Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, will become the first Asian city to host the Olympic Games twice from July 24, 2020, to August 9, 2020, when it will be hosting its second Summer Olympic Games in history. The 2020 Olympics will feature more sports that the 2016 Olympics. Some of the games that will debut in the 2020 Olympics include Madison cycling, freestyle BMX, 3x3 basketball, skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing, and karate. The event is expected to feature over 11,091 athletes from 206 countries. Some of the most hopeful nations in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games include:
The United States
The United States has participated in all Olympic Games since 1896 except the 1980 Olympics when the country boycotted the tournament. The U.S. is the most prosperous nation in the modern Olympics history, having won 2,522 medals. The United States sent 555 athletes in 33 sporting event in the 2016 Games and won the most medals (121 medals). The American athletes have dominated numerous competitions in the Olympic Games, like swimming and basketball for decades. The U.S. plans to bring over 401 athletes in the 2020 Olympics to compete in over 22 sports.
Other than being the second in the 2016 Olympic Games medals table, the United Kingdom is one of the most successful nations in the history of the Olympic Games. The U.K. has sent athletes in every Summer Olympic Games, including the 1984 and 1980 events, which were boycotted by several nations. The U.K. is the only country that has won a gold medal in all Summer Olympics, and it is ranked third globally, having won 851medals. Great Britain sent 366athletes to the 2016 Games, who participated in 25 sports and managed to win 67 medals. The U.K. won the second-most medals in the 2016 Games right behind the United States. Great Britain plans to send over 230 athletes in the 2020 Games to participate in over 17 sports.
Even though China is ranked seventh having won 608 medals in all the Summer Olympic Games it has participated, it is the most competitive nation in the Olympic Games. China has been improving since the 1988 Games when they ranked eleventh with only 28 medals. China finished third in the 2016 Games right behind Great Britain with 70 medals. China has a unique sports program that allows them to select talented young children all over the country and train them for future competitions. The program has helped them produce competitive athletes who have managed to perform well in the Olympic Games. China sent 416 athletes to the 2016 Games to participate in 26 sports. The athletes managed to win 26 gold medals and dominated in several competitions, including diving and table tennis. After a disappointing third-place finish in 2016, the Chinese team is ready to finish on top of the U.K., even though they will face a stiff challenge from Russia and the host nation.
Japan finished sixth in the 2016 Summer Games with 41 medals right below Russia and Germany. As the host nation, Japan has introduced several new games in the 2020 Olympic Games like karate. Japan is the current World Karate Champion and has won the most medals in all World Karate Championships tournaments. Therefore, the introduction of this sport in the 2020 Olympics is expected to earn them more medals.