What you need to know about the Tokyo 2020?
After an unprecedented year-long delay, the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are about to take place this summer. Are you wondering what to expect from this global sporting event? Let's look at the overview!
Waku WakuPublished on 20 Jul 2021, 16:24
１) When are the Olympics and Paralympics?
The 2020 Summer Olympic games scheduled to be held from 23rd July to 8th August. The following Paralympic games are scheduled a month later, between 24th August and 5 September.
Although the Olympic opening ceremony will take place on 23rd July, some events, such as the softball and the soccer tournaments begin before the official start. So it is better to check the schedule if you are looking forward to following those events.
2 ) Still "Tokyo 2020"!
This Summer Games in 2021 are the second games Tokyo will host. The first 1964 ones were marked as the first Olympics and Paralympic held in Asian countries.
Tokyo 2020 is now marked as the first time an Olympic games has been 'postponed', and it has been prepared in such a historically challenging situation.
And please remember, even though these are to take place in 2021, they'll still be referred as the Tokyo "2020"!
3 ) New sports for Tokyo 2020
Despite the delay, the Tokyo Olympic games will debut four new sports: karate, skateboard, sports climbing, and surfing. Baseball and softball will be back for the first time since Beijing 2008.
At the Paralympics, badminton and taekwondo will make their debut as Paralympic's main sport. Are you interested in the schedule for the new sports?
22nd, 23rd, 25th-28th July
26th - 29th July
(Park) 5th, 6th August
(Street) 26th, 27th July
29th July - 6th August, 8th August
4th - 7th August
6th - 8th August
2nd - 6th September
3rd - 5th September
*The schedule is subject to change.
4 ) Olympics and Paralympics Schedule
Popular sports, like swimming and gymnastics will take center stage in the first week, soon after the opening ceremony. And then, track and field comes after.
Some team events take place almost the entire Games so the awarding medals ceremony won't come until the final days. Men's marathon is on 8th Aug as a conclusion for the Olympics.
Check out the official plan here on your preference!
Olympics (23 Jul- 8 Aug):
Paralympics (24 Aug- 5 Sep):
5 ) Do you know what the medals made from?
As the first attempt in history, the medals in Tokyo 2020 are made from recycled materials such as a waste of mobile phones, digital cameras or other electronics.
For 2 years from 2017 to 2019, those were collected from the entire country, 6,210,000 mobile phones and over 70,000 tons of home appliances!
Total about 5,000 gold, silver and bronze medals are made from these all waste materials, and it is called 'sustainable medals' for the first time in Olympics and Paralympics history.
If you have a brief information above, now you are ready to enjoy Tokyo 2020! Let’s be a part of this historic sporting event together!
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