The Olympics is a worldwide multi-sport event normally held once every four years. The Games were first held in 1896 in Athens, Greece. Next is scheduled to be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
It was a long wait to get to this Olympics. So no wonder the anticipation is growing ahead. More than 11,000 athletes from over 200 nations will take part in the Games. 339 events, 33 sports, 50 disciplines will be taking place in this event.
With just a few days to go to the Opening Ceremony, here are the top things you shouldn’t miss about the next Olympics. Many surprises await for you to discover, so come along as we reveal them to you.
Behind The Scenes
Getting ready for one of the most important multi-sport events in the world isn’t easy, as you may imagine. There’s a lot of logistical and operational capabilities going behind the scenes, we can’t even imagine. After all, everything needs to proceed smoothly. There are still 15 test events to be run by the Olympic and Paralympic Games team in order to satisfy the “Ready, steady, Tokyo” banner.
Draws for some team sports have been already made, while others are going to occur between now and the Games. The basketball, handball, hockey, volleyball, and water polo teams already know who they will face. Though the beach volleyball, football, and rugby teams have yet to find out their opponents.
Lighting The Torch
Where will the Torch Relay be lighted? The torch was meant to be lighted in Fukushima on 25 March 2021, but since the pandemic COVID-19 and after a year delay, it will start in Tokyo Prefecture on 23 July 2021. It is planned to visit 47 Japanese prefectures. And it’s meant to last the 15 days journey.
The next Olympics will feature five new sports.
Surfing will debut in this magnificent event. If you’re looking to cheer up the best teams, it is believed the top pro surfers will be coming mainly from Australia, the USA, and Brazil.
Another unexpected sport coming to the Tokyo Olympics is skateboarding. The street skateboarding athletes will be judged for their originality, execution, and the number of tricks they perform on a straight street-style course complete with stairs, handrails, benches, and walls. While the park street skateboard athletes will be judged on a hollowed-out course featuring a series of curves and deep bowls.
Sport climbing made it through the new sports list for the Tokyo Olympics. It will be a combined competition for men and women. They will be judged for speed, bouldering, and lead.
Karate is the fourth new sport in the Tokyo Olympics. There will be six Kumite events in Tokyo, three for each gender in different weight divisions, and two Kata competitions, one per gender.
Baseball and Softball are the fifth new sport the Tokyo Olympics are incorporating for the first time to the Games. If you’re wondering which team to watch, don’t miss the Japanese team, for they are so far the favorites in both.