I am very excited about the Tokyo Olympics 2020 events and I know you are too.
The last time I was in Japan was as a player on the United States World University team in 1985 which was a mini-Olympics for college student athletes that was held in Kobe, Japan.
This isn't the first time the Olympics were held in Tokyo..the previous time the Olympics were held in Tokyo was in the year 1964. These "summer" Olympics were held in October from the 10th to the 24th.
Just for a short history lesson, 24 years earlier, in 1940, Tokyo was awarded the organization of the Olympics but then due to the invasion of Japan by China which ended up starting World War II, the 1940 Tokyo Olympics became the 1940 Helsinki Olympics.
How much has changed between the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and what we can expect during the Tokyo Olympics 2020 events?
Number of Events:
There were 163 events in 19 sports (25 disciplines) during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics but the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are scheduled to have 339 events representing 33 sports and 50 disciplines. That's more than twice as many events!
Number of Sports Contested:
The sports contested during the Tokyo 1940 Olympics were the following: aquatics, athletics, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, sailing, shooting, volleyball, weightlifting, and wrestling
Compare that to 25 more contested Tokyo Olympics 2020 events that have been added including: archery, badminton, baseball and softball, golf, handball, karate, rugby 7s, skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, track and field, and triathlon.
Are the two Tokyo Olympic logos very similar or are they different?
There are also noticeable differences between the two logos for the two events.
The logo used for the 1940 event, was designed by Yusaku Kamekura, and features a red sun representing the Japanese flag above the Olympic gold rings and it has "Tokyo 1964" written in Helvetica making it simple but attractive.
The logo for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 event was designed by Asao Tokolo and displays indigo blue chequered patterns with the chequered patterns representing unity in diversity.
Covid - 19
It is undeniable that Covid-19 had a huge impact on the plans for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The pandemic was the reason why the marathon has been moved to Sapporo, which is a city 800 kilometers north of Tokyo because of its cooler weather since its believed that heat promotes the spread of Covid-19.
Because the Covid pandemic organizational and travel expenses have skyrocketed due to the previous cancellation of the event, hotel bookings, flight tickets and additional logistics.
The indoor volleyball tournament which takes place in the Ariake Arena starts 24 July and ends on 8 August.
Beach volleyball takes place in Shiokaze Park located in Shinagawa City and is the home of the Tennozu Isle, a complex built with a brewpub, restaurants, shops, picnic spots and an aquarium.
It also consists of high-tech sports facilities built specifically for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics such as cycle tracks, beach and indoor volleyball courts and climbing walls.
Volleyball is expected to be one of the most popular sports of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the Ariake district and Shinagawa will draw alot of spectator attention.
Gymnastics will be held in three different categories which are as follows: artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampolining gymnastics.
All of them will be held at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre from 24 July to 8 August, 2021 with a total of 18 events. The Ariake Gymnastics Centre is multi-sport venue located in the northern part of the Ariake district, Tokyo.
Aerial view of Tokyo Aquatics Centre
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