The Tokyo Olympics is coming up this summer as the world’s best athletes prepare to finally go for gold.
The 2020 Summer Games had to be postponed by a year following the worldwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Now the International Olympic Committee are working hard to make sure the Games go ahead in Japan this summer.
While several key logistical issues remain, Tokyo is preparing itself to host the showpiece global event in just a few months.
And so, as the finest sports men and women gear up for the action, here’s everything you need to know about Tokyo 2020.
Tokyo Olympics: Dates
The IOC revised the dates for the Games of 32nd Olympiad on March 30, 2020 following news of the postponement.
The opening ceremony for the Games is now currently scheduled for Friday, July 23, 2021.
There will then be two weeks for sporting competition before the closing ceremony on Sunday, August 8.
The Games will still be known as ‘Tokyo 2020’ and has the motto of ‘United by Emotion’.
It will see over 11,000 athletes from 206 nations compete in 33 sports.
Tokyo Olympics: Bidding process
Tokyo was joined by Istanbul and Madrid as the final three candidate cities to host the 2020 Olympics.
Baku and Doha failed with their bids while Roma decided to withdraw their application.
Tokyo beat Istanbul in the final selection process with votes of 60 to 36.
Tokyo previously hosted the 1964 Olympics and is set to become the fifth city to host the Games more than once.
The next Olympics will be held in Paris in 2024 followed by Los Angeles in 2028.
Tokyo Olympics: Venues
Japan’s capital Tokyo is the host city with the new 68,000-capacity Japan National Stadium being the showpiece venue.
Other key arenas include the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, the Izu Velodrome, the Tokyo Stadium and the International Stadium in Yokohama.
The Olympic Village will be based in Tokyo and features three venues that were originally constructed for the 1964 Olympics.
The ‘Tokyo Bay Zone’ will be the busiest area of the Games with 13 venues hosting action.
Tokyo Olympics: Sports
The Games will hold 339 events in 33 different sports with a total of 50 disciplines.
This Olympics will see the introduction of four new sports with karate, sport climbing, surfing and skateboarding making their debuts.
Baseball and softball will return for the first time since 2008.
There will also be new disciplines including 3×3 basketball, freestyle BMX and madison cycling.
Tokyo Olympics: Medal table
The Tokyo medal table will follow.
At Rio 2016, a total of 973 medals were awarded including 307 golds.
The United States topped the charts after winning 121 medals including 46 golds.
Team GB finished second in the medal table after claiming 27 golds in a total of 67 while the upcoming hosts Japan won 41 medals including 12 golds.
There was one podium sweep in 2016 as Team USA claimed gold, silver and bronze in women’s 100 meters hurdles thanks to Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin.
All-time Summer Olympic Games medal table
- United States: 1,022 golds, 2,523 total
- Soviet Union: 395 golds, 1,010 total
- Great Britain: 263 golds, 851 total
- France: 212 golds, 716 total
- Germany: 191 golds, 615 total
- Italy: 206 golds, 577 total
- China: 224 golds, 546 total
- Australia: 147 golds, 497 total
- Sweden: 145 golds, 494 total
- Hungary: 175 golds, 491 total
Tokyo Olympics: What has been said?
IOC president Thomas Bach has dismissed speculation surrounding the Games and insists: “It’s not about the ‘whether’ the Games takes place, it’s about the ‘how’.”
He added: “From a human point of view I can understand everybody who has concerns about the Olympic Games – when he or she is living in lockdown and does not know whether you can go to a restaurant or see your friends and family, these are circumstances in which it is extremely difficult to imagine the Olympic Games.
“But the responsibility of the government and the IOC is to look beyond this situation.
“The organisation of a Games is already a complex challenge, but this complexity is multiplied when it comes to organising a postponed Games for the first time, and under the conditions of a pandemic.
“This is why we are so committed. This is not just something we are taking out of the blue or some wishful thinking – this is based on solid ground.”