Written by Gracie Ostertag
The 29nd Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo, Japan after being postponed and rescheduled for the first time in history. The IOC wants the games to serve as a “beacon of hope” for all endured by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the games and medals will be labeled the “Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.” The opening ceremony took place this morning at 7am EST and will be rebroadcast at 7:30pm EST tonight for those who chose to sleep in.
All events will take place without fans, as Japan has declared a new state of emergency due to Covid. Originally, 10,000 local fans were going to be allowed, but given the rising cases in Japan, this is no longer permissible. The Tokyo Olympic President, Seiko Hashimoto stated, “The priority will be to determine safe and secure Games.”
There are some new sport additions to look out for while watching all the action, though. After being removed from the 2008 Olympic Games, baseball and softball return, with other sporting events making their Olympic debuts include skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing, and karate. According to PBS, the addition of these sports is “part of an effort to attract a younger viewership and encourage young athletes to aspire to compete in the Olympic Games.”
Our team here at Player’s Health is pumped up to watch the Olympics and cheer on athletes from our home countries of Canada, USA, Ukraine, Russia, the Philippines, and more. We encourage you to take a look back at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics to build excitement for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. These athletes are ready to proudly represent 206 expected countries; showcasing skills after years of overcoming adversity, relentless effort, and dedication to their selective sport. Five years later and it’s time for Olympic athletes to perform, inspire and dare to set records.