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What to expect at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020

Olympic Games in 2021

 

What can we expect for this Olympic Games edition?


With the Opening Ceremony about to take place on July 23, 2021, here's what you need to know about Tokyo 2020 as Japan prepares to welcome the world's best athletes for 17 days of competition.


The Tokyo 2020 Olympic games, to be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021, will award medals in 339 events, across 33 sports, spanning 46 disciplines.
 

After being postponed for one year, to 2021, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 Summer Olympics will be the second time the Japanese capital will host the Olympics, having hosted the event in 1964.

Olympic games

 

What's happening this week in Japan?


Athletes have been selected and teams are arriving in the country as they prepare to take part in the 33 sports at these Olympic Games, including artistic gymnastics, athletics, swimming, basketball and more.


While the Opening Ceremony will mark the official start of the OLYMPIC GAMES on July 23, 2021, the action will begin two days earlier on July 21 with the softball match between Australia and Japan (09:00 JST, in Fukushima), and the clash between the Great Britain and Chile teams in women's soccer at the Sapporo Dome (16:30 JST).
 

Where to find the Tokyo 2020 schedule?


During the Games, you can find complete information on the schedule, results, the list of all athletes competing, and learn more about the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participating in Tokyo 2020.


Even though Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps have retired, there are several athletes who will compete in the olympic games with the potential to make history. Here are some of them and what they hope to achieve:

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  2. Simone Biles (United States) - Artistic Gymnastics: The world's top gymnast claimed four gold medals and a bronze medal at Rio 2016, and is aiming to become the first woman to win back-to-back titles in the all-around since Vera Caslavska did it in 1968.
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  4. Teddy Riner (France) – Judo: The ten-time world champion will face the men's +100 kg judo competition as the two-time defending champion (2012 and 2016). Undefeated for the better part of a decade, with 154 consecutive victories through February 2020, the French judoka has his sights set on a third Olympic heavyweight title, something no one has been able to achieve before.
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  6. Katie Ledecky (USA) – Swimming: It would be a huge surprise if Katie Ledecky did not expand her tally of six Olympic medals in her third Olympic Games. The 24-year-old swimmer is expected to compete in as many as six events, including the women's 1,500m, which is appearing for the first time at the Olympics.
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  8. Ledecky is virtually unbeatable in the event and holds the world record, among others.
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  10. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) – Athletics: The second fastest woman in history, behind only the late Florence Griffith-Joyner, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the athlete to beat in the 100meters. In a competition without star Sha'Carri Richardson (USA), the 2008-and-2012-100-meters champion could become the first woman with three Olympic titles at the distance.
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  12. Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) – Athletics: In 2019, Eliud Kipchoge became the first man to run a marathon in under two hours. In Tokyo, he will seek to defend his title. If he succeeds, he will be the third person in history to win the Olympic marathon twice, after Abebe Bikila (1960 and 1964) of Ethiopia and
  13. Waldemar Cierpinski (1976 and 1980) of East Germany.
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  15. A Caeleb Dressel (United States) – Swimming: Caeleb Dressel, the first man to swim the 40-yard freestyle under 40 seconds, has not broken Olympic-related records (his two gold medals at Rio 2016 were in the 4x100 meters freestyle and 4x100 meters freestyle), but he has done so in every other way.
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  17. He currently owns the world records in the 50 meters freestyle, 100 meters freestyle (short pool), and 100 meters butterfly (long and short). Considering his pre-Tokyo phase, he hopes to break records there as well.
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  19. Another swimmer who could break the world record is Briteain's Adam Peaty. Considered the best breaststroke specialist of all time, Peaty has set the top five 100 meters breaststroke marks in history and is favored not only to defend his Olympic title, but also to break the world record.
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  21. Allyson Felix (United States) – Athletics: Allyson Felix returns for her fifth (and final) Olympic Games. The American sprinter has six Olympic golds and three silvers, making her the most decorated female athlete in history. If she wins one more, she will equal Carl Lewis' record for an American athlete.
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  23. UCHIMURA Kohei (Japan) - Artistic Gymnastics: Three-time Olympic champion UCHIMURA Kohei will compete in his fourth Olympic Games. Known as 'King Kohei' after becoming the first male gymnast to retain the all-around competition title in 44 years, the Japanese will not defend the scepters on home soil.
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  25. Instead, he is aiming for his first Olympic gold in a single event: the fixed bar. Laura and Jason Kenny (Great Britain) - Track cycling: Track cycling power couple. Laura and Jason Kenny break records. Jason equaled Chris Hoy's British record of six olympic games titles, at Rio 2016; while Laura won her fourth gold medal. In Tokyo, husband and wife are capable of numerous victories.
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  27. Yulimar Rojas (Venezuela) – Athletics: Two-time triple jump world champion Yulimar Rojas not only wants to improve on her second-place finish at Rio 2016. The Venezuelan is also going for the world record.
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  29. This year she has flown to 15.43 meters, her personal best, and is only seven centimeters away from being the best of all time. And in fact, with this mark she could have won gold in any edition of the Games.
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  31. Argentina, Honduras, Spain, Mexico and Chile – Soccer: It is the "king sport" in these countries for a reason, and they want to prove it on the Olympic soccer fields, where each team will write its own history.
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  33. While Argentina (2004 and 2008), Mexico (2012) and Spain (1992) will be looking to regain glory in men's soccer, Honduras' representation could give the country its first Olympic medal in history. In the women's competition, even before qualifying, Chile has achieved unprecedented feats, such as its performance in the last World Cup. Now, for the first time, it will be in the Olympic Games.
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  35. Mijaín López (Cuba) - Greco-Roman Wrestling: Mijain López is on the verge of making history. In Tokyo 2020, the Cuban will seek to become the first male wrestler to win four Olympic gold medals.
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  37. Since his debut in Athens 2004, he has reached the top of the podium three times (Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016). With another gold medal, he would surpass Russia's Aleksandr Karelin, who, between Seoul 1988 and Sydney 2000, won three gold medals and one silver.


