2020 Summer Olympics

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Games of the XXXII Olympiad
An O-like shape, decorated with a complex checkered design and featuring a 12-pointed star in the center negative space, sits atop the words "Tokyo 2020". The Olympic rings are placed underneath.
Host city Tokyo, Japan
Motto Discover Tomorrow
ashita o tsukamō
Nations participating 206 (expected)
Athletes participating 11,090 (expected)
Events 324 in 33 sports
Opening ceremony 24 July (29 months from now)
Closing ceremony 9 August
Officially opened by Emperor of Japan
Stadium New National Stadium
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The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (Japanese: 第三十二回オリンピック競技大会, Hepburn: Dai Sanjūni-kai Orinpikku Kyōgi Taikai)[2] and commonly known as Tokyo 2020, will be a major international multi-sport event due to be celebrated in the tradition of the Olympic Games as governed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The games are planned to be held from 24 July to 9 August 2020 in Tokyo. The city was announced as the host at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires on 7 September 2013.[3] Having previously hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics, Tokyo will become the first city in Asia to host the Olympics twice. It's the first time since 2008 that the Summer Olympics are held in Asia and the first games held in Japan since the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.[4]

Bidding process[edit]

Tokyo, Istanbul, and Madrid were the three candidate cities. The applicant cities of Baku (Azerbaijan) and Doha (Qatar) were not promoted to candidate status. A bid from Rome was withdrawn.

Host city election[edit]

The IOC voted to select the host city of the 2020 Summer Olympics on 7 September 2013 at the 125th IOC Session at the Buenos Aires Hilton in Buenos Aires, Argentina. An exhaustive ballot system was used. No city won over 50% of the votes in the first round, and Madrid and Istanbul were tied for second place. A run-off vote between these two cities was held to determine which would be eliminated. In the final vote, a head-to-head contest between Tokyo and Istanbul, Tokyo was selected by 60 votes to 36, as it got at least 49 votes needed for a majority.

2020 Summer Olympics host city election[5][dead link]
City NOC name Round 1 Runoff Round 2
Tokyo  Japan 42 60
Istanbul  Turkey 26 49 36
Madrid  Spain 26 45

Development and preparation[edit]

The Tokyo metropolitan government set aside a fund of 400 billion Japanese yen (over 3.67 billion USD) to cover the cost of hosting the Games. The Japanese government is considering increasing slot capacity at both Haneda Airport and Narita International Airport by easing airspace restrictions. A new railway line is planned to link both airports through an expansion of Tokyo Station, cutting travel time from Tokyo Station to Haneda from 30 minutes to 18 minutes, and from Tokyo Station to Narita from 55 minutes to 36 minutes; the line would cost 400 billion yen and would be funded primarily by private investors. But East Japan Railway Company (East JR) is planning a new route near Tamachi to Haneda Airport.[6] Funding is also planned to accelerate completion of the Central Circular Route, Tokyo Gaikan Expressway and Ken-Ō Expressway, and to refurbish other major expressways in the area.[7] There are also plans to extend the Yurikamome automated transit line from its existing terminal at Toyosu Station to a new terminal at Kachidoki Station, passing the site of the Olympic Village, although the Yurikamome would still not have adequate capacity to serve major events in the Odaiba area on its own.[8]

The Organizing Committee is headed by former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori.[9] Olympic and Paralympic Minister Shunichi Suzuki is overseeing the preparations on behalf of the Japanese government.[10]

Japan has traditionally used Olympic events to showcase new technology. Telecom company NTT DoCoMo signed a deal with Finland's Nokia to provide 5G-ready baseband networks in Japan in time for the Olympics.[11][12]

Venues and infrastructure[edit]

Olympic Banner 2020
The Tokyo Big Sight Conference Tower would be used as the International Broadcast Center and a Party Venue.
View of the Rainbow Bridge from Odaiba Marine Park

It was confirmed in February 2012 that the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo would be demolished and reconstructed, and receive a £1 billion upgrade for the 2019 Rugby World Cup as well as the 2020 Olympics.[13] As a result, a design competition for the new stadium was launched. In November 2012, the Japan Sport Council announced that out of 46 finalists, Zaha Hadid Architects was awarded the design for the new stadium. Plans included dismantling the original stadium, and expanding the capacity from 50,000 to a modern Olympic capacity of about 80,000.[14] However, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced in July 2015 that plans to build the New National Stadium would be scrapped and rebid on amid public discontent over the stadium's building costs. In Autumn 2015 a new design by Kengo Kuma was approved as winning project of new stadium design competition which decreased the capacity to between 60,000–80,000 depending by event [15]

Twenty-eight of the thirty-three competition venues in Tokyo are within 8 kilometres (4.97 miles) of the Olympic Village. 11 new venues are to be constructed.[16]

It was reported in September 2016 that a review panel said that the cost of hosting the Olympics and Paralympics could quadruple from the original estimate, and therefore proposed a major overhaul to the current plan to reduce costs, including moving venues outside Tokyo.[17]

Heritage Zone[edit]

Seven venues will be located within the central business area of Tokyo, northwest of the Olympic Village. Several of these venues were also used for the 1964 Summer Olympics.

