Following Olympic tradition, Greece’s team leads the parade on July 24. After Tuesday’s decision by the IOC executive board, the refugee team will come second instead of the first nation by alphabetical order, Afghanistan.
The IOC also wants to promote future Olympic host nations by placing them immediately before the current host, which traditionally closes the parade. In Tokyo, the final three teams marching in will be: the U.S., which hosts the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics; France, hosting in 2024 in Paris; and finally Japan.
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