Prepared or not, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are lower than one week away.
The athlete choices have been made and groups from nations throughout the globe are arriving, making ready to duke it out for medals awarded over the course of 339 sporting occasions.
Opening ceremonies are slated to start on July 23, with closing ceremonies on Aug. 8. Nonetheless, Australia will face Japan in softball on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET and Nice Britain will compete in opposition to Chile at 3:30 a.m. Thursday.
Tokyo’s new Olympic Stadium would be the focus of the Video games and can host the opening and shutting ceremonies, athletics and several other soccer matches.
Right here’s what to anticipate from the Tokyo Olympics this 12 months.
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Tokyo 2020 officers banned spectators from all sporting occasions, stadiums and Olympic venues on July 8 after a sudden surge in instances of the extremely infectious Delta variant pressured Japan to declare a public well being emergency.
The Olympic village shall be removed from empty although. Video games officers stated round 11,500 athletes are anticipated in Japan to compete, whereas one other estimated 79,000 journalists, officers and workers are additionally anticipated to be in attendance.
Masks shall be necessary for everybody in attendance.
In accordance with the Tokyo Olympics Playbook obtained by International Information, athletes travelling to attend shall be required to point out two separate, adverse COVID-19 take a look at end result certificates earlier than they even set foot in Tokyo, together with one inside 96 hours of departure and one other inside 72 hours. They may even be anticipated to obtain and activate one app that can monitor their location and be used for contact tracing, and one other that can ship out every day temperature and well being examine reviews.
Athletes shall be examined upon arrival and can have their temperatures checked every time they enter an Olympic venue. Masks are required in the course of the Video games, and athletes shall be required to interchange masks as quickly as they grow to be damp and to clean them as soon as a day.
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What’s new this 12 months?
The most important names in browsing, skateboarding, sport climbing, karate and baseball will all be competing for gold medals this 12 months.
If waves permit, Olympics officers stated browsing’s debut competitors will happen over the course of 4 days, with the highest two surfers in every class transferring on to the following spherical whereas all different browsing rivals will compete in a “repechage section” to resolve who goes by way of to the latter rounds.
Skateboarding has been cut up into two classes for women and men: road and park.
In accordance with Olympic literature, road skateboarding shall be held on a “straight street-style course full with stairs, handrails, benches and partitions,” and athletes shall be judged on the “originality, execution and variety of tips they carry out.”
Ladies and men shall be collaborating in mixed competitions for sport climbing Olympic medals. Twenty athletes of every gender will participate in velocity, bouldering and lead climbing disciplines.
The world’s first Olympic karate competitors shall be held in Nippon Budokan, the non secular residence of Japanese conventional martial arts. Olympic officers stated there shall be six kumite occasions — three for every gender in several weight divisions — wherein two rivals will spar.
There may even be separate kata competitions for women and men, the place members will take turns performing sequence of preventing sequences.
After being dropped following the Beijing Olympics in 2008, baseball and softball may even be returning to the Video games.
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Athletes to observe
Most of the world’s high athletes shall be competing on this 12 months’s Olympic Video games.
Group Canada is sending a staff of 371 athletes to the Tokyo Olympics, the nation’s largest Olympic contingent for the reason that 1984 Los Angeles Summer time Video games.
The youngest member of the staff shall be 14-year-old swimmer Summer time McIntosh and the oldest shall be 56-year-old equestrian Mario Deslauriers.
Canadian soccer ahead Christine Sinclair and Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse may even be collaborating.
Fan favourites, reminiscent of four-time gold medalist U.S. gymnast Simone Biles and France’s 10-time world Judo champion Teddy Riner are anticipated to compete this 12 months. Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce shall be competing within the 100-metre sprint, and U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky shall be competing within the 1500-metre freestyle occasion.
— With information from Reuters