The Tokyo Olympics is still set to be held 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: Can fans attend?
Officials have confirmed that no international spectators will be allowed to attend the Olympic or Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
A statement on March 20 read: “Currently, the COVID-19 situation in Japan and many other countries around the world is still very challenging and a number of variant strains have emerged, whilst international travel remains severely restricted globally.
“Based on the present situation of the pandemic, it is highly unlikely that entry into Japan will be guaranteed this summer for people from overseas.
“In order to give clarity to ticket-holders living overseas and to enable them to adjust their travel plans at this stage, the parties on the Japanese side have come to the conclusion that they will not be able to enter into Japan at the time of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“This conclusion will further contribute to ensure safe and secure Games for all participants and the Japanese public.”
The statement added that tickets purchased overseas through the organising committee will be refunded.
Tokyo Olympics: What has been said?
Despite the news on fans, organisers are ‘extremely confident’ their plans for the Olympics are on track but will not confirm final details until June due to the unpredictability of coronavirus.
Olympic Games executive director Christophe Dubi said: “It was always the case that there would be further versions of it (the final details). We have to have timely decision-making for some of the items.
“I get that people will want to have as much possible details but, at the same time, if we make a number of decisions now where the situation regarding Covid is very fluid then we might regret some of the decisions.
“It’s very important to look at the way the pandemic evolves, consider the situation at any given point in time, and make the right call at the right point in time.
“The right point in time, as far as we’re concerned, is April for the second version of the [details] and for the final details, with everything down to the last wire, bolt and notch, will be in June.
“This is the sequence we have and we are extremely confident with that sequence.”