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Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. Highlights

In 2020, about 12,500 athletes from more than 200 countries are scheduled to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. But the games were supposed to be on July 24th-August 9th. In February 2020, people started talking about whether or not they should continue with the games because of this new coronavirus pandemic.

The official decision to postpone the Olympics by a year was made at the end of March 2020 after Canada announced that it would not send its athletes due to the risk of contracting a new coronavirus.

Programme, premiersa, participants

A lot of competitions will happen in many different places. They will have 339 sets of medals for 41 sports.

Tokyo 2020 Medals

The 2020 Olympic Games will see the return of karate, rock climbing, surfing, and skateboarding. Baseball and softball- last seen in Beijing 2008- also make their debut.

The inclusion of these sports in the Tokyo 2020 programme was insisted upon by the hosts. In traditional sports, spectators will see Olympic competition in 3×3 basketball and BMX freestyle for the first time, as well as mixed relay events in swimming and track and field, mixed team events in judo, triathlon and archery. A total of 12,500 athletes from more than 205 countries are scheduled to compete at the Summer Olympics. The USA has 613 athletes on their national team. Germany has 430 athletes on theirs.

Record number of doping samples

The International Testing Agency (ITA

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Preview – Tokyo, Japan – July 20, 2021 General view of the Olympic Rings outside The National Stadium, the main venue of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

) is expected to collect close to 12,000 doping samples during the 2020 Games. The ITA will assist JADA by collecting 5,000 sample each day and perform more efficient testing due to advances in technology.

Record number of doping samples to be collected from athletes at 2020 Games

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will have a new way to test for banned substances. Collecting two drops of blood and putting them on a special paper is much easier than collecting urine and blood.

People will collect samples from Tokyo 2020. Scientists will keep the samples in Switzerland for up to 10 years. This will give scientists a chance to reanalyze the samples if they find new ways of detecting banned drugs in the future.


Games and coronavirus

In July 2020, two days before the start of the Olympics games in Tokyo, 1,832 new cases of coronavirus infection were reported. Many felt that this was high enough to warrant concern. A level 4 emergency state has been declared due to the spread of the coronavirus globally and even more so within Japan than anywhere else. As of mid-July 2020 there have been 79 tests for SARS-CoV-2 directly related to the Olympics Games in Tokyo with only one being positive – which means it is highly unlikely that anyone will catch the virus at these events.

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