Yokohama Stadium – Baseball
Venue Events Capacity Status
Olympic Stadium Opening and Closing Ceremonies 60,000
Football (Final)
Yoyogi National Gymnasium Handball 12,000
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Table tennis 10,000
Nippon Budokan Judo 12,000
Tokyo International Forum Weightlifting 5,000
Imperial Palace Garden Cycling (Road) 5,000
Athletics (marathon, race walk)
Kokugikan Arena Boxing 10,000

Tokyo Bay Zone[edit]

20 venues will be located in the vicinity of Tokyo Bay, southeast of the Olympic Village, predominantly on Ariake, Odaiba and the surrounding artificial islands.

Venue Events Capacity Status
Kasai Rinkai Park Canoe/Kayak (slalom) 8,000
Oi Seaside Park Field hockey 10,000
Olympic Aquatics Centre Aquatics (swimming, diving and synchronised swimming) 18,000
Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center Water polo[18] 5,000
Yumenoshima Stadium Archery 6,000
Ariake Arena Volleyball 12,000
Olympic BMX Course Cycling (BMX) 6,000
Olympic Gymnastic Centre Gymnastics (artistic, rhythmic and trampoline) 12,000
Ariake Coliseum Tennis 20,000 (10,000 centre court; 5,000 court 1, 3,000 court 2, 8x250 match courts)
Odaiba Marine Park Triathlon 5,000
Aquatics (marathon swimming)
Shiokaze Park Beach Volleyball 12,000
Central Breakwater Equestrian (eventing) 20,000
Canoe/Kayak (sprint)
Aomi Urban Sports Venue 3x3 Basketball
Sport Climbing

Sites farther than 8 kilometres (5 mi) from the Olympic Village[edit]

Venue Events Capacity Status
Camp Asaka Shooting
Musashino Forest Sport Centre Modern pentathlon (fencing) 6,000
Ajinomoto Stadium Football 50,000[20]
Modern pentathlon (swimming, riding, running, shooting)
Rugby sevens
Saitama Super Arena Basketball 22,000[21]
Enoshima Sailing 10,000 [22]
Makuhari Messe Fencing 6,000
Wrestling 8,000 [23]
Baji Koen Equestrian (jumping and dressage)[24]
Kasumigaseki Country Club Golf 30,000 [25][26]
Izu Velodrome Cycling (track) 5,000 [27]
Japan Cycle Sports Center Cycling (mountain bike)[28]
Yokohama Stadium Baseball 30,000 [29]
Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium Baseball 30,000

Football venues[edit]


Non-competition venues[edit]

Venue Events Capacity Status
Imperial Hotel, Tokyo IOC
Harumi Futo Olympic Village
Tokyo Big Sight Media Press Center
International Broadcast Center


The opening ceremony category tickets will range from 25,000 to 150,000 yen. 30,000 yen will be the maximum price for the final of popular games, such as athletics and swimming. The average price of all the Olympic tickets is 7,700 yen. 60% of the tickets will be sold for 4,400 yen or fewer. Tickets will be sold through 40,000 shops in Japan and on the internet.[32]

The Games[edit]


The official programme for the 2020 Summer Olympics was approved by the IOC executive board on 9 June 2017. The games will feature 339 events in 33 sports; alongside the 5 new sports that will be introduced in Tokyo, there will be 15 new events within existing sports, including 3-on-3 basketball, freestyle BMX and Madison cycling, and new mixed events in several sports. Thomas Bach stated that the goal for Tokyo was for the Games to be "more youthful, more urban and include more women".[33][34]

New sports[edit]

Following the 2012 Games, the IOC assessed the 26 sports held in London, with the remit of selecting 25 'core' sports to join new entrants golf and rugby sevens at the 2020 Games. In effect, this would involve the dropping of one sport from the 2016 Games program. This would leave a single vacancy in the 2020 Games program, which the IOC would seek to fill from a shortlist containing seven unrepresented sports and the removed sport. On 12 February 2013, IOC leaders voted to drop wrestling from the Olympic program, a surprise decision that removed one of the oldest Olympic sports from the 2020 Games. Wrestling, which combines freestyle and Greco-Roman events, goes back to the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in 1896,[35] and even further to the Ancient Olympic Games. The decision to drop wrestling was opposed in many countries and by their NOCs.[36][37][38][39] Wrestling therefore joined other sports in a short list applying for inclusion in the 2020 Games.

