After a year of tantalizing wait, the stage is set for the biggest global sporting extravaganza. In just a couple of days time, the entire world will drown in the gripping Olympic Games, with over 11,000 athletes from more than 200 countries displaying their athletic excellence with a sole ambition to win laurels for their nation.
The excitement is picking up with every passing minute as athletes from participating countries continue to descend in Japan’s capital, Tokyo. In order to amp up the excitement level a little more, we bring you a few interesting facts before the Summer Games kick-off on July 23.
1. International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose Tokyo as the host city for 2020 Olympics in 2013. The other two cities in reckoning were Istanbul and Madrid.
2. Japan is hosting the Olympic Games for the second time. The first instance was 57 years ago in 1964. Also, the 1964 Summer Games was the first occasion when Olympics was held in Asia.
3. Tokyo is hosting the Paralympics for the second time, becoming the first city to host the Games twice. In order to celebrate the milestone, the first ever Paralympic Museum will be inaugurated during the Olympic Games.
4. “United by Emotion” is the official motto for Tokyo Olympics, which underlines the global call for diversity and inclusion.
5. A total of 55 sporting events – 33 Olympic sports and 22 Paralympic sports – will take place across 40 venues in Tokyo.
6. Much emphasis has been given on sustainability as most of the products used throughout the Games will be recyclable.
– Japan has produced approximately 5,000 Olympic medals after recycling small electronic devices contributed by people from all over the country.
– In the Olympic village which will host the athletes, the bed inside every room is made up of recyclable cardboard.
– Autonomous electric vehicles will be used to transport athletes from the village to the concerned stadiums. The vehicles are designed with the sole objective to promote the importance of environmental friendliness and once again sustainability is the main focus as well.
7. Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras is the youngest athlete to win a medal at the Olympics. Loundras, at the age of 10, won a bronze medal in 1896 Athens Olympics.
8. In 1904 St. Louis Olympic Games, American Archer Eliza Pollock became the oldest athlete to win a medal in the quadrennial sporting event. Pollock was 66-years-old when she won a bronze medal in the women’s double Columbia round and a gold medal in the women’s team round.
9. The United States (US) have won a the most number medals at the Olympics Games. In over a decades time, the US has collected 2,828 medals in the quadrennial sporting event. Soviet Union is second on the list winning 1,204 medals during its stint as a state between 1955 to 1985.
10. Paris will host the 2024 Olympics followed by Los Angeles in 2028.