The last edition of the Olympic Games is finally here, after 12 months due to the global pandemic.
The coronavirus has done its best to prevent the biggest sporting event on the planet from taking place, but Tokyo, Japan is ready to welcome the world for 18 days of wall-to-wall action, starting Wednesday July 21 and ending ending Sunday, August 8.
Fears remain about the safety of the Games, as Monday saw the first contestants testing positive for COVID-19 in the Athletes’ Village – two South African footballers.
The GB team got scared last week when six athletes and two staff were forced to self-isolate after being identified as close contact with another passenger, who tested positive, on their flight from entry into Japan.
They have now returned to training and hope to help replicate the team’s second place finish four years ago.
Nicola Adams, Mo Farah and Max Whitlock each won one of Team GB’s 27 gold medals in Rio, Brazil in 2016, just less than the United States’ 46.
Competing in a variety of sports, there really is something for everyone at the games.
There are a number of returning sports, which are as follows – the number of events is in brackets:
- Artistic swimming (2)
- Diving (8)
- Swimming marathon (2)
- Swimming (35)
- Water polo (2)
- Baseball (1)
- Softball (1)
- Basketball (2)
- Basket 3×3 (2)
- BMX freestyle (2)
- BMX Racing (2)
- MTB (2)
- Road cycling (4)
- Track Cycling (12)
- Dressage (2)
- Full competition (2)
- Jump (2)
- Artistic (14)
- Rhythmic (2)
- Trampoline (2)
- Volleyball (2)
- Beach volleyball (2)
- Free Style (12)
- Greek Roman (6)
- Archery (5)
- Athletics (48)
- Badminton (5)
- Boxing (13)
Field Hockey (2)
Modern Pentathlon (2)
Rugby Sevens (2)
Sport climbing (2)
Table tennis (5)
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In 2015, the Tokyo organizing committee chose to introduce karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing, as well as the return of baseball and softball.
After confirming the additions, President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach said in a statement: “We want to bring sport to young people. With the many options available to young people, we can no longer expect them to come. automatically to us.
“We have to reach out to them.… Taken together, the five sports are an innovative combination of established and emerging youth-focused events that are popular in Japan and that will add to the legacy of the Tokyo Games.”
At each Olympiad, additional sports can be added to the base set.
At Rio 2016, golf and rugby returned to the program.
For Paris 2024, breakdancing, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing will be included.
There are six new events in the original sports to participate in, namely:
- Boxing – female featherweight, female welterweight
- Canoe slalom – C1 women
- Canoe sprint – C1 200m women, C2 500m women
- Cycling – madison women, BMX freestyle park
- Rowing – Women’s Coxless Four
- Swimming – Men’s 800m Freestyle, Women’s 1,500m Freestyle
Nine mixed events will also be introduced, namely:
- Archery – mixed team
- Athletics – mixed 4x400m
- Judo – mixed team
- Shooting – 10m mixed air rifle, 10m mixed air pistol, mixed trap
- Swimming – Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay
- Table tennis – mixed doubles
- Triathlon – mixed relay