On 29 May 2013, it was announced that three sports made the final shortlist; squash, baseball/softball, and wrestling.[40] Five other sports (karate, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding, and wushu) were excluded from consideration at this point.[41] On 8 September 2013, at the 125th IOC Session, the IOC selected wrestling to be included in the Olympic program for 2020 and 2024. Wrestling secured 49 votes, while baseball/softball secured 24 votes and squash got 22 votes.[42]

Under new IOC policies that shift the Games to an "event-based" programme rather than sport-based, the host organizing committee can now also propose the addition of sports to the programme. This rule is designed so that sports popular in the host country can be added to the programme to improve local interest.[43] As a result of these changes, a new shortlist of eight sports was unveiled on 22 June 2015, consisting of baseball/softball, bowling, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, surfing, and wushu.[44] On 28 September 2015, organisers submitted their shortlist of five proposed sports to the IOC: baseball/softball, karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding.[45] The five proposed sports were approved on 3 August 2016 by the IOC during the 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and will be included in the sports programme for 2020 only, bringing the total number of sports at the 2020 Olympics to 33.[46][47]


This calendar adapt from 2016 summer Olympic calendar.[48]

All dates are Japan Standard Time (UTC+09:00)
OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Gold medal events EG Exhibition gala CC Closing ceremony
July/August 22
Olympic Rings Icon.svg Ceremonies OC CC N/A
Archery 1 1 1 1 5
Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics 3 5 4 5 5 4 6 7 7 1 48
Badminton pictogram.svg Badminton 1 1 2 1 5
Baseball pictogram.svg Baseball 1
Basketball Basketball pictogram.svg Basketball 1 1 4
3x3 basketball pictogram.svg 3x3 Basketball
Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 4 13
Canoeing Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg Slalom 1 1 2 16
Canoeing (flatwater) pictogram.svg Sprint 4 4 4
Cycling Cycling (road) pictogram.svg Road cycling 1 1 2 22
Cycling (track) pictogram.svg Track cycling 1 2 2 1 1 3
Cycling (BMX) pictogram.svg BMX 2
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg Mountain biking 1 1
Diving pictogram.svg Diving 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8
Equestrian pictogram.svg Equestrian 2 1 1 1 1 6
Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 12
Field hockey pictogram.svg Field hockey 1 1 2
Football pictogram.svg Football 1 1 2
Golf pictogram.svg Golf 1 1 2
Gymnastics Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Artistic 1 1 1 1 4 3 3 EG 18
Gymnastics (rhythmic) pictogram.svg Rhythmic 1 1
Gymnastics (trampoline) pictogram.svg Trampolining 1 1
Handball pictogram.svg Handball 1 1 2
Judo pictogram.svg Judo 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 15
Karate pictogram.svg Karate Kata 8
Modern pentathlon pictogram.svg Modern pentathlon 1 1 2
Rowing pictogram.svg Rowing 2 4 4 4 14
Rugby union pictogram.svg Rugby sevens 1 1 2
Sailing pictogram.svg Sailing 2 2 2 2 2 10
Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting 2 2 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 15
Skateboarding pictogram.svg Skateboarding 4
Softball pictogram.svg Softball 1
Climbing pictogram.svg Sport climbing 2
Surfing pictogram.svg Surfing 2
Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 1 1 37
Synchronized swimming pictogram.svg Synchronized swimming 1 1 2
Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis 1 1 1 1 5
Taekwondo pictogram.svg Taekwondo 2 2 2 2 8
Tennis pictogram.svg Tennis 1 1 3 5
Triathlon pictogram.svg Triathlon 1 1 3
Volleyball Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg Beach volleyball 1 1 4
Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg Volleyball 1 1
Water polo pictogram.svg Water polo 1 1 2
Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 14
Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 2 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 18
Daily medal events 339
Cumulative total 339
July/August 22
Total events



The Tokyo 2020 Games Mascots competition accepted entries from 1 to 14 August 2017. 2,042 entries were received.[49] On 7 December 2017, the shortlists were unveiled at the Kakezuka Elementary School. Elementary school students will vote on the winning entry, with each participating elementary school allocated one vote, in the poll to be conducted between 11 December 2017 to 22 February 2018. The results are anticipated by 28 February 2018.[50] [51]


The official emblems for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics were unveiled on 25 April 2016; designed by Asao Tokolo, who won a nationwide design contest,[52] it takes the form of a ring in an indigo-coloured checkerboard pattern. The design is meant to "express a refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan".[53] The designs replaced a previous emblem which had been scrapped due to allegations that it plagiarized the logo of a Belgian theatre.[54]


As of 2015 total sponsorship for the 2020 Games reached approximately $1.3 billion, setting an Olympics record (the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing attracted $1.2 billion).[55]

