Athletes from over 200 nations around the world will converge on Tokyo for one of the most special Olympic Games in recent history.
The 2021 Olympics, delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will finally take place from July 23 to August 8 in Tokyo, even as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc not only in the world of sport , but in the world in general. . Indeed, the 2021 Olympics – including the opening and closing ceremonies – will take place without spectators amid the growing number of coronaviruses in Japan.
Nonetheless, look for athletes to take advantage of the world stage as they aim to represent not only themselves but their countries as well.
With that, here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 Games, held in Tokyo:
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Where are the Olympic Games in 2021?
The 2021 Olympics are being held in Tokyo, a decision that was taken in 2013 at the 125th session of the International Olympic Commission. This is the second time in Tokyo’s history that it will host the Olympic Games. This is the fourth time that Japan has hosted the event, and the first since the 1998 Winter Games.
Below is an overview of previous times Japan has hosted the Olympics:
|Host city||Year||Summer Winter|
Tokyo Olympic Games Venues
There are 42 Olympic venues spread across Japan. Here is a complete list, as well as the sports that will take place there.
|Olympic Stadium||Opening / Closing Ceremonies, Athletics, Football|
|Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium||Table tennis|
|Yoyogi National Stadium||Handball|
|Japanese Budokan||Judo, Karate|
|Tokyo International Forum||Bodybuilding|
|Musashino Forest Sports Square||Badminton, Pentathlon|
|Tokyo stadium||Football, Pentathlon, Rugby|
|Ariake Arena||Indoor volleyball|
|Ariake Gymnastics Center||Gymnastic|
|Ariake Urban Sports Park||Cycling, BMX Racing / Freestyle, Skateboard|
|Ariake tennis park||Tennis|
|Odaiba Marine Park||Marathon Swimming, Triathlon|
|Shiokaze Park||Beach volleyball|
|Aomi Urban Sports Park||3-on-3 basketball, Sport climbing|
|Oi Hockey Stadium||Field hockey|
|Sea Forest cross-country ski course||Horse Riding – Eventing, Cross Country|
|Maritime forest waterway||Sprint Canoe, Rowing|
|Kasai canoe-slalom center||Canoe Slalom|
|Yumenoshima Park Archery Field||Archery|
|Tokyo Aquatic Center||Swimming, Artistic Swimming, Diving|
|Tatsumi Water Polo Center||Water polo|
|Asaka shooting range||Filming|
|Musashinonomori Park||Cycle route|
|Sapporo Odori Park||Marathon, Running|
|Makuhari Messe Hall||Fencing, Taekwondo, Wrestling|
|Tsurigasaki Surf Beach||Surfing|
|Super Saitama Arena||Basketball|
|Kasumigaseki Country Club||Golf|
|Izu velodrome and mountain bike route||Cycle path, mountain biking|
|Fuji International Racing Circuit||Cycle route|
|Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium||Baseball, softball|
|Yokohama Baseball Stadium||Baseball, softball|
|Ibaraki Kashima Stadium||Football|
|Yokohama International Stadium||Football|
Are fans allowed at the Olympics?
Fans will not be allowed to attend the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo after the IOC declared on July 8 that the 2021 Games will take place without the fans being present. 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. The state of emergency will last until August 22, two weeks after the end of the Olympics.
Non-Japanese spectators had previously been banned from attending the Games amid growing fears that their presence would present significant challenges in limiting the spread of the coronavirus. Yoshihide’s declared state of emergency, issued amid the growing number of COVID-19 in Japan, has also removed local residents from consideration. It is still possible that events held outside Tokyo – such as walking and marathons, which have been moved to Sapporo – could still include the attendance of fans, at the discretion of local authorities.
“It is unfortunate that we are hosting the Games in a very limited format, in the face of the spread of coronavirus infections,” Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto said in a statement announcing the IOC’s decision. “I’m sorry for those who bought tickets.”
“(The athletes) wanted a lot of people to watch their performances, but a large part of the Japanese public was concerned about the COVID-19 situation, even with the solid countermeasures, due to the flow of people and various concerns. .
“Anxiety is expressed and a lot of people oppose it. Everyone has the right to have different thoughts, but by overcoming these differences, athletes will do their best.”
Despite growing fears of an increase in COVID-19 cases, athletes do not need to be vaccinated to compete in the Games. They will, however, undergo daily testing to ensure their health and safety, as well as that of coaches and other essential personnel.
What is the time difference in Tokyo?
Tokyo, which operates from Japan Standard Time, is 13 hours ahead of the Eastern United States time zone and 16 hours ahead of the Pacific time zone. This means that there will be significant delays between the unfolding of events as they occur and the broadcast of these events by NBC.
How much did the Olympic Games cost?
A study from the University of Oxford (England) estimates that the Tokyo 2021 Olympics are the most expensive in history, at more than $ 15 billion. This includes just $ 1.4 billion for the Tokyo Olympic Stadium, which will serve as the site for Olympic ceremonies, as well as all athletics and football events.
Japan estimated in 2013 – while actively bidding for host privileges for the 2020 Olympics – that it would cost $ 7.6 billion to host the Games. That estimate climbed to $ 12.6 billion in 2020, before it was postponed. The extra year resulted in additional costs of $ 2.8 billion, for an estimated total of $ 15.4 billion.
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Olympic Village conditions
Tokyo Olympic Village – comprising 108 acres, 21 residential buildings and 3,800 condos – was established in the Harumi waterfront district of Tokyo, about three and a half miles from the Olympic Stadium. It includes fitness and recreation centers, a doping control station and a polyclinic.
Around 18,000 athletes and officials are expected to stay there during the Games, the former being instructed to arrive no earlier than five days before the start of their competition and not to stay more than two days after the end of their competition.
The Olympic Village has a historic reputation for intimacy between athletes, not only from the same country, but also from neighboring nations. This did not appear to be the case for the 2021 Games after IOC officials installed beds with cardboard frames designed to hold only 440 pounds at a time.
The beds that will be installed in the Olympic Village in Tokyo will be made of cardboard, this is to avoid privacy between the athletes
The beds will be able to support the weight of a single person to avoid situations outside of sport.
I don’t see any problem for long-distance runners, even 4 of us can do it pic.twitter.com/J45wlxgtSo
– Paul Chelimo🇺🇸🥈🥉 (@Paulchelimo) July 17, 2021
This myth seems to have been debunked, however, after Irish Olympian Rhys McClenaghan, pommel horse, posted a video of himself jumping on the bed – suggesting they are able to withstand heavy activity, ahem ,.
That said, Japan Today reports that IOC officials distributed 160,000 condoms ahead of the 2021 Games, urging athletes to use them upon their return to their respective home countries.