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23/07/2021 14:26 BST | Updated 23/07/2021 14:37 BST

Tonga's Shirtless Flag Bearer Rocks Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony, With 1 Difference

Is it even an Olympics ceremony now without Pita Taufatofua and his oiled-up torso?

Tonga’s flag bearer Pita Taufatofua cemented his status as a firm fan favorite at the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony on Friday when he once again walked into the stadium shirtless and covered in oil.

Taufatofua, who is competing in the Taekwondo event, did the same at the Rio summer games in 2016 and at the winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, two years later.

This time around, though, there was one difference.

Taufatofua wore a mask, as did all athletes involved in the ceremony:

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Flag bearers Malia Paseka and Pita Taufatofua of Team Tonga lead their team out during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
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23 July 2021, Japan, Tokio: Olympics: Opening Ceremony at Olympic Stadium. Tonga flag bearers Malia Paseka and taekwondo fighter Pita Taufatofua lead the team into the Olympic Stadium at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympics. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa (Photo by Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images)
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23 July 2021, Japan, Tokio: Olympics: Opening Ceremony at Olympic Stadium. Tonga flag bearers Malia Paseka and taekwondo fighter Pita Taufatofua lead the team into the Olympic Stadium at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympics. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa (Photo by Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images)