Athletes from more than 200 countries around the world will gather in Tokyo to participate in one of the strangest Olympic Games in recent memory.
This 2021 OlympicsIt was postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will finally be held in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8, although the epidemic continues to affect not only the sports world but the entire world. In fact, with the increasing number of coronavirus infections in Japan, the 2021 Olympic Games-including the opening and closing ceremonies-will be held without spectators.
Nevertheless, it is still necessary to find athletes who can use the world stage, because they not only represent themselves, but also represent their own country.
With this, here is everything you need to know about the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo:
Where will the 2021 Olympics be held?
The 2021 Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo, which was a decision made during the 125th IOC meeting in 2013. This is the second time in Tokyo’s history that the Olympic Games have been held. This is the fourth time Japan has hosted this event and the first time since the 1998 Winter Olympics.
The following is a summary of Japan’s previous Olympic Games:
|Host city||year||summer Winter|
Tokyo Olympic Stadium
There are 42 Olympic venues in Japan. This is a complete list and the sports that will be performed there.
|Olympic Stadium||Opening and closing ceremonies, track and field, football|
|Tokyo Metropolitan Stadium||pingpong|
|Yoyogi National Stadium||Handball|
|Nippon Budokan||Judo, Karate|
|Tokyo International Forum||weightlifting|
|Musashino Forest Sports Plaza||Badminton, Pentathlon|
|Tokyo Stadium||Football, Pentathlon, Rugby|
|Ariake Arena||Indoor volleyball|
|Ariake Gymnastics Center||gymnastics|
|Ariake City Sports Park||Bicycle, BMX racing/freestyle, skateboard|
|Ariake Tennis Park||tennis|
|Odaiba Marine Park||Marathon swimming, triathlon|
|Chaofeng Park||Beach Volleyball|
|Qinghai Urban Sports Park||Three-on-three basketball, sports rock climbing|
|Oi Hockey Stadium||hockey|
|Ocean Forest Off-Road Route||Equestrian-triathlon, cross-country|
|Hailin Channel||Canoe sprint, rowing|
|Kasai Kayak Slalom Center||Canoe slalom|
|Dream Island Park Archery Range||Archery|
|Tokyo Aquatic Center||Swimming, artistic swimming, diving|
|Tatsumi Water Polo Center||water polo|
|Asaka Shooting Range||shooting|
|Musashi no Mori Park||bicycle lane|
|Sapporo Odori Park||Marathon, race walking|
|Makuhari Messe||Fencing, taekwondo, wrestling|
|Tsuzaki Surf Beach||surf|
|Saitama Super Arena||basketball|
|Xiaguan Country Club||golf|
|Enoshima Yacht Harbor||sailboat|
|Izu Velodrome and mountain bike route||Bike path, mountain bike|
|Fuji International Circuit||bicycle lane|
|Fukushima East Baseball Stadium||Baseball, softball|
|Yokohama Baseball Stadium||Baseball, softball|
|Ibaraki Kashima Stadium||football|
|Yokohama International Stadium||football|
Are fans allowed in the Olympics?
After the International Olympic Committee announced on July 8 that the 2021 Olympics will be held without fans attending, fans will be banned from participating in the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. The decision was made after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama prefectures in the Kanto region of Japan. The state of emergency will last until August 22, two weeks after the end of the Olympic Games.
Non-Japanese audiences have been banned from participating in the Olympics because there is growing concern that their attendance will pose a major challenge to limiting the spread of the coronavirus. With the increasing number of COVID-19 infections in Japan, Jiying declared a state of emergency and also excluded local residents. According to the judgment of local authorities, events held outside of Tokyo (such as racewalks and marathons moved to Sapporo) may still include fan attendance.
“It is regrettable that in the face of the spread of coronavirus infection, we are hosting the Olympics in a very limited form,” said Seiko Hashimoto, president of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in a statement announcing the decision of the International Olympic Committee. “I’m sorry for those who bought tickets.”
“(Athletes) hope that there will be many people watching their performances, but due to the flow of people and various concerns, many Japanese people are worried about the COVID-19 situation, even with solid countermeasures.
“People expressed anxiety, and many people opposed it. Everyone has the right to have different ideas, but overcoming these differences, athletes will do their best.”
Despite increasing concerns about the increase in COVID-19 cases, athletes do not need to be vaccinated to participate in the Olympics. However, they will undergo daily tests to ensure the health and safety of them as well as coaches and other important personnel.
What is the time difference in Tokyo?
Tokyo-operating outside of Japan Standard Time-13 hours ahead of the Eastern Standard Time Zone in the United States and 16 hours ahead of the Pacific Time Zone. This means that there will be a significant delay between the operation at the time of the event and the NBC’s broadcast of the event.
How much did the Olympics cost?
A study by Oxford University (UK) estimates that the 2021 Tokyo Olympics is the most expensive in history, costing more than 15 billion U.S. dollars. This includes US$1.4 billion for the Tokyo Olympic Stadium, which will be used as the venue for Olympic ceremonies, as well as all track and football events.
Japan estimated in 2013-when it was actively fighting for the right to host the 2020 Olympics-hosting the Olympics would cost US$7.6 billion. Before the postponement, this estimate surged to $12.6 billion in 2020. The additional year adds another US$2.8 billion in costs, which is estimated to total US$15.4 billion.
Olympic Village conditions
The Tokyo Olympic Village-consisting of 108 acres, 21 residential buildings and 3,800 apartments-has been established in the Harumi Seaside area of Tokyo, about three and a half miles from the Olympic Stadium. It includes fitness and recreation centers, doping checkpoints and polyclinics.
Approximately 18,000 athletes and officials are expected to stay there during the Olympics. The former are instructed not to arrive earlier than five days before the start of the game and stay no more than two days after the game.
The Olympic Village is famous for the close relationship between athletes, not only in the same country, but also in neighboring countries. This does not seem to be the case for the 2021 Olympics, because IOC officials placed cardboard frames on the bed, which can only bear 440 pounds at a time.
The beds that will be installed in the Tokyo Olympic Village will be made of cardboard, aiming to avoid intimacy between athletes
The bed will be able to bear the weight of a person to avoid situations other than exercise.
I think there is no problem with long-distance running, all four of us can do it😂 pic.twitter.com/J45wlxgtSo
-A Chelimo🇺🇸🥈🥉 (@Paulchelimo) July 17, 2021
That myth Seems to have been debunkedHowever, after Irish pommel horse Olympiaris McLennahan posted a video of himself jumping around in bed-it showed that they can withstand major, coughing activities.
That said, Japan Today According to the report, IOC officials distributed 160,000 condoms before the 2021 Olympics and instructed athletes to use them after returning to their respective countries of origin.