If Tokyo 2020 is any indication of what’s to come in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, we’re definitely in for a treat! In case you missed our posts, here’s a summary of what’s new for Tokyo 2020, and for fun, a teaser for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. Tokyo 2020 Robots Are Here! The last time Tokyo hosted an Olympics, they unveiled the bullet train. This time, they’re unveiling helpful robots! In addition to human volunteers, robots will also help assist visitors. Robots will help carry items, deliver food, guide visitors to their seats, and provide general information about the games. And like the bullet train, these robots will be sticking around well beyond the Olympics. In fact, the thinking behind using robots as day-to-day helpers began when Japan noticed that their aging population was growing, but that they still wanted to maintain their independence. New Sports Added There’s more to keep track of at the 2020 Summer Olympics! Five new sports have been added to the competition lineup: baseball/softball, karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding. Interesting Fact: Both baseball and softball were once Olympic sports. Baseball was added in 1992 and softball was added in 1998. However, both sports were removed from the Olympics in 2008. Why? The argument at the time was that Major League Baseball refused to send their players. So why bring baseball/softball back to the 2020 Olympics? Two simple reasons: Japan and the fans. Japan is a baseball-loving country and has all the right facilities to host baseball/softball games. Also, the fans! There is a professional baseball league on all continents except for Antarctica and Africa. We won’t say it’s more popular than soccer, but it’s up there! Paris 2024 Catching An Air Taxi? If you’re headed to the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics and landing at Charles de Gaulle International Airport, you might just have more than traditional ground transportation options for getting to your hotel in Paris. Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is working with French transport operator RATP Group to see if air taxis, also known as vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles, are a viable option for transporting visitors from the airport to the city center. It’ll be a fantastic place to showcase this new type of transportation, not to mention a much quicker ride, but there are still a lot of questions that need to be answered before air taxis are given the thumbs up. What are some of these questions, you might be wondering? Where will these air taxis be housed? How much will it cost to build a facility? Will the rides be affordable? So, will you be taking an air taxis during the 2024 Summer Olympics? We’ll have to wait and see. Breaking It In! Although the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is still exploring the possibility of adding video gaming to the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, one sport has already received a thumbs up from the committee: breaking, also known as breakdancing. Why breakdancing? According to the Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet, their “aim from the outset has been to highlight what has been the strength of the Games for 32 Olympiads now—the diversity of the sports and the excitement that comes with performance—while also taking the opportunity afforded by the IOC to enhance the programme and offer a new dimension.” We’ll know in December 2020 if breakdancing is officially added to the list of 2024 Summer Olympic sports. In the meantime, all you b-boys and b-girls, keep on breaking!
July 26, 2019