The 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo, Japan, from July 24 to Aug. 4. Tokyo was announced as the host at the 125th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This will be the second time Tokyo has hosted the Olympic Games. They also hosted the 1964 Summer Olympic Games.Continue Reading
The three candidate cities at the 125th session of the IOC were Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo. In the first round of voting none of the three cities received more than 50% of the vote. After a tiebreaker vote was held between Istanbul and Madrid to determine which would be eliminated, Tokyo defeated Istanbul in the next round of voting 63 to 36.
The Tokyo metropolitan government has estimated the budget for infrastructure expansion prior to the games to be 400 billion Japanese yen, the equivalent of 3 billion USD. Several railways in the Tokyo area are being expanded and updated, and the city is considering adding space to both Haneda Airport and Narita International Airport to accommodate the influx of Olympics visitors.
The city is also constructing 11 new venues to host events in and around Tokyo. The Tokyo Olympic Stadium is also being dismantled and rebuilt, expanding its capacity to between 60,000–80,000.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will feature a total of 339 total events in 33 different sports. Five new sports will be included in the events: sport climbing, skateboarding, surfing, karate and baseball/softball. The IOC has also voted to include 15 new events within the established sports, with the goal of giving the Games more variety, a more youth-oriented spirit, and to make the events more inclusive to women athletes.