Olympics 2020

Olympics 2020

  Japanese capital Tokyo will be hosting the Olympic games after fifty-six years for the second time, from 24 July to 9 August 2020. It is widely acknowledged that the Games in 1964 radically transformed the country in many different ways. According to the organisers of the event in 2020, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad of the modern era will be 'the most innovative ever organised, and will rest on three fundamental principles to transform the world: striving for your personal best (achieving your personal best); accepting one another (unity in diversity); and passing on a legacy for the future (connecting to tomorrow)'.

  Tokyo was selected as the host city during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires on 7 September 2013. These Games will mark the return of the Summer Olympics to Tokyo. It should be noted that this games will be the fourth Olympics overall to be held in Japan, since 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. They will be the second of three consecutive Olympic Games to be held in East Asia, following the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and preceding the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.

  The Olympic mascot is called Miraitowa, which is derived from the Japanese words mirai (future) and towa (eternity). This name was chosen to promote a future full of eternal hope in the hearts of people all over the world.

  Aligning with the reforms advocated by Olympic Agenda 2020, the Tokyo Games will use as many existing competition venues as possible, namely those built for the Games in 1964, such as the prestigious Nippon Budokkan for judo, the Baji Koen Park for equestrian events, and the Yoyogi National Gymnasium for handball. The Tokyo National Stadium, where the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and athletics competitions will be staged, will be completely revamped and replaced by a new arena. Japan has been an Olympic land since the Summer Games of 1964, which were the first to be staged in Asia. In 2020, the country will host its fourth Games, if we include the Winter Games of 1972 in Sapporo and of 1998 in Nagano.

History of Olympics

Heracles The founding father of the great Olympics is said to be Heracles (The Hercules), one of the sons of Zeus. Zeus was considered as the most important Olympic God apart from Athena and Apollo; and, was worshipped as the God of meteorological change. The Olympic Games were closely related to Religion and religious festivals of the cult of Zeus promoting a secular spirit, energy and accomplishment of the Youth and good relations between the cities of Greece.

   The history of the Olympic Games goes back to 776 BC when a nude runner (Coroebus) won the 192 meters race in Olympics making him the first Olympic champion. A few events, a few champions and a single venue - Olympia in Greece - characterized these ancient Olympic Games.

   The ancient Olympics were a one-day event till 684 BC with boxing, pankration running, long jump, shot put, javelin and equestrian events as the major competitions. All the Greeks (males) were allowed to participate, prohibiting the female participation. For about 1200 years, the ancient Olympic Games recurred in every four years, till the Roman Emperor Theodosius I banned them in 393 CE.

   Baron Pierre de Coubertin re-started Olympics in 1894 by forming the International Olympic Committee, following which, the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896 in Athens, Greece. "Faster, Higher, Stronger" (Citius-Altius-Fortius) is the principal Olympic motto which emphasizes on the spirit of achieving the zenith in life rather than acquiring first position. The five Olympic rings and the Flag are the inevitable parts of Olympic emblem conceptualized in 1912 Olympic Games.

   Olympics The five Olympic rings, each with a different hue, and; the Olympic flag, represent the universal nature of the Olympic Games, bringing the whole world together. The Olympic Anthem is also played at every Olympics since 1960 Olympic Games. The Olympic flame lit in front of the Temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece; depicts the immortal connection between ancient and modern Olympics. This torch of light is carried by the runners of the participating countries and finally a cauldron is lit which remains flaming till it is extinguished in the closing ceremony. Then the doves are released symbolizing peace and harmony. The Olympic Games start after the Olympic Oath taken by one athlete and one judge from each of the participating nations, representing the entire country.

   So Far, the Olympic Games have been held in many countries starting from 1896 in Athens, Paris, St.Louis, London, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Berlin, Helsinki, Melbourne, Rome, Tokyo, Mexico, Munich, Montreal, Moscow, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney to again Athens in 2004.

