December 2, 2022

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After a 12 months’s delay, the Tokyo Summer time Olympics are set to proceed. The world’s greatest athletes will as soon as once more compete within the pool, on the monitor, across the velodrome and excessive above the trampoline. However the circumstances can be most uncommon.

Right here’s what we all know in regards to the Video games.

Sure. However the Video games are nonetheless referred to as Tokyo 2020.

The Summer time Video games, initially scheduled for Tokyo in July and August 2020, have been delayed for a 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Video games at the moment are scheduled to proceed from July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021. (There can be just a few preliminary occasions on July 21 and 22.)

The Paralympics, additionally delayed by a 12 months, are to happen Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.

Not like different current hosts, notably Rio de Janeiro in 2016, it seems that Tokyo has its stadiums and infrastructure so as, though surprises generally come up when athletes begin arriving.

Not many. Spectators have been barred from most occasions, a choice made two weeks earlier than the Video games after a brand new state of emergency was declared in Tokyo in response to rising coronavirus circumstances.

Organizers had already introduced in March that the majority worldwide guests wouldn’t be allowed to return to Japan for the Olympics.

That can imply largely empty stadiums and an eerie ambiance acquainted to American followers who watched baseball, basketball and different sports activities in the course of the peak of the pandemic.

The Olympics had by no means been postponed, however they have been canceled by two world wars. The 1916 Video games have been inconveniently scheduled for Berlin when World Battle I broke out. The 1940 Winter Video games have been scheduled for — dangerous timing once more — Sapporo, Japan. When that clearly wasn’t going to work, they have been rescheduled … for Germany. Evidently, these Video games, and the Summer time Video games, which have been in some way scheduled for Tokyo, didn’t occur. The Winter and Summer time Video games in Italy and Britain in 1944 by no means occurred both.

Sure, the relay bought underway in Fukushima, Japan, on March 25. Spectators have been allowed to attend solely of their house areas, and cheering was forbidden alongside the routes. Some torchbearers, together with some celebrities, pulled out of the occasion. And the working of the torch by means of Tokyo has been changed with a collection of ceremonies closed to the general public.

Tokyo is 13 hours forward of Jap time (you’ll be able to verify your time zone right here). Meaning many large occasions can be at awkward instances for People: The opening ceremony begins at 8 p.m. Japan time, 7 a.m. in New York (and 4 a.m. in Los Angeles). Massive monitor and gymnastics occasions will fall round breakfast for a lot of American viewers. However the swimming schedules are flipped: The finals can be within the morning Japan time, and prime time in the USA.

Right here’s a information to the key occasions of the Video games and what instances they’ll be occurring. You may as well discover the official schedule of each competitors on the Tokyo Olympics web site.

The Summer time and Winter Olympics alternate each two years. Due to the delay within the 2020 Summer time Video games, the 2022 Winter Video games will observe the Tokyo Olympics by solely six months. The Summer time Video games will return in 2024.

The custom of the Olympics being held each 4 years was borrowed from the traditional Olympics in Greece, which began in 776 B.C. and continued quadrennially till A.D. 394.

Beijing will host the Winter Video games in 2022, turning into the primary metropolis to host the Summer time and Winter Video games. (The Summer time Video games have been there in 2008.)

The Summer time Video games can be in Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028. The 2026 Winter Video games can be in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. The host metropolis for the 2030 Winter Video games can be chosen in 2023.

As soon as earlier than, in 1964. Japan additionally hosted the Winter Video games in Sapporo in 1972 and Nagano in 1998.

Two vital Olympics officers have left their posts after making sexist remarks. In February, the president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee, Yoshiro Mori, resigned after saying that ladies discuss an excessive amount of in conferences. The Olympics inventive director, Hiroshi Sasaki, give up in March after calling a well-liked comic and plus-size clothier, Naomi Watanabe, “Olympig.”

Miraitowa is the mascot of the Video games, and Someity is the Paralympics mascot. The title Miraitowa is drawn from the Japanese phrases for “future” and “eternity.” Someity’s title is taken from a sort of cherry tree. You’ll have to evaluate for your self what animals or creatures they resemble.

Baseball and softball return after a 13-year absence. The brand new sports activities are karate, browsing, sport climbing and skateboarding.

Some new occasions have been added to conventional sports activities, too, together with three-on-three basketball and Madison biking, a two-person crew occasion. A number of sports activities can be including relays or different competitions for combined gender groups, together with monitor, swimming, triathlon, archery and desk tennis.

In all, these Video games will function almost three dozen sports activities. Right here’s a information to all of them.

An occasion through which athletes climb varied forms of partitions. The disciplines are velocity, bouldering and lead.

Sure, within the ocean off Shidashita Seaside, about 40 miles from Tokyo. The waves can be considerably smaller than a number of the most well-known waves in locations like Tahiti, Hawaii and Australia. Surfers will have the ability to exhibit acrobatics and abilities greater than they might on bigger waves.

Whereas wrestling was at one level dropped from the 2020 Video games, it was ultimately reinstated, so no sports activities can be lacking. A handful of males’s occasions in varied sports activities have been dropped in favor of girls’s occasions to convey the Video games nearer to general gender parity.

The Worldwide Olympic Committee chooses which sports activities to incorporate within the Video games. The committee seems to be for sports activities with worldwide recognition and tries to present totally different areas just a few sports activities every that they will reach. Gender fairness has additionally been a major concern of the committee for a number of a long time, with sports activities like boxing and wrestling including girls’s competitors this century.

Sure and no. After proof emerged of state-sponsored doping on the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Russia was banned from worldwide sport for 4 years in December 2019, though that ban was later minimize in half.

Just like their inclusion on the 2018 Olympics, some Russian athletes with no doping background can be allowed to compete on the Tokyo Olympics, however they won’t formally characterize their nation. They are going to be listed as a substitute as representing the “Russian Olympic Committee.” The Russian anthem won’t be performed, and the Russian flag won’t be displayed.

Each particular person and crew athletes from Russia might compete, in the event that they meet the factors; Russia has certified a crew in girls’s water polo, for instance.

No. It should skip the Video games “to guard our athletes from the worldwide well being disaster attributable to the malicious virus an infection,” mentioned a government-run web site.

North Korea has participated in each Summer time Video games since 1972 apart from 1984 in Los Angeles, when it joined a Soviet boycott, and 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. North Korean athletes have gained 16 gold medals.

There isn’t any prize cash from the Worldwide Olympic Committee for winners. However many nationwide federations give funds to athletes for successful medals. In 2018, for instance, the USA Olympic Committee awarded athletes $37,500 for successful a gold medal, $22,500 for silver and $15,000 for bronze.

In 1896, when a Frenchman, Pierre de Coubertin, started a revival of the traditional Greek Video games. The primary Olympics, held in Athens, included solely male opponents, contesting 9 sports activities.

The 5 rings, of blue, yellow, black, inexperienced and pink, date to 1912 and have been designed by de Coubertin. The colours have been chosen so that each flag on the planet would have a minimum of one matching shade.

The explanation there are 5 rings is murky: They could characterize the 5 populated continents, or the 5 Olympic Video games that had been staged on the time they have been designed. There isn’t any explicit that means for any particular person ring.

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