Interesting Facts About the 2021 Tokyo Olympics

One of the prestigious international sports competitions, the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, which will be held on July 21 – August 8, 2021. A total of more than 200 countries will participate in order to win as many medals as possible from all the sports being competed. The 2021 Tokyo Olympics, which was supposed to be held in 2020, had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While waiting for the event, consider some interesting facts about the Tokyo Olympics that were quoted from various sources.

Tokyo City to Host

Quoted from various sources, the selection of the City of Tokyo, Japan as the host for the 2020 Olympic competition was based on a vote held at the 125th International Olympic Committee session on September 7, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Held Without Audience

Taking into account the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held without spectators or fans present. In fact, as quoted from the Inside The Game Biz page, the Japanese government has declared a state of emergency for the capital city of Tokyo during the Olympics from Monday, July 12 to August 22, 2021.

Previously, the holding of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics allowed for the event to be attended by an audience of a maximum of 50 percent of the total capacity of the venue or as many as 10,000 fans. However, the increasing spread of Covid-19 in the city of Sakura resulted in the decision being canceled.

Russia as a Country Banned from Participation

The Russian state had to swallow the bitter pill after the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ban all identities of the country led by Vladimir Putin from being displayed at the opening ceremony of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, from the country, flag, to the national anthem.

Reporting from the AP News page, this sanction was given following a decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport after it was found that Russia had government interference in doping testing by World Anti-Doping (WADA). Therefore, participating Russian athletes use the identity as part of the ROC team, the abbreviation of the Russian Olympic Committee.

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2021 Tokyo Olympics Mascot

As quoted from the official Olympic website, olympic.com, Miraitowa is the mascot for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics with an indigo blue color, which is a reflection of the blending of noble traditions and modern innovations of Japanese culture. Miraitowa is described as having a cheerful, athletic character, and has the power to teleport.

The name of the mascot Miraitowa is taken from the Japanese language, namely mirai meaning future, and towa meaning immortality, in line with the hope that the 2021 Tokyo Olympics will bring a future and eternal hope in the hearts of people around the world.