On your marks, get set, go! Oh wait, not exactly. The 2020 Summer Olympic Games were to be held in Tokyo Japan starting in July 2020. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the world, it became clear it could be very risky for athletes, coaches, event staff, and spectators to participate in the Olympic festivities. Athletes who had timed their training schedule to be in peak condition in late July, were left wondering how the schedule would shift. On March 24, 2020 it was announced the Summer Olympics would be postponed until July 2021.
The 2021 Summer Games will be held from Friday July 23 through Sunday August 8, 2021. While they will be held in the 2021 calendar year, they will still be known as the 2020 Olympic Games. This distinction is something that is sure to come up in rounds of sports trivia in the near future. Study up trivia nerds!
While the International Olympic Committee (IOC) did everything they could, they eventually had to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in an effort to keep everyone as safe as possible. This marked the first time the Olympics were postponed, although they had been cancelled three times due to world wars, in 1916 (WWI), 1940 and 1944 (WWII).
Katie Ledecky touched the wall first after swimming her 30 laps in a time of 15 minutes and 37 seconds.
Bermuda, with a population of 63,000, carved out a place in history when Flora Duffy crossed the finish line first in the women's triathalon in the 2020 Summer Games.
Canada defeated the US women's soccer team by a score of 1-0.
Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy declined a jump off and mutally agreed to share the gold medal after they both jumped 2.37 meters and both failed on all three attempts of their next jump at 2.39 meters.
Jamaica made it a clean sweep when Elaine Thompson-Herah, took gold, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took silver, and Sherika Jackson took bronze, bringing pride to the green and yellow of Jamaica.
The IOC which was created on June 23, 1894, is the governing body for the Olympic Games. It’s a non-profit organization with the mission to build a better world through sport.
No, while athletes will be encouraged to get the Coronavirus vaccination, officials are not making it mandatory. Facemasks will be required when indoors with the exception of when eating and sleeping. Athletes will be subject to safety precautions including temperature checks and regular COVID-19 testing. Over $900 million will be spent on measures to related to the pandemic.
There has been a lot of speculation if fans will be allowed to attend the Olympic events. While the IOC has not made a commitment, it’s speculated that fans will be allowed in some fashion, likely at partial capacity at the various venues.
Based on the $2.8 billion in revenue brought in from the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, the broadcast revenue from the 2021 Games in Tokyo is expected to eclipse the $3 billion dollar threshold. Because the pandemic will still be in effect and many people will still be practicing safer at home measures, a large television audience is expected. And large TV audiences boost profits for broadcasters. Kaching $$!
The 2021 games in Tokyo will be the fourth time the Olympics have been held in Japan. Tokyo was the host city for the 1964 Summer Olympics. Then the city of Sapporo hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972, and then in 1998 Nagano hosted the Winter games.
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