipulates that the Games are proclaimed open by the head of state of the host country.
An Olympics closing ceremony can be attended by a person nominated by the head of the state, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Arrangements are underway for Emperor Naruhito, who also serves as honorary patron of the Tokyo Paralympics, to attend the Paralympics opening ceremony on Aug. 24, sources familiar with the matter said.
Emperor Hirohito, grandfather of the current Emperor and posthumously known as Emperor Showa, attended the opening and closing ceremonies of the previous Tokyo Olympics in 1964 as honorary patron.
The opening and closing ceremonies of the 1964 Tokyo Paralympics were attended by Emperor Emeritus Akihito, then Crown Prince and honorary patron of the Paralympics.