The 2020 Summer Olympic Games are set to take place on the 24 July-9 August 2020 in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. The 2020 Paralympic Games will also be held in Tokyo from August 25 to September 6, 2020. Let’s take a closer look at the huge organization of the Olympics, featuring 33 different sports, and the many other surprises in store.
Tokyo will be hosting the Olympics for the second time, having impressed the world with developments made back in 1964. The Olympics were first transmitted via satellite to the world in 1964, using technological measurement tools that could separate competitors from each other by up to one percent of a second. They didn’t stop at innovation, Tokyo was also awarded the Pritzker Architecture Award for its special sports hall designed for the Olympics, which blends both Japanese architectures with Western architecture.
Preparations for the Olympic Games, which will take place in Tokyo again this year, are in full swing. The infrastructure work for this giant organization, which will begin with the opening ceremony on July 24, 2020, is largely complete. Renovations to the Olympic Stadium, where the Olympics in 1964 also took place, have also finished.
According to the announced schedule, the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games will be held on 24 July and the closing ceremony on 9 August. The first women's volleyball event will be held in Fukushima province on July 22, two days before the opening Olympics ceremony. Many events from swimming to judo will begin on July 25th. On Sunday, August 2nd, the finals of the 26 events will be held. On 8 August, the final competitions of 30 different sports will take place.
Technology companies are turning the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games into an opportunity. The result being robots! There could not be a better opportunity to demonstrate Japan's robot technology! Robots are known to be tasked with guiding people to their seats, providing event information, and carrying food and other items.
Apart from robots, Tokyo will also have an impressive technological event in this Olympics. Facial recognition technology will be actively used for the first time at the Olympics. The faces of approximately 400 thousand people will be scanned. The facial recognition method aims to allow rapid entry and exit and ensure security for athletes, officials and members of the press who frequent the Olympic areas.
The Olympic Games, which will take place in Tokyo in 2020, will display many technological features, but also make an example of sustainability. The 5,000 medals to be handed out at the Olympics were made from recycled electronic products such as old phones. Japanese engineers managed to recycle more than 78 tons of electronic products, extracting 32 kilograms of gold, 3,500 kilograms of silver and 2,200 kilograms of bronze from the products. On one side of the medals is a relief of Nike, The Goddess of victory, drawn by the Italian artist Gossoioli in 1928, holding a wreath of victory, and on the other is the emblem of Japan, the organizers of this year’s Olympics.
Tokyo has announced that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be “carbon-free” for 4 days. Approximately 720 thousand tons of carbon will be cut thanks to the carbon credits that will be used during the open and closing ceremony days of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The mascots of the Olympic and Paralympic Games were determined by voting of primary school students. The Olympic Games mascot was named “Miraitowa”, a combination of the Japanese word’s future and Infinity, while the Paralympic Games mascot was named “Someity”, which means Someiyoshino, a common cherry blossom in the country. In many views, these mascots reflect the combination of tradition and innovation. Miraitowa and Someiyoshino's many babies are already ready.
The Olympics is a great reason to visit Tokyo, one of the most interesting cities in the world. There’s so much to explore with you are not watching the Olympics. Discover temples like Meiji and watch Sumo wrestling in Kaneiji and eat delicious ramen and sushi. Find out more about the interesting things to explore in the city, in our Tokyo city guide.