Tokyo Olympics 2020: 15 Exciting Facts You Need to Know

After a tumultuous 2020 due to the pandemic, the postponed Tokyo Olympics are now officially underway. While we won’t be able to watch the Games in person, there are still ways to enjoy the Olympics regardless of whether you are here in Tokyo or elsewhere. Japan has had a long history with the Olympics; the country even hosted several Summer and Winter Games prior to this year’s events. As a recap, here's a list of Olympic trivia to help you get into the sporting spirit.

Tokyo Olympics Past

Throughout Japanese history, Tokyo has hosted many Olympic Games, including the first Summer Games in 1896 and the first Winter Games in 1924. The most recent Olympic Games that were hosted by Japan was in 1964. Tokyo will be hosting the Summer Olympic Games for the second time in the modern era. The first time was in 1964 when Japan hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The year 1964 remains as the year the modern Olympic Games were established. The city hosted the Games again in 1972. However, both Games were plagued with controversy. The country was gripped by an unprecedented outbreak of a deadly flu pandemic. Over the course of 16 months, over 30,000 people died from the virus. The entire Olympic Organizing Committee was suspended following the outbreak.


The Reason Why Tokyo Was Chosen

In the end, it came down to two cities for the right to host the 2020 Olympics: Tokyo and Madrid. When Paris and Los Angeles were considered for the previous two Olympics, the IOC was wary of putting the world’s biggest events in countries where it was a rare event. There were fears of “damage to the brand,” but after the success of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, the vote for the Tokyo 2020 Games went smoothly. Of course, there are already a few great reasons to be excited about the Olympics, including the exciting competition from a host of world-class athletes from every corner of the globe. Still, there are some less glamorous facts to know about the 2020 Olympics. 1.


What The 2020 Olympics Look Like

Tokyo will be hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics, and it is expected to be a spectacle. Some countries are pulling out of the upcoming games due to the threat of the Ebola virus that has been wreaking havoc in west Africa, but the Games will go on for now. This is also the first time that the Olympics will be held in Asia and the first time that Asia will host the Olympics. The National Olympic Committee of Japan submitted a detailed plan for the 2020 Olympics in October of 2015. The image below is the JOC's vision of Tokyo's Olympic plan. Shooting Targets at Tokyo 2020 Olympics The 2020 Olympics are set to take place in July, the same month that is expected to be scorching. The temperature is predicted to be as high as 95 degrees Fahrenheit and 100 degrees in the Olympic Park.


How to Watch the 2020 Olympics

What to know about the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo: 15 facts you need to know — LADbible (@ladbible) September 7, 2018 Like the 2014 and 2016 Games before them, the 2020 Olympics will be broadcast on many different channels in Japan. The three main free channels that will be airing the Olympics are NHK, J Sports and Sun TV. A number of specialty channels and paid channels will also be covering the 2020 Games. Where to watch the 2020 Olympics in the United States While not as widely available as in Japan, the 2020 Olympics will still be available in the United States thanks to NBC. The network has broadcast the Olympics since 1964 and is the first and only U.S.


The Exciting Facts You Need To Know About 2020

1. 3.6 Billion Olympic Games Tickets have already been sold. All 3.6 billion tickets to be exact, a number which includes some 5.2 billion tickets to be held exclusively for the athletes themselves, as well as 1.4 billion tickets to be given to the media. 2. The IOC's (International Olympic Committee) largest marketing investment to date will be in Japan. With $7 billion budgeted for the Games, the nation was the largest market for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This figure does not take into account the projected $4.1 billion spent in other categories like transportation and hospitality for the Olympics. 3. It took 10 years for the Japanese government to agree on the venue for the 2020 games. 4.


What You Should Have Known About The Zika Virus

1. Zika isn’t actually a virus, but a type of virus called an arbovirus. (Think of it as an arthropod or caterpillar virus.) So, technically speaking, it doesn’t exist. 2. So, what is Zika really? A type of arbovirus that’s transmitted by mosquitoes. 3. Zika can affect the foetus and cause severe birth defects. 4. So far, more than 4,400 cases of the virus have been reported in Japan. A total of 150 cases of birth defects were confirmed in newborns that were born with Zika-linked defects. 5. It’s the first confirmed instance of Zika in pregnant women in Japan, but it's not the first time the virus has caused birth defects. In 2014, a 14-year-old girl with Zika-linked birth defects was born in the southern island of Kyushu. 6.



With less than one year left until the beginning of the Tokyo Olympics, there's still plenty of time to enjoy what's in store. With a bevy of events and activities for everyone to enjoy, the Olympics and Paralympics provide a rich opportunity for sports fans to engage with a wide variety of sports and enjoy unforgettable spectacles. In addition to watching the events on television, viewers are also more than welcome to attend the events in person, as the 2020 Summer Games will be streamed live online. The 2020 Games are shaping up to be an excellent opportunity for Tokyo, the nation of Japan and the entire world to engage in sporting events.


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