Since the Summer Games of 1964, Japan has been an Olympic land. Fifty-six years after having organized the Olympic Games which were the first to be staged in Asia, the Japanese capital will be hosting a Summer edition for the second time, from 24 July to 9 August 2020.
If we include the Winter Games of 1972 in Sapporo and of 1998 in Nagano, Japan will host its fourth games in 2020 Summer edition.
Tokyo has hosted the Olympic Games only once that was in 1964. Although the capital was initially scheduled to host 1940 Summer Games, due to the war which broke out in 1937 between Japan and China caused the venue to move to Helsinki.
The Games were canceled due to World War II three years later. So this is the third time that the Japanese Capital, Tokyo has been awarded the Game.
The Games in 1964 caused a radical transformation in the country. The Games of the XXXII Olympiad of the modern era will be “the most innovative ever organized” as the organizers of the event in 2020 express.
This will be based on three fundamental principles; striving for your personal best (achieving your personal best); accepting one another (unity in diversity), and passing on a legacy for the future (connecting to tomorrow)”which are expected to transform the world.
The emblem for the next Olympics has already been unveiled — a circular pattern made up of rectangular shapes in indigo blue where it represents “unity in diversity” and a “refined elegance” as the organizers say.
Competition venues are to be themed as the “Heritage” and the “Tokyo Bay” zones. The “Heritage” zone includes some of the sites used during the Tokyo 1964 Summer Games such as the prestigious Nippon Budokan for judo, the Yoyogi National Gymnasium for handball and the Baji Koen Park for equestrian events as aligned with the reforms advocated by Olympic Agenda 2020. The “Tokyo Bay” zone will showcase events like canoe slalom, tennis and BMX.
The two zones intersect to form an infinity symbol with the Athletes’ Village and the Opening, Closing ceremonies and athletic competitions will be staged at the Tokyo National Stadium, which is supposed to be completely revamped and replaced by a new arena.
So the work is underway on a new National Olympic Stadium, on the site of the original 1964 Olympic Stadium and at the cost of more than $1 billion as estimated.
The Tokyo Games will attribute for 339 gold medals expecting more than 11,000 athletes and 206 nations to participate, boasting five more sports than Rio, taking the total to 33. Meanwhile precious metal from phones and other electronic devices is being recycled to produce the gold, silver, and bronze medals that will be presented to winning athletes and therefore organizers are calling on Japanese residents to turn in their old cellphones. Four new sports; surfing, skateboarding, sport climbing, and karate are meant to draw a younger audience.
Also, there will be 15 unique events in the existing sports of athletics, swimming, archery, basketball, cycling, judo, fencing, table tennis, and triathlon where those new events will feature more mixed-gender competitions, too. Thus the changes will feature the Olympics “more youthful, more urban and will include more women” says the IOC president.
Tokyo 2020 organizers want sports fans to come for the Olympics, but stay to enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of Tokyo while promising that it will be the most futuristic Olympics yet, with plans for robots helping with language and luggage at the city’s Haneda Airport.