10 fun facts about the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

This year’s Olympics were held from July 23, 2021 to August 8, 2021. Many decisions were made prior to the event and as events unfolded unexpectedly. In this article you will encounter 10 fun facts about the Tokyo 2020 Olympics!

  1. Items such as podiums, uniforms and medals are all made from recycled materials. Even the beds at the Olympic Village are made from cardboard, which will be recycled after the Games. Designs of Tokyo 2020's recycled medals unveiled - Olympic News

  1. There were four new sports that have been added to the Tokyo Olympics. These were surfing, skateboarding, sport climbing, and karate.
  1. The Olympic and Paralympic mascots were chosen by students in Japan. 16,769 students participated and voted in the election of the Olympic Mascot.  Tokyo 2020: Mascots revealed! | International Paralympic Committee
  1. More than 80% of the athletes and staff have stayed in the Olympic Village, where those who were not vaccinated had the opportunity to get shots. 
  1. Momiji Nishiya, a Japanese with 13-years old Japanese girl, won the Olympic gold medal for skateboarding. 

Olympic champ Momiji Nishiya, 13, shows in skateboarding, the younger the  better | Olympics News,The Indian Express

  1. The gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the Women’s All-Around Final as she wanted to focus on her mental health and on her body. 

Mental health' behind Biles' shock Olympic team final exit | Olympics News  | Al Jazeera

  1. Although the Olympics were held in the year 2021, the event was still called Tokyo 2020. One of the reasons for this was because in March 2020, torches, medals, other branding items, and merchandise had already been made using the name Tokyo 2020, and a name change to 2021 would have meant additional costs.

  1. Japan has been the only Asian country that has hosted the Olympic Summer Games twice in history.
  1. The torch used for the Tokyo Olympic Torch Relay resembles cherry blossoms, a renowned symbol of Japan. The torch was made from a single sheet of metal using the same advanced technology that produces the Shinkansen bullet trains.
  1. People in Japan were asked to donate their disused electronics, such as mobile phones, to contribute to the production of the Olympic and Paralympic medals.

Hopefully you could learn something more about the Olympics with these 10 facts!

Sources:

  1. https://www.thrillist.com/travel/10-offbeat-places-to-visit-in-atlanta
  2. https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/things-to-do/facts-and-trivia-about-japan-at-the-olympics
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/jul/28/simone-biles-withdraws-from-tokyo-olympics-all-around-gymnastics-final
  4. https://www.freepressjournal.in/sports/tokyo-olympics-10-interesting-facts-to-know-about-japan-as-the-games-begin

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