2020 TOKYO OLYMPICS 101: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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When Do the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Start?

Due to COVID-19, the year 2020 saw many postponed activities—including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But with athletes like Allyson Felix bringing the speed, the world is ready to resume the 2020 Olympic Games.

And while there will be a lot of differences with this year’s 2020 Olympic Games, one thing will stay the same. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made the executive decision to keep the name “Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020” despite taking place in 2021—citing the desire to keep with the tradition of The Olympics taking place on years with even numbers.

Opening ceremonies begin on July 23rd with events continuing for the following two weeks until the closing ceremonies on August 8th. With only a few weeks to prepare, it’s time to brush up on who—and what—to watch as we gear up for 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games.

Where Will the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Be Held?

Following an intense bidding process, the opportunity to host the 2020 Olympic Games was awarded to Tokyo, Japan.

Though it’s been 57 years since this city last hosted The Olympics, Tokyo had eight years to renovate their original facilities to prepare for this year’s games. One such update was Tokyo’s National Stadium, which got a $1.4 billion revamp.

In an interview with CNN, the designer, Kengo Kuma, described the new stadium as “a symbol for the era,” saying that he wanted it to “capture people’s thoughts on the environment.” As such, the new design heavily features timber, sourced from all over the country, in lieu of cement and steel.

How Will Japan Keep Participants Safe?

Despite a COVID-19 climate, Japanese officials and the IOC are taking extensive precautions to keep athletes, officials, and support staff safe throughout the games. Two vaccine developers, Pfizer and BioNTech, are donating doses to help vaccinate participants and the IOC has put into place strict guidelines athletes must follow while competing—including designated arrival and departure time, submission of COVID-19 tests, and limited social interactions.

Must-See Events

The Lighting of the Torch

The Olympic torch is famously carried from continent to continent before it reaches the host country as the first official event of the 2020 Olympic Games. With the events near, the Lighting of the Torch took place on March 12th in front of the Temple of Hera in Greece.

Symbolizing purity and rebirth, the flame carried special significance to bring hope back into the world changed by COVID-19. Though it will remain in Japan for the duration of the  2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the theme, “Hope Lights Our Way,” made for a memorable motto for all those looking forward to the games.

Opening Ceremonies

Super Bowl fans step back—the biggest show of the year comes at you on July 23rd. Since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics opening ceremonies are a chance for the host country to celebrate its homeland, countries spare no expense at creating a watch-worthy event.

With safety measures in place, the ceremony will still feature the same traditions previously done—including the Parade of Nations. Since live attendance is discouraged, networks are working harder than ever to be sure viewers still feel a part of the ceremony and excitement and promise extensive coverage of the event.

Athletes Representing the USA

The USA has over 500 athletes set to journey to Japan and compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Olympic trials took place from June 4th to June 27th and started with Aquatic events and ended with Women’s gymnastics. From the roster of exceptional athletes competing this year, here are a few to keep your eye on:

Simone Biles

Women’s Gymnastics – With four gold medals behind her, Simone Biles shows no sign of slowing down. Named one of the greatest gymnasts of her time, Biles plans to compete in all four disciplines (floor, beam, vault, and bars) and will undoubtedly be one to watch in Tokyo.

Nyjah Huston

Skateboarding – Skateboarding makes its Olympic debut in 2020 and Nyjah Huston is definitely an Olympic-level athlete. Huston has 12 Summer X Games gold medals and is no stranger to tough competition.

Colin Duffy

Climbing – Colin Duffy has been climbing regularly since he was seven years old and just look where it got him! At 15 years old he is a world-class athlete who will be among the first in line as his sport makes its Olympic debut.

Haley Anderson

Swimming – Haley Anderson is no stranger to the 2020 Olympic Games. This two-time Olympian competed for the USA in 2012 (where she brought home the silver) and again in 2016. She’s also the first American to earn a medal swimming in open water and is sure to make waves in Tokyo.

2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Events

This year’s 2020 Olympic Games open the playing field for athletes in sports such as karate, sport climbing, skateboarding, and surfing as these sports make their Olympic debut. Meanwhile, softball and baseball will return after being excluded from the 2016 Olympics. In total, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will host competitions for 33 sports with multiple events in each category:

 

●       Aquatics

●       Archery

●       Athletics

●       Badminton

●       Baseball/ Softball

●       Basketball

●       Boxing

●       Canoeing

●       Cycling

●       Equestrian

●       Fencing

 

●       Football

●       Golf

●       Gymnastics

●       Handbal

●       Hockey

●       Judo

●       Karate

●       Kata

●       Kumite

●       Pentathlon

●       Rowing

 

 

●       Rugby

●       Sailing

●       Shooting

●       Skateboarding

●       Sport climbing

●       Surfing

●       Table Tennis

●       Taekwondo

●       Tennis

●       Triathlon

●       Volleyball

 

Where to Watch

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect athletes, staff, and the residents of Japan, it is strongly discouraged to travel to the games.

As a result, televised viewership will likely be high, and many people will be looking for the most reliable source to watch the games. NBC promises to provide live streams, highlights, schedules, results, and news as the games unfold.

For optimal viewing, get your DVR set. Since Tokyo is on the other side of the world, the timing might not be ideal for American viewers.

If you don’t have a DVR, catch all the events through the NBC App. However you watch, all events will be broadcasted in high-definition. To watch the games in Spanish, you can view them through the Telemundo network.

Bring in the Crowd

Make it easy for your patrons to root for their favorite athletes when you bring the 2020Olympic Games excitement to your bar or restaurant. With every NBC channel on DIRECTV for BusinessSM packages, you can host viewing parties, help extend customers’ stays, and increase purchases.

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