The Tokyo Olympics will get beneath manner this week because the world’s greatest athletes put together to lastly go for gold.
The 2020 Summer time Video games needed to be postponed by a yr following the worldwide lockdown as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
Now, the Worldwide Olympic Committee are working arduous to verify the Video games go forward in Japan this summer season.
Regardless of loads of criticism from across the globe, Tokyo is making ready itself to host the showpiece world occasion.
And so, because the most interesting sports activities women and men gear up for the motion, right here’s every part it’s essential learn about Tokyo 2020…
Tokyo Olympics: Dates
The IOC revised the dates for the Video games of 32nd Olympiad on March 30, 2020 following information of the postponement.
The opening ceremony for the Video games is now scheduled for Friday, July 23. It can begin at 12pm UK time with Japan eight hours forward.
There’ll then be two weeks for sporting competitors earlier than the closing ceremony on Sunday, August 8.
The Video games will nonetheless be generally known as ‘Tokyo 2020’ and has the motto of ‘United by Emotion’.
It can see over 11,000 athletes from 205 nations compete in 33 sports activities.
Tokyo Olympics: Bidding course of
Tokyo was joined by Istanbul and Madrid as the ultimate three candidate cities to host the 2020 Olympics.
Baku and Doha failed with their bids whereas Roma determined to withdraw their software.
Tokyo beat Istanbul within the ultimate choice course of with votes of 60 to 36.
Tokyo beforehand hosted the 1964 Olympics and is about to develop into the fifth metropolis to host the Video games greater than as soon as.
The subsequent Olympics can be held in Paris in 2024 adopted by Los Angeles in 2028.
Tokyo Olympics: Venues
Japan’s capital Tokyo is the host metropolis with the brand new 68,000-capacity Japan Nationwide Stadium being the showpiece venue.
Different key arenas embrace the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, the Izu Velodrome, the Tokyo Stadium and the Worldwide Stadium in Yokohama.
The Olympic Village can be based mostly in Tokyo and options three venues that had been initially constructed for the 1964 Olympics.
The ‘Tokyo Bay Zone’ would be the busiest space of the Video games with 13 venues internet hosting motion.
Tokyo Olympics: Sports activities
The Video games will maintain 339 occasions in 33 totally different sports activities with a complete of 50 disciplines.
This Olympics will see the introduction of 4 new sports activities with karate, sport climbing, browsing and skateboarding making their debuts.
Baseball and softball will return for the primary time since 2008.
There may even be new disciplines together with 3×Three basketball, freestyle BMX and madison biking.
Tokyo Olympics: Medal desk
The Tokyo medal desk will observe.
At Rio 2016, a complete of 973 medals had been awarded together with 307 golds.
The United States topped the charts after profitable 121 medals together with 46 golds.
Group GB completed second within the medal desk after claiming 27 golds in a complete of 67 whereas the upcoming hosts Japan gained 41 medals together with 12 golds.
There was one podium sweep in 2016 as Group USA claimed gold, silver and bronze in girls’s 100 meters hurdles because of Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin.
All-time Summer time Olympic Video games medal desk
- United States: 1,022 golds, 2,523 whole
- Soviet Union: 395 golds, 1,010 whole
- Nice Britain: 263 golds, 851 whole
- France: 212 golds, 716 whole
- Germany: 191 golds, 615 whole
- Italy: 206 golds, 577 whole
- China: 224 golds, 546 whole
- Australia: 147 golds, 497 whole
- Sweden: 145 golds, 494 whole
- Hungary: 175 golds, 491 whole
Tokyo Olympics: Can followers attend?
Officers have confirmed that no worldwide spectators can be allowed to attend the Olympic or Paralympic Video games in Tokyo.
There may even be fastened spectator limits for the occasion with solely a most of 10,000 allowed in.
The choice was taken following a gathering involving native organisers, the Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Committees, the Tokyo metropolitan authorities and the nationwide authorities.
Japan’s prime coronavirus advisor had advised organisers that one of the simplest ways to restrict the chance of unfold was to carry the occasions behind closed doorways, however organisers have opted to observe the present authorities limits for sports activities occasions within the nation.
“In mild of the federal government’s restrictions on public occasions, the spectator restrict for the Olympic Video games can be set at 50 per cent of venue capability, as much as a most of 10,000 individuals in any respect venues,” an announcement from Tokyo 2020 learn.
Organisers stated college students within the colleges’ spectator programme wouldn’t be thought-about inside these limits, and could be handled individually.
The competitors schedule stays unchanged.
Spectators should chorus from shouting or talking loudly, the assertion stated, and should journey direct to the venue and return instantly house afterwards.
Tokyo Olympics: What has been stated?
