The Olympic Games in Tokyo are in full swing. This is Japan's third attempt to host the Olympic Games. Above all the Japanese Olympics, like a samurai's katana, evil fate hangs. Initially, the first Games were canceled due to the Second World War, the second Summer Games were postponed to autumn due to the heat wave and typhoon. The Third Games were supposed to take place in 2020, but due to COVID-19, they were also postponed to 2021. And this is the first Olympiad in history to be held in an odd year. Nevertheless, despite the pandemic, Japan decided to carry it out. According to the authorities, this will be a symbol of the unity of the world. Due to the fact that changing the figure to an odd one is not good, the Olympics left their name “Tokyo 2020”. In addition, this name is already quite recognizable.
The opening of the Olympics, one of the largest and most anticipated events, was attended by the minimum number of spectators. The arena was attended by 950 VIP guests, including officials and journalists. For the first time in so many years, the stands were empty and the Olympic Flame was lit without the usual thunderous applause. 13 thousand athletes who will compete for prizes and glory will compete observing all precautions.
New disciplines and format were introduced into the Summer Olympic Games program. In addition to bringing baseball and softball back into the program, rewards will now be played in surfing, skateboarding, rock climbing, 3v3 basketball and karate. And at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, break dance will also be introduced. All of these sports were introduced to appeal to a young audience, a landmark innovation in the Olympic Games.
Another historic event is the change in the motto. For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, the motto will sound not “Faster, Higher, Stronger”, but “Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together”, in Latin “Citius, Altius, Fortius – Commun”.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been named the cleanest in history as winners and awardees will receive medals made from recycled electronics, making them environmentally friendly. This gesture encourages the planet to take care of nature. This is the first project in the history of the Olympic Games, when the inhabitants of the country participated in the production of medals. The medals are stylish, meaningful, and tribute to ancient Japanese artisans and Olympic values. For safety reasons, the winners will don their own medals, which has never happened before.
The Tokyo Olympics breaks all previously set records. So, at the 2020 Olympics, a record for doping tests was set. 5,000 doping samples will be taken from athletes, which will be stored for 10 years from the date of collection. For comparison, in 2016 in Rio, 4930 doping tests were made both during and outside the competition.
Another record that sets Tokyo 2020 apart is the record number of women taking part. They will be 48.8% of the total number of Olympians.
The Olympic Games in Tokyo will run until August 8th. The best athletes from all over the world, including athletes from Turkmenistan, fight for victory and winning places. Despite the current situation all over the world, it is incredibly pleasant that the Olympic Games still unite athletes from different parts of the country and are the most anticipated event of modern times. But despite the global importance, the Games serve not only as an occasion to demonstrate sports achievements, but also as an opportunity for people of different views and nationalities to get to know each other better and unite, albeit for a short time, in one common experience.