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Tokyo 2020

  • Date 23 JUL - 08 AUG
  • Country JAPAN
  • Athletes 11 656
  • Countries 205
  • Events 302

Fifty-seven years after having organised the Summer Olympic games, the Japanese capital will be hosting a Summer edition for the second time, from 23 July to 8 August 2021. The Summer Olympic games in 1964 radically transformed the country. According to the organisers of the event in 2021, the Games of the XXXII Summer Olympiad of the modern era will be “the most innovative ever organised, and will rest on three fundamental principles to transform the world: striving for your personal best (achieving your personal best); accepting one another (unity in diversity); and passing on a legacy for the future (connecting to tomorrow)”.

Aligning with the reforms advocated by Olympic Agenda 2020, 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 will be staged, will be completely revamped and replaced by a new arena.

Japan has been an Olympic land since the Summer Games of 1964, which were the first to be staged in Asia. In 2021, the country will host its fourth Olympic Games, if we include the Winter Games of 1972 in Sapporo and of 1998 in Nagano.

  • Inspired by Cherry Blossoms, Tokyo 2020 Olympics Torch Unveiled | Spoon &  Tamago


    The torch takes its inspiration from the sakura cherry-blossom, a symbolic tree in Japan. It flares out at the top to form five petals from which the flame emerges and which, seen from above, recall the shape of a cherry-blossom flower. The pink colour of the torch is also a reference to the sakura, and the central upper part features the Tokyo 2020 Olympic emblem. The torch features a two-combustion mechanism that produces a high calorific blue flame and a flameless catalytic reaction. This ensures that the flame stays alight and has a reddish colour.


    Sakura and gold



    Start date:

    12 March 2020, Olympia (Greece)

    End date:

    23 July 2021, Olympic Stadium, Tokyo (Japan)

    First torchbearer:

    Anna Korakaki, Olympic participant in shooting (2016, 2020 and in the Youth Olympic Games in 2014), gold and bronze medallist in Rio 2016.

    Last torchbearer:

    Naomi Osaka, Olympic participant in tennis (2020).

    Number of torchbearers:

    10,515 in Greece and Japan Recruitment of torchbearers: Applicants could be of any nationality but had to have been born before 2 April 2008 and have a specific connection to the location in which they wanted to carry the torch. Priority was given to people who had been a positive, driving force in their local communities or had demonstrated fortitude in the face of difficult circumstances. Applications were submitted via the Relay Presenting Partners – Coca-Cola Japan, Toyota, Nippon Life and NTT Communications – or the country’s prefectures. Up to five applications were permitted through these various channels, but the same person could be selected only once. Following the postponement of the relay to 2021, priority was given to torchbearers who had already been selected.


    ~ 2,000km covered by torchbearers

    Countries visited:

    Greece and Japan

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    New Tokyo 2020 emblem symbolises unity in diversity

    The emblem presentation was the culmination of an inclusive process that attracted design proposals from around the world and welcomed opinions from the public. More than 40,000 people shared their views on the final four designs shortlisted by the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee from among 14,599 emblem entries.

    The final selection, submitted by designer Asao Tokolo of Tokyo, was chosen by the Selection Committee and approved by the Tokyo 2020 Executive Board. Tokolo, who graduated in architecture from Tokyo Zokei University, is an active artist whose works have been featured in several exhibitions in Japan.

    The chequered emblem, rendered in the traditional Japanese indigo blue, became formally known as “ichimatsu moyo” in the Edo period (1603-1868).

    The circular pattern of varying rectangular shapes represents a coming together of different countries, cultures and ways of thinking. The message is in keeping with “unity in diversity,” one of the three concepts, along with “achieving personal best” and “connecting to tomorrow” that provide the foundation for Tokyo 2020’s Games vision.

    IOC Vice-President John Coates, the Chair of the Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission, said, “The new Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 emblem symbolises important elements of the Tokyo 2020 Games vision. The public engagement in the selection process is another sign of growing interest in the 2020 Games. Interest and excitement will continue to build, in Japan and globally, after the official hand-off to Tokyo 2020 at the close of the upcoming Olympic Games Rio 2016.”

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    Mergen MammedowAthletics
    Merdan Atayev
    Darya Semyonova
    Gulbadam BabamuratovaJudo
    Rejepbay Rejepow
    Owez Owezow
    Kristina Shermetova
    Hojamuhammet ToychiyevWeightlifting
    Polina GuryevaWeightlifting
  • Miraitowa and Someity - Wikipedia



    The Olympic mascot is called Miraitowa, which is derived from the Japanese words “mirai” (future) and “towa” (eternity). This name was chosen to promote a future full of eternal hope in the hearts of people all over the world.


    With its traditional and futurist style, the mascot embodies both the old and the new, echoing the concept of "innovation from harmony". Its forehead bears the emblem of the Tokyo 2020 Games, whose traditional chessboard motif is composed of indigo blue rectangles of three different sizes.


    Ryo Taniguchi

    Did You Know?

    In August 2017, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee received 2,042 designs submitted as part of a competition open to anyone aged 18 or over resident in Japan. Then, by means of a selection process in several stages, the number of proposals was progressively reduced to leave three finalists, which were announced at the beginning of December 2017.

    The task of electing the winner from the three finalist projects was given to the children of Japanese primary schools, with each class having one vote. The voting period extended from 11 December 2017 to 22 February 2018, and 205,755 classes from 16,769 schools participated. The project of Ryo Taniguchi won with a total of 109,041 votes.