IOC President Thomas Bach: “The whole Olympic motion is trying ahead to the opening ceremony on July 23.
“I had the chance to talk with all of the 206 Nationwide Olympic Committees of the world and they’re all absolutely dedicated and looking out ahead to the Video games.
“We’re having fun with the complete assist of the Japanese authorities.
“Everyone is admittedly decided to make these Olympic Video games the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel.
“All of the prospects are good, we’re working arduous, and for these Video games, the primary precedence can be to make them protected and safe for all contributors.”
An IOC assertion added: “We imagine that with the sturdy measures and plans we’ve in place, the Video games can and can go forward safely.”
Tokyo Olympics: Key statistics
29 – these would be the 29th trendy summer season Olympics – although formally the Video games of the 32nd Olympiad, with the 1916, 1940 and 1944 occasions cancelled as a result of two World Wars.
19 – days of competitors on this yr’s Olympics, with the soccer and softball occasions beginning two days earlier than the official opening ceremony.
33 – sports activities that includes within the Video games, together with the return of baseball/softball and the primary appearances of karate, climbing, browsing and skateboarding.
339 – whole occasions inside these 33 sports activities.
376 – athletes introduced within the ultimate Group GB squad, with illustration in 26 sports activities. There have been additionally 22 reserves chosen.
201 – girls within the choice, the primary time they’ve outnumbered males in a Group GB summer season Olympic crew.
205 – groups collaborating in Tokyo. Russian athletes will compete as ROC, utilizing the acronym and flag of the Russian Olympic Committee, whereas North Korea pulled out resulting from considerations over Covid-19.
41 – venues staging occasions this summer season.
68,000 – capability of the primary Olympic Stadium.
0 – spectators in attendance as a result of state of emergency in Tokyo brought on by the coronavirus.
£4.24bn – estimated price of the one-year postponement of the Video games from final summer season, in response to a report produced by Osaka’s Kansai College which put the determine at 640.8bn yen.
3 – candidates to host the Video games, when the vote was taken in 2013. Tokyo gained 42 first-round votes and beat Istanbul by 60 votes to 36 within the second spherical after Madrid was eradicated.
10 Group GB stars who’re set to shine in Tokyo
Having surged beneath 57 seconds and set the 20 quickest occasions in historical past, Peaty seems a digital certainty to defend his 100m breaststroke title – greater than seemingly with a brand new world file into the discount. Such is the extent of his dominance that his rivals are already resigned to battling it out for silver.
The Edinburgh shooter heads to Tokyo because the reigning world primary and 50m susceptible world champion, and a robust medal guess within the girls’s 3×50 rifle occasion. McIntosh, who may even compete within the 10m air rifle, additionally gained Britain’s first World Cup gold in 2019.
Already the quickest British lady in historical past, Asher-Smith has a behavior of rising to the large event and she is going to should be within the type of her life in Tokyo to see off American Gabby Thomas, who set the second-fastest time in historical past over 200m on the US
trials, and veteran Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who did likewise within the 100m in Kingston.
McCormack has proved a category other than most of his Olympic rivals over this prolonged cycle and can begin as a transparent favorite for welterweight boxing gold. His current win over Russia’s
Andrey Zamkovoy – who denied him world gold in 2019 – was a transparent signal of his intent to go all the way in which within the Japanese capital.
Jason and Laura Kenny
Historical past is on the playing cards for biking’s golden couple in Tokyo. Laura Kenny sits one behind Dame Katherine Grainger’s five-gold medal haul on the home all-time listing, whereas Jason at the moment boasts seven Olympic medals, one wanting Sir Bradley Wiggins’ profession tally of eight, with each likelihood each data will not less than be matched.
After claiming two extraordinary gold medals in Rio, Whitlock has restricted his focus to his favoured pommel for Tokyo. Regardless of his current fall on his return to competitors on the European Championships, the 28-year-old will begin as favorite – however could possibly be pushed all the way in which by Eire’s rising star Rhys McClenaghan.
Brown, who turns 13 this month, will develop into Britain’s youngest summer season Olympian when she competes within the skateboard park competitors. However the younger prodigy stands each likelihood of a medal, having certified in third place and in addition claimed a World Championship bronze medal in Sao Paolo in 2019.
Glover gained consecutive rowing gold medals with Heather Stanning in 2012 and 2016 earlier than retiring to begin a household. Tempted to launch a return, Glover and her new accomplice Polly Swann stormed to European gold in April, elevating the prospect of a exceptional third medal for the 35-year-old in Japan.
Jones was a youngster when she gained her first Olympic taekwondo gold at London 2012, and adopted up her triumph in Rio 4 years later. Now 28 and in addition the reigning world champion, Jones is a sizzling favorite to safe an unprecedented third consecutive Olympic title.