All of them have won the most important tournaments in their respective sports, and now they are facing the unique opportunity to make history and shine at the Olympic Games. In each sport, the athletes would not get where they have without their instruments.


These prized items, which they cannot do without during competitions, range from lucky underwear to surfboards (other equipment is also essential in other sports).


As if that were not enough, they can also carry their own names. The best example are the most specialized partners in the Olympic Games: the horses of the equestrian disciplines.


Among those ready to compete in the Equestrian Park are Blue Movie (ridden by Rowan Willis, from Australia), Funky Fred (Marcus Ehning, from Germany), Hot Chocolat (Isabelle Pinton, France), and Pavarotti (Jessica Phoenix, Canada).


New sports in Tokyo Olympic Games 2020

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  2. Skateboarding: It will be held in two modalities: street and park (both branches).
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  4. Surfing: Surfing's Olympic debut will bring together world champions, World Surf League (WSL) veterans and rookies ready to make their mark on the sport. The main contenders come from Australia and the United States, but Brazil should be closely watched. Brazil will not be the only Latin American contingent, with 13 more nations from the continent experiencing the sport's debut.
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  6. Sport Climbing: By branch, 20 athletes will take part in each of the three disciplines: speed, bouldering and difficulty. The only Spanish-speaking athlete making his debut in this sport will be Spain's Alberto Ginés.
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  8. Karate: The Nippon Budokan, the spiritual home of traditional Japanese martial arts, will host the first Olympic karate competition in 2021.There are six kumite events, three per branch, in different weight categories: -67 kg, -75 kg, +75 kg (men), -55 kg, -61 kg, and +61 kg (women). In addition, there are two kata events, one per branch.
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  10. And Spain has great options to get a medal, with representatives such as the world number one, Sandra Sanchez, and Damian Quintero.
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  12. Baseball/softball: Baseball and softball return to the Olympic Games after 13 years (Beijing 2008). In baseball, the Mexican and Dominican Republic teams will participate, while in softball, Mexico will be the only Spanish-speaking representative.


Where will the athletes compete in Tokyo 2020 in 2021?

 

The new Tokyo Olympic Stadium will be the focal point of the Games and will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, track and field events, and several soccer matches.


While Tokyo is the center, there will be a number of events held at outlying venues. See the competition venues here.


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