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The Tokyo Olympics 2020 – An Overview

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Dates of the Games

The start of the this year’s Olympics is on July 23, 2021. They will be held in Tokyo, Japan.

Even though the Olympics were supposed to be held in 2020, due to the Covid-19 regulations, they were postponed for this year. The end of the Olympics will be on August 8.

The Paralympics will start on August 24 and will end on September 5.

Sports in the Olympic Games 2020

More than 11,000 athletes from 206 nations will compete in 28 different sports.

In addition, five new sports will be introduced to the Olympic Games, making the number of sports to 33. Those include Surfing, Skateboarding, Sport climbing, the most popular sport in Japan – baseball, and the traditional Japanese martial art – karate.

The Tokyo Olympics Logo

The logos of the 2020 Olympics consists of three rectangular shapes that represent diversity.

Both the official Summer Olympics, as well as the Summer Paralympics logos consist of the same number of rectangles. The message that the logos carry is that the world consists of diversity, but also that all people are equal.

Olympics 2020 Mascot

The mascot of 2020 Olympic games is Miraitowa and the mascot for the 2020 Paralympics is Someity.

The mascots were chosen from a competition in which more than 2,000 artists submitted their designs.

The name of the official mascot comes from the Japanese words for future (未来 – mirai) and eternity (永久 – towa). And the name of the Someity mascot comes from the (染井吉野- someiyoshino) Japanese cherry sort.

The Tokyo Olympics Torch

The design of the Olympic torch changes every season. For example, for this year’s Olympics it consists of a single sheet of recycled rose-gold aluminium. The shape of it is of a Japanese cherry blossom – sakura.

olympic flame lightning ceremony greece

The lighting of the beautiful Olympics torch was on March 12, 2020 in the home of the ancient Olympic Games – Greece – in an official Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony.

Next Olympic Games

The next Olympic Games will be in Paris in 2024. They will take place from July 26 to August 11.

More than 10,000 of the best athletes from 206 nations will compete in over 28 sports.


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