Tokyo, Japan will host the Games of the XXXII Olympiads. It was selected as the host city on September 7, 2013, during the 125th IOC Session in Argentina ahead of Madrid and Istanbul. The 339 events, representing 339 different sports will be held in 42 venues across Tokyo. Tokyo 2020 Olympics will run from July 24, 2020, to August 9, 2020. Here are 10 surprising facts about the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Tokyo twice lucky
Tokyo will become the first city in Asia to host the Summer Olympic Games twice. The city first hosted the Games 56 years ago in 1964. It will also be the second time that Japan hosts the Summer Games. Japan has also hosted two Winter Olympic Games, at Nagano in 1998 and Sapporo in 1972.
Five more sports at the Tokyo Games
Tokyo 2020 Games will feature 339 events across 33 different sports. Five of the sports are entirely new and have never featured at the Olympic Games. These sports include skateboarding, baseball, sport climbing, surfing, and karate. No event or sport or event has been dropped from the 2020 Games.
Tokyo 2020 will be an expensive Olympic
The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics estimated that the sporting event would cost $7 billion. However, it became clear that the amount was very low and the figure was revised to around $25 billion. Well, future summer games hope to maintain the budget below $10 billion.
Torch relay to travel through Japan in 121 days
The Olympic torch relay will commence on March 26, 2020, in Fukushima and travel to all the 47 prefectures. During its journey, the torch will showcase the varied culture and scenic attraction of the different regions of Japan. The Relay will complete its 121-days journey in Tokyo.
Russia will miss the action
Russia may not feature as a nation at the Tokyo Olympics after a ban for four years from international competition because of doping-related cases. The ban was proposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The agency suspects that Russia may have tampered with the date for its athletes before presenting them to the agency for inspection.
But individually cleared Russian Athletes will participate
Although Russia as a nation has been banned from participating in any international sport, individually cleared athletes will have an opportunity to participate in the Olympic Games under the Olympic flag. However, they are not allowed to participate in any team sport.
Miraitowa the mascot can travel into the future
The mascot for the 2020 Olympic Games is known as Miraitowa. The mascot embodies the spirit of the Olympics as well as the Japanese culture. The name Miraitowa is a combination of Japanese words for “future” and “eternity.” The mascot can teleport itself and is extremely athletic.
Field Casts and City Casts to volunteer at the Games
Tokyo Organizing Committee received over 200,000 applications for volunteers at the Summer Games. However, only a requisite number has been selected for various roles. Those who will volunteer in the city are known as “City Casts” while those who will volunteer at the venues are “Field Casts.”
Used phones and electronics for new medals
Gold, silver, and bronze medals will be up for grab at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games. To save on the cost of producing the medals, the TOC has partnered with NTT Docomo and Japan Environmental Sanitation Center to collect used electronics such as mobile phones as material for the medals.
Security will be tight at the venues
While the 2016 Olympic Games was marred by high rates of violent crimes, Tokyo promises to be the safest place for both athletes and their supporters. Tokyo I considered one of the safest cities in the world. Besides, the use of drones at the Olympic venues has been banned.