The event was originally scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020, but was postponed to 2021 in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the first such instance in the history of the Olympic Games (previous games had been canceled but not rescheduled). However, the event was rescheduled from July 24 to August 9, 2020, during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Summer Paralympics will be held between 24 August and 5 September 2021, 16 days after the completion of the Olympics.
The 2020 Olympic Games included new competitions and reintroduced competitions that had previously been eliminated. 3×3 basketball, freestyle BMX, and mixed-gender team events in a variety of current sports, as well as the reintroduction of Madison cycling for men and the creation of a similar event for women, are among the new additions.
In addition, new IOC regulations allow the host organizing committee to introduce additional sports to the Olympic schedule for a single Game.
Baseball and softball, karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding are among the new sports introduced by the Japanese Olympic Committee, with the last four making their Olympic debuts. Burkina Faso, San Marino, and Turkmenistan all earned their first Olympic medals.
The Olympic Stadium in Tokyo hosted the opening ceremony on July 23, 2021. The customary Parade of Nations was part of the event. Emperor Naruhito formally inaugurated the Games, while Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka ignited the Olympic cauldron after the torch relay.
The IOC executive board adopted the official program for the 2020 Summer Olympics on June 9, 2017. The objective for the Tokyo Summer Olympics, according to IOC President Thomas Bach, was to make them more “youthful” and “urban,” as well as to boost the number of female participants.
The Games will feature 339 events over 33 sports, covering 50 disciplines in all. Along with the five new sports scheduled to debut in Tokyo, fifteen new events within current sports, such as 33 basketball, freestyle BMX, and the reintroduction of Madison cycling, as well as new mixed events in many sports, are also planned.
Tokyo Organizing Committee
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshir Mori led the Tokyo Organizing Committee at first, but he resigned in February 2021 following outrage over inappropriate statements regarding women in meetings. Seiko Hashimoto was chosen to succeed him. On behalf of the Japanese government, Tamayo Marukawa, Minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, was in charge of monitoring the preparations.
The Tokyo Organizing Committee and the International Labour Organization announced cooperation in April 2018 to ensure decent employment in the run-up to and during the 2020 Olympic Games. The Board of Audit released a study in October 2018 estimating that the overall cost of the Olympic venues might surpass $25 billion.
With eleven new venues to be built, 28 of Tokyo’s 33 competitive venues are within 8 kilometers (5 miles) of the Olympic Village. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) stated on October 16, 2019, that the marathon and racewalking events will be relocated to Sapporo due to heat concerns.
Despite her view that the events should have remained in Tokyo, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike acknowledged the IOC’s decision on November 1, 2019.
Toshiro Mut, the Organizing Committee’s chief executive, stated in June 2020 that the committee was looking into ways to streamline the Games to save money. On September 25, the IOC and the Tokyo Organizing Committee agreed to a set of measures to simplify the Games’ logistics, including a reduction in non-athlete staff, the use of online meetings, and streamlined transportation, among other things.
The committee also listed topics it will investigate to ensure everyone’s health and safety.
Volunteering At The 2020 Olympic
Beginning September 26, 2018, applications for volunteering at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were opened. The Tokyo Organizing Committee had received a total of 204,680 applications until the 18th of January 2019. Interviews to choose the required number of volunteers began in February 2019, with training to follow in October.
The volunteers at the venues will be referred to as “Field Cast,” while the volunteers in the city will be referred to as “City Cast.” The other three shortlisted names were “Shining Blue” and “Shining Blue Tokyo,” “Games Anchor” and “City Anchor,” and “Games Force” and “City Force,” which were picked from a shortlist of four from an original 150 pairs of names.
People who sought to be volunteers at the Games picked the names. As of early June 2021, around 10,000 of the 80,000 registered volunteers have withdrawn from the Games. The surge in pandemic cases has been blamed by the media for the mass resignations. More volunteer assignments are anticipated to be canceled as a result of the spectator ban.
“Hope Lights Our Way” is the motto for the 2020 Summer Olympics torch relay.