Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo were postponed to 2021.
Though the games will now take place from July 23 to August 8, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decreed that the event will still be called Tokyo 2020. The games are scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021. The Paralympics are scheduled to take place from August 24 to September 5, 2021.
it is the second time the Olympics will be held in Tokyo, which previously hosted the Games in 1964.
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Athletes competing in the games will sleep on bed frames made of cardboard and mattresses made of plastic to be environmentally friendly. Tech companies in Japan will use the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games as an opportunity to showcase their robot technology! Robots were going to be assigned to direct spectators to seats, provide event information, and transport food and other items. In addition to robots, the Tokyo Olympics will be the first to use a large-scale face recognition system. It is designed to improve security and speed access to the venue for athletes, officials and press members, and other accredited attendees. Have you seen this being used?
Even as the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games introduce new technological features, they also are recycling. The approximately 5,000 medals of the Olympics are made from recycled electronic products such as old phones. From more than 78 tons of small electronic devices donated by Japanese citizens, 32 kilograms of gold, 3,500 kilograms of silver and 2,200 kilograms of bronze were removed and reused. One side of the medals has a relief of Nike, the Goddess of Victory holding a wreath of victory; the other has the Tokyo 2020 Olympics emblem.
The mascots of the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games were selected with a vote by primary school students. The Olympic Games mascot is Miraitowa. The Paralympic Games mascot is Someity.
The Olympic mascot is called Miraitowa, based on the Japanese words “Mirai”(future) and “towa” (eternity) to symbolize the undaunted optimism of the Olympic games. The Paralympic mascot is named Someity, based on “Someiyoshino”, a popular cherry blossom variety, and the phrase “so mighty”.
Someity has cherry blossom tactile sensors, and can show enormous mental and physical strength. The mascot represents Paralympic athletes who sometimes overcome enormous obstacles to redefine the boundaries of the possible. The mascots reflect an understanding of both tradition and innovation. A variety of Miraitowa and Someity toys are already available!
There are over two dozen distinct competitions in the 2021 Summer Olympics.
They include traditional Olympic swimming, soccer, gymnastics, boxing, and cycling competitions, as well as newer sports that are of keen interest to younger viewers — such as beach volleyball!
The 2021 Tokyo Games will also see karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding make their Olympic debuts and the return of baseball and softball (which were removed from the summer program after 2008).
Summer Olympic History Fun Facts
- The very first modern Olympic games were the Summer Olympics held in 1896. Because Ancient Greece was the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Athens was considered to be an appropriate choice to stage the inaugural modern Games.
- London is the only city to host the Summer Games three times — in 1908, 1948, and 2012. The Summer Olympics have been held in the USA four times (1904, 1932, 1984, 1996) – but in three different cities.
- The United States has won more gold and overall medals than any other country in the Summer Games. Summer Olympian Michael Phelps is the most-decorated Olympic athlete of any nation, with 22 Olympic medals (including 18 golds).
- It’s true. Olympic gold medals aren’t really made of solid gold, but silver with gold plating. Olympic gold medals haven’t been pure gold for about a century.
- The modern games were only canceled three times, and it was always the Summer Olympics. The 1916 Summer Olympics in Berlin were canceled because of World War I. The 1940 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, as well as the 1944 Summer Olympics in London, were canceled because of World War II.
HOST YOUR OWN OLYMPIC DAY
Have a contest to create a mascot!
Make a poster to show your friends and neighbors!
Plan the events:
- Race backward
- Have an “egg race” carrying an egg on a spoon.
- Play balloon volleyball
- Have discus throwing, use a paper plate or a frisbee
- Toss bean bags into buckets
- Javelin toss with a paper towel roll
- Make a sailboat from aluminum foil and use a straw to see whose can go the farthest.
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