Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

The host city for the Olympic Games to be held in 2021 is Tokyo, the capital of Japan. Tokyo was announced as the winning host bid over Madrid and Istanbul in September 2013. The Games, originally planed to be held in 2020, were postponed to a year later due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will be held from July 23th to August 8th, 2021, though some events will start before the opening ceremony, with baseball, softball, and soccer games on July 21. Although the games are to be now held in 2021, for marketing and branding reasons, it will still be referred to as 'Tokyo 2020'.

This will be the second time that Japan has hosted the Summer Olympics, they previously hosted the event in 1964. Japan were also selected to host the canceled 1940 Games. Japan have also hosted the Winter Olympics twice, in 1998 in Nagano and 1972 in Sapporo.

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Impact of Coronavirus

There will be a significant impact from the coronavirus pandemic on the Tokyo Olympics. The Games were postponed to a year later. Although the pandemic is still affecting most parts of the world, the Games are still going ahead, albeit with changes from the usual. Athletes will be tested on arrival and will be tested every four days if they continue to be negative. The athletes will also be limited to the Olympic Village and transported to their venue for competition and training, and can only stay for the duration of their events. No spectators at all will be able to attend events.

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Sports

Five new sports have been added to the program since the last Olympics: baseball and softball, karate, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing. See the List of Sports for Tokyo.

Teams

There are a total of 205 National Olympic Committees involved at the Games, plus the IOC Refugee Olympic Team.

Following sanctions due to state-sponsored doping, only Russian athletes who meet certain criteria will only be able to compete. Russian athletes are set to participate at the Tokyo 2020 under the name "ROC" (the acronym of the Russian Olympic Committee).

North Korea withdrew from Tokyo 2020 citing COVID-19 fears, their first absence in the Summer Olympics since 1988. Guinea also withdrew from the Games, but reversed this decision the day before the Games began.

Again there is an IOC Refugee Olympic Team competing. Selection in this team was based on their sporting performance, their confirmed refugee status, as well as balanced representation across sports, regions and genders.

Mascots

There are two 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games mascots: Miraitowa (Olympic Games) & Someity (Paralympic Games). Japanese school children voted for their favorite designs from three shortlisted illustrations, and another vote was used to select names for them. They decided on two futuristic, superhero creatures, the blue Olympics mascot and pink Paralympics digitally designed creatures echo the country's anime obsession. The Olympic mascot is a blue and white checked character called miraitowa (pronounced miray-towa), inspired by the combination of two Japanese words: 'mirai', which means future and 'towa', which means eternity. The Paralympic mascot is a pink and white checked superhero named someity (pronounced soh-may-tee), the name derived from the cherry blossom someiyoshino and with hints of the English phrase 'so mighty.'

Medal Tally

See the Predictions of the Medals To Be Won at the Tokyo Olympics, and the actual medal tally (updated later).

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