The Rio Olympics just got over and although the fever still lingers on, people are already excited about the next edition of the games, and if you thought Rio Olympics was big then Tokyo is going to be even bigger and better.
Fifty six years after having organized the Olympic Games, the Japanese capital city of Tokyo will be hosting the 2020 Olympics. The event is expected to take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020. The last time Tokyo held the Summer games was in 1964 and the country has radically transformed since then. Japan has been an Olympic land since the Summer Games of 1964, which were the first games to be held in Asia. Japan has also hosted the Winter Games of 1972 in Sapporo and the Nagano games of 1998.
What’s the plan?
According to the organisers of the event, the XXXII Olympiad of the modern era will be “the most innovative ever organized, and will rest on three fundamental principles to transform the world: striving for your personal best which means achieving your personal best; accepting one another which means unity in diversity; and passing on a legacy for the future which means connecting to tomorrow.”
The Tokyo Games will use as many existing competition venues as possible, namely those built for the Games in 1964, such as the prestigious Nippon Budokkan for judo, the Baji Koen Park for equestrian events, and the Yoyogi National Gymnasium for handball. The Tokyo National Stadium, where the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and athletics competitions are to be staged, will be completely revamped with a new arena.
What to expect?
According to CNN, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics could be the most futuristic games we’ve ever seen. Did you see the Japanese Prime Minister when he took the baton from Rio? Shinzo Abe was dressed up as the iconic video game character Super Mario. Now that already sets the tone for what lies in store. We can expect man-made meteorite showers, robot villages and robot taxis in Japan. Japan is known internationally for its technological innovations, so the organisers of Tokyo 2020 are aiming to launch several ambitious tech projects that will boost the economy and wow the crowds.
Robots are going to help viewers and players. They will offer visitors tips on the best transport, food and entertainment options in Tokyo.
The government is aiming to triple their spending on robotics in order to make this event look ‘robotic and futuristic’.
New games will be introduced at the Tokyo 2020 Games. The International Olympic Committee has announced the inclusion of five new sports and these include surfing and skateboarding.
As the Rio Olympics ended so did the Olympic careers of some of the finest sportsmen and women. Rio was our last chance to see sprinter Usain Bolt, swimmer Michael Phelps, cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins and heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill on the biggest sporting arena of all times.