Concerns and controversies[edit]

IAAF bribery claims[edit]

In January 2016, the second part of a World Anti-Doping Agency commission report into corruption included a footnote detailing a conversation between Khalil Diack, son of former International Athletic Association Federation (IAAF) president Lamine Diack, and Turkish officials heading up the Istanbul bid team.[56] A transcript of the conversation cited in the report suggested that a "sponsorship" payment of between US$4 million and 5 million had been made by the Japanese bid team "either to the Diamond League or IAAF".[56] The footnote claimed that because Istanbul did not make such a payment, the bid lost the support of Lamine Diack. The WADA declined to investigate the claims because it was, according to its independent commission, outside the agency's remit.[56]

In July and October 2013 (prior to and after being awarded the Games), Tokyo made two bank payments totalling SG$2.8 million to a Singapore-based company known as Black Tidings. The company is tied to Papa Massata Diack, a son of Lamine Diack who worked as a marketing consultant for the IAAF, and is being pursued by French authorities under allegations of bribery, corruption, and money laundering.[57] Black Tidings is held by Ian Tan Tong Han, a consultant to Athletics Management and Services—which manages the IAAF's commercial rights, and has business relationships with Japanese firm Dentsu. Black Tidings has also been connected to a doping scandal involving the Russian athletics team.[57][58][59]

Japanese Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 board member Tsunekazu Takeda stated that the payments were for consulting services, but refused to discuss the matter further because it was confidential. Toshiaki Endo called on Takeda to publicly discuss the matter. Massata denied that he had received any money from Tokyo's organizing committee.[57][59] The IOC established a team to investigate these matters, and will closely follow the French investigation.[60]

Logo plagiarism[edit]

The initial design for the official emblems of the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics were unveiled on 24 July 2015. The logo resembled a stylized "T"; a red circle in the top-right corner represented a beating heart, the flag of Japan, and an "inclusive world in which everyone accepts each other", and a black column in the centre represented diversity.[61]

Shortly after the unveiling, Belgian graphics designer Olivier Debie accused the organizing committee of plagiarizing a logo he had designed for the Théâtre de Liège, which aside from the circle, consisted of nearly identical shapes. Tokyo's organizing committee denied that the emblem design was plagiarized, arguing that the design had gone through "long, extensive and international" intellectual property examinations before it was cleared for use.[62][63] Debie filed a lawsuit against the IOC to prevent use of the infringing logo.[54]

The emblem's designer, Kenjiro Sano, defended the design, stating that he had never seen the Liège logo, while TOCOG released an early sketch of the design that emphasized a stylized "T" and did not resemble the Liège logo.[54] However, Sano was found to have had a history of plagiarism, with others alleging his early design plagiarized work of Jan Tschichold, that he used a photo without permission in promotional materials for the emblem, along with other past cases. On 1 September 2015, following an emergency meeting of TOCOG, Governor of Tokyo Yoichi Masuzoe announced that they had decided to scrap Sano's two logos. The committee met on 2 September 2015 to decide how to approach another new logo design.[54]

On 24 November 2015, an Emblems Selection Committee was established to organize an open call for design proposals, open to Japanese residents over the age of 18, with a deadline set for 7 December 2015. The winner would receive ¥1 million and tickets to the opening ceremonies of both the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.[52][64][65] On 8 April 2016, a new shortlist of four pairs of designs for the Olympics and Paralympics were unveiled by the Emblems Selection Committee; the Committee's selection—with influence from a public poll, was presented to TOCOG on 25 April 2016 for final approval.[64]


Sony and Panasonic are partnering with NHK to develop broadcasting standards for 8K resolution television, with a goal to release 8K television sets in time for the 2020 Olympics.[66][67]

In the United States, the 2020 Summer Olympics will be broadcast by NBCUniversal properties, as part of a US$4.38 billion agreement that began at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.[68] Unlike being tape-delayed for the West Coast, as in past Olympics, the network will air most prime time coverage in all time zones, since the 2018 Winter Olympics.

In Europe, this will be the first Summer Olympics under the IOC's exclusive pan-European rights deal with Discovery Communications, which began at the 2018 Winter Olympics and run through 2024. The rights for the 2020 Games cover almost all of Europe, excluding France due to an existing rights deal that will expire following these Games, and Russia due to a pre-existing deal with a marketer through 2024.[69] Discovery will sub-license coverage to free-to-air networks in each territory. In the United Kingdom, these will be the last Games whose rights are fully owned by the BBC, although as a condition of a sub-licensing agreement that will carry into the 2022 and 2024 Games, Discovery holds exclusive pay television rights to these Games.[70][71][72]


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XXXII Olympiad (2020)
Succeeded by