The Olympic Games, around 11,000 athletes from 201 countries participated for the most awaited prestigious Olympics Games. 28 kinds of sports were included in 2004 Olympic Games with 37 persuasions. Among them are Track events in Athletics which is not only a game but part of Olympic History, whereas other games were included in recent times. Three nations which remained on top were, China on 3rd with total 63 medals (32 – Gold, 17 – Silver, 14 – Bronze), Russia on 2nd with total 92 medals (27 – Gold, 27 – Silver, 38 – Bronze), USA stood on top position with total 103 medals (35 – Gold, 39 – Silver, 29 – Bronze).

The next Olympic Games were held in August 2008 and were hosted by Beijing; around 11,028 athletes from 204 countries had participated in 28 kinds of sports with 302 different events. It was the third time that Olympic Games were held in Asia, the other countries which have hosted the Olympic Games three times are Tokyo, Japan, Seoul and South Korea. This year also USA, China and Russia stood on top three positions in the same order as it remained in 2004 Olympic Games.

The 2012 Olympic Games were hosted by London, and were one of the most intricate and major events in the world. Around 10,500 athletes from 204 countries participated in 26 kind of sports with 39 different events. The 2016 Olympic Games are hosted by Rio Janeiro and will be held from 05th to 21st of August, more than 11,000 athletes are participating from 206 countries. 28 kinds of sports with 306 different events are scheduled to be held at Rio Olympic Games 2016.

Olympic 2016 Medal Tally

Olympic 2016 Medal Tally
Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States 46 37 38 121
Great Britain 27 23 17 67
China 26 18 26 70
Russia 19 18 19 56
Germany 17 10 15 42
Japan 12 8 21 41
France 10 18 14 42
South Korea 9 3 9 21
Italy 8 12 8 28
Australia 8 11 10 29
India - 1 1 2

Olympic News

Best-ever show by Indians at Asian Wrestling meet

    Updated On : Apr 28,2019   8:52 pm
Xi'an (China), April 28 (IANS) India's Greco-Roman wrestlers finished their campaign on a high with two more medals -- a silver through Harpreet Singh (82kg) and a bronze through Gyanender (60kg) -- as the Asian Wrestling Championships came to an end here on Sunday. View More..

More than 40,000 participate in London Marathon

    Updated On : Apr 28,2019   2:20 pm
London, April 28 (IANS) More than 40,000 people participated in the 39th London Marathon on Sunday, with many runner targeting over 80 Guinness World Records. View More..

ISSF World Cup: India end campaign with 3 golds, 1 silver

    Updated On : Apr 28,2019   12:42 pm
Beijing, April 28 (IANS) India ended their campaign at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup with a total of four medals: three golds and a silver. View More..

Brazilian coach Micale reveals India talks

    Updated On : Apr 28,2019   11:38 am
Rio de Janeiro, April 28 (IANS) Brazilian coach Rogerio Micale has said that he is in talks with Indian officials about the Asian country's vacant national team manager's role. View More..

Sunil, Gurpreet win silver at Asian Wrestling

    Updated On : Apr 27,2019   9:38 pm
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Indias Greco-Roman style wrestlers began their campaign on a successful note as Gurpreet Singh (77kg) and Sunil Kumar (87kg) delivered silver medals on Saturday, the penultimate day of the Asian Wrestling Championships. View More..

ISSF WC: Abhishek Verma clinches gold, Olympic quota

    Updated On : Apr 27,2019   12:20 pm
Beijing, April 27 (IANS) Indian shooter Abhishek Verma won the gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol event at the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup here on Saturday. View More..

DC players participate in 'Meet & Greet' event

    Updated On : Apr 26,2019   6:28 pm
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) APL Apollo Tubes Limited, an Electric Resistance Welded (ERW) Steel Pipes producing company, on Friday organised a 'Meet and Greet event with the players of Delhi Capitals team where two specially-abled young girls were felicitated. View More..

China secures a set of medals in table tennis worlds

    Updated On : Apr 26,2019   5:22 am
Budapest, April 26 (IANS) China had a clean sweep of women's singles semifinal berths at the World Table Tennis Championships here on Thursday. View More..

Badminton Asia C'ship: Sindhu, Saina, Sameer in QF

    Updated On : Apr 25,2019   6:24 pm
Wuhan (China), April 25 (IANS) Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma on Thursday advanced to the quarterfinals of the ongoing Badminton Asia Championship after winning their respective pre-quarterfinal matches. View More..

Asian C'ship: Sindhu and Saina advance, Srikanth exits

    Updated On : Apr 24,2019   5:44 pm
Wuhan (China), April 24 (IANS) Ace India shuttlers Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and Sameer Verma registered victories in their first round matches on Wednesday to advance to the pre-quarterfinal Badminton Asian Championship. However, it was the end of the road for Kidambi Srikanth who made an early exit. View More..

Party ticket backstory: Rahul friendship with Vijender

    Updated On : Apr 24,2019   2:50 pm
New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) The Congress decision to nominate star boxer Vijender Singh for the prestigious South Delhi constituency has come as a surprise to many but former chief national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu has not been taken aback at the development. View More..

Congress, BJP candidates file nominations in Delhi

    Updated On : Apr 23,2019   6:04 pm
New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) All the seven Congress candidates and four from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) contesting the Lok Sabha elections from the national capital filed their nominations on Tuesday. View More..

PVL: Chennai Spartans to face Vietnamese club in QF

    Updated On : Apr 23,2019   4:36 pm
New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) After winning the inaugural edition of the RuPay Pro Volleyball League (PVL), Chennai Spartans are keeping the Indian flag high in the 2019 Asian Mens Club Volleyball Championship, being held in Taiwan. View More..

Wrestler-turned-cop booked for joining Congress campaign

    Updated On : Apr 23,2019   12:26 pm
Mumbai, April 23 (IANS) The Mumbai Police on Tuesday lodged an FIR against Narsingh P. Yadav, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist wrestler-turned-Assistant Commissioner of Police, charging him with campaigning for Congress candidate for the Mumbai North-West seat, Sanjay Nirupam. View More..

New rubber colours for table tennis rackets expected

    Updated On : Apr 23,2019   6:02 am
Budapest, April 23 (IANS) Visual outlook of table tennis may undergo great changes after the Tokyo Olympic Games with introduction of new colours for paddlers' racket rubbers, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) President Thomas Weikert announced here. View More..

Delhi set for interesting Lok Sabha battle

    Updated On : Apr 23,2019   12:18 am
New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Delhi is set for an interesting contest in Lok Sabha elections with the Congress and the BJP Monday declaring their candidates, who include a former Chief Minister and two famous sportspersons. The ruling Aam Aadmi Party has already declared its candidates. View More..

Congress fields boxer Vijender Singh from South Delhi

    Updated On : Apr 23,2019   12:10 am
New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) The Congress on Monday fielded Olympic bronze medal-winning boxer Vijender Singh as its candidate for the South Delhi Lok Sabha seat. View More..

Congress fields boxer Vijender Singh from South Delhi

    Updated On : Apr 22,2019   11:14 pm
New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) The Congress on Monday fielded Olympic bronze medal-winning boxer Vijender Singh as its candidate for the South Delhi Lok Sabha seat. View More..

India ensured of four medals at Asian Boxing

    Updated On : Apr 22,2019   8:22 pm
New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) In a highly-anticipated repeat of the Asian Games 49kg final, Amit Panghal (52kg) knocked out the reigning Olympic gold medallist Hasanboy Dusmatov, while Kavinder Singh Bisht (56kg) stunned 2017 world champion Kairat Yeraliyev confirming four medals for India at the Asian Boxing Championships 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday. View More..

Men's hockey Chief Coach joins National Camp

    Updated On : Apr 22,2019   7:18 pm
Bengaluru, April 22 (IANS) Newly-appointed Indian men's hockey team Chief Coach Graham Reid has joined the on-going National Camp at the Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru Campus. Reid arrived here April 20 and got down to business soon after as he addressed the players and explained to them his expectations as a team. View More..