The much awaited Games of the XXXII Olympiad, popularly known as Tokyo Olympics 2020, have finally began from July 23, 2021 and will end on August 8, 2021 in the capital city of Japan. The 2020 Summer Olympics got delayed by exactly a year due to safety concerns over COVID-19 pandemic as per the joint decision taken by the then PM of Japan Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee’s president Thomas Bach. It is the first time that the Summer Olympic Games got postponed although it have been cancelled three times previously in 1916, 1940 and 1944 all due to the two World Wars.

The 2020 Summer Paralympics will follow up from 24 August to 5 September in Tokyo itself.

The Motto and the Mascot

The Olympics motto is “Citius, Altius , Fortius” , that is “ Faster, Higher, Stronger” although to reflect the gravity of the pandemic situation in which the Olympics are being conducted the motto has been slightly changed to “Faster, Higher , Stronger – Together” . The host city has its own motto of “United by Emotion” for 2020 Games.

Tokyo 2020 mascot is Miraitowa , combination of Japanese words “mirai” meaning “ future” and “towa” meaning “eternity”. For Paralympics the mascot is Someity, named after a type of cherry blossom.

Under the Shadow of COVID-19

After one year halt, the players will be competing with no fans to cheer them up and boost their morale this Summer Olympics. Fans are cheering their players via video calling facilities installed at sports venues. In India, citizens have showered wishes with #Cheer4India campaign trending on various social media platforms.

Undertaking the safety precautions, strict quarantine rules have been laid out, athletes will be tested daily, and proper sanitization of event venues is also being made sure. Despite all this number of Covid cases is emerging and thus International Olympic committee has recently released Sport-Specific Regulations that specify the future circumstances in case an athlete tests Covid-positive.

The Sports

This Olympics will showcase the performance of 11,326 athletes in 339 events of 33 different sports, covering 50 disciplines in total. 5 new sports will feature for the first time in 2020 Games, which are Baseball or Softball, Karate, Skateboard, Sports Climbing and Surfing. Also, 15 new events will be added within the existing sports, including 3*3 basketball freestyle BMX, Madison cycling etc.

Following is the list of sports featured Tokyo Olympics 2020:

1.3×3 Basketball
2.Archery
3.Artistic Gymnastics
4.Artistic Swimming
5.Athletics
6.Badminton
7.Baseball/ Softball
8.Basketball
9.Beach Volleyball
10.Boxing
11.Canoe Slalom
12.Canoe Sprint
13.Cycling BMX Freestyle
14.Cycling BMX Racing
15.Cycling Mountain Bike
16.Cycling Road
17.Cycling Track
18.Diving
19.Equestrian
20.Fencing
21.Football
22.Golf
23.Handball
24.Hockey
25.Judo
26.Karate
27.Marathon Swimming
28.Modern Pentathlon
29.Rhythmic Gymnastics
30.Rowing
31.Rugby
32.Sailing
33.Shooting
34.Skateboarding
35.Sport Climbing
36.Surfing
37.Swimming
38.Table Tennis
39.Taekwondo
40.Tennis
41.Trampoline Gymnastics
42.Triathlon
43.Volleyball
44.Water Polo
45.Weightlifting
46.Wrestling

The controversies

Initially it was decided by the IOC to drop Wrestling from its list of sports on the grounds of paucity of “well-known talent” in the sport but after facing backlash from various sports authorities and media outlets worldwide the decision has been reversed.

It’s also interesting to note that Russian Olympians are representing ROC, or Russian Olympic Committee, instead of their country Russia as Russia has been banned from participating in any international sports event till December 2022 by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) following a doping scandal.

Quite recently Germany’s female gymnasts made headlines by wearing full-body unitards instead of traditional bikini-cut leotards to mark a statement against “sexualisation in the sport”.

Where can you watch Olympics in India?

Sony Sports Network has got the broadcasting rights for Olympics 2020 and it will be live-streamed on SonyLIV app and website online. Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 2 and Sony SIX will broadcast the events with English commentary and Sony TEN3 with Hindi Commentary. DD sport and DD national will simulcast the Olympic Games.

India at Tokyo 2020

With finest athletes to represent this is the biggest contingent India has so far sent totalling 127 athletes and so the hopes are definitely up to improve on the previous Rio Olympics’ one bronze and one silver. The flag bearers for the opening ceremony were flyweight boxer MC Mary Kom and Hockey Team Captain Manpreet Singh.

Below is the list of Indian athletes at Tokyo Olympics 2020:

Archery

1.Tarundeep Rai, Men’s Recurve
2.Atanu Das, Men’s Recurve
3.Pravin Jadhav, Men’s Recurve
4.Deepika Kumari, Women’s Recurve

Athletics

1.KT Irfan, Men’s 20km race walking
2.Sandeep Kumar, Men’s 20km race walking
3.Rahul Rohilla, Men’s 20km race walking
4.Gurpreet Singh, Men’s 50km race walking
5.Bhawna Jat, Women’s 20km race walking
6.Priyanka Goswami, Women’s 20km race walking
7.Avinash Sable, Men’s 3000m steeplechase
8.Murali Sreeshankar, Men’s long jump
9.MP Jabir, Men’s 400m hurdles
10.Neeraj Chopra, Men’s javelin throw
11.Shivpal Singh, Men’s javelin throw
12.Annu Rani, Women’s javelin throw
13.Tajinderpal Singh Toor, Men’s shot put
14.Dutee Chand, Women’s 100m and 200m
15.Kamalpreet Kaur, Women’s discus throw
16.Seema Punia, Women’s discus throw
17.4×400 Mixed Relay
18.Men’s 4x400m Relay

Badminton

1. PV Sindhu, Women’s singles
2. B Sai Praneeth, Men’s singles
3. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, Men’s doubles

Boxing

1.Vikas Krishan (Men’s, 69kg)
2.Lovlina Borgohain (Women’s, 69kg)
3.Ashish Kumar (Men’s, 75kg)
4.Pooja Rani (Women’s, 75kg)
5.Satish Kumar (Men’s, 91kg)
6.Mary Kom (Women’s, 51kg)
7.Amit Panghal (Men’s, 52kg)
8.Manish Kaushik (Men’s, 63kg)
9.Simranjit Kaur (Women’s, 60kg)

Equestrian

Fouaad Mirza is the first Indian Equestrian to represent India at Olympics.

Fencing

Bhavani Devi is the first Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympics.

Golf

1.Anirban Lahiri
2.Udayan Mane
3.Aditi Ashok

Gymnastics

Pranati Nayak is second gymnast to represent India after Dipa Karmakar. The 4th placed in Rio Olympics pulled out of Tokyo Olympics due to injury.

Hockey

1.Men’s National Team, led by Manpreet Singh
2.Women’s National Team, led by Rani Rampