It’s official: The 2020 Summer Olympic Games have been postponed. For months there were rumors that it would happen, but neither the Tokyo Organizing Committee nor the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made any official announcements until now. In fact, the tradition of lighting the Olympic flame happened as planned near the Temple of Hera in Ancient Olympia, Greece, on March 12th, and the torch continued its journey throughout Greece and then to Japan. But despite the growing calls from athletes to postpone the games (the world is fighting a nasty and deadly bugger called the novel coronavirus, after all), the organizers continued to move forward. Then large countries such as Canada and Australia announced that they would not be putting their athletes’ health and safety at risk and would therefore not be participating in the games. After months of speculation, the Tokyo Organizing Committee and the IOC finally decided to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympic Games to the summer of 2021.
Why did it take so long for Japan and the IOC to make this decision? Hosting the Olympic Games doesn’t just happen overnight. Japan has planned for the games since it was selected to host the event seven years ago—that’s seven years of planning for one of the biggest events in the world! Countries spend billions of dollars to ensure that the Olympics are a spectacular event. From improving infrastructure to erecting brand new buildings to hiring hundreds of thousands of people, a lot of time, money, and effort go into making sure that the Olympics are just perfect.
As the world waits another year for the XXXII Summer Olympic Games, we’re sharing some of the spectacular things that we’ll be seeing at the games in 2021.
Robots have been a part of our lives for a long time now (hello! self-roaming vacuum cleaners), but they become more and more advanced every year. Case in point? At the Tokyo Summer Olympics, robots will be greeting visitors and helping them to their seats. Check out what else they’ll be doing here.
Speaking of robots, two of Japan’s most popular animated robots, Gundam and Zaku, rocketed to outer space in a mini satellite named “G Satellite Go To Space” in March. The reason for their trip? While the organizers will be welcoming the world to the Olympics on Earth, the animated robots were set to welcome the world to the Summer Olympics from outer space!
Who else will be welcoming visitors to the games? Miraitowa! Miraitowa is the XXXII Summer Olympics mascot. He can teleport wherever he wants, is known to be cheerful and athletic, and has a strong sense of integrity.
When the Summer Olympics take place in 2021, Japan will be welcoming now eleven-year-old Hend Zaza. She will be the youngest athlete at the games. Learn more about her here.
For the first time in Summer Olympics’ history, athletes will be competing in skateboarding, karate, sport climbing, and surfing. And making a return to the games? Baseball and softball.
We’re looking forward to the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2021. Are you? What sport are you most looking forward to watching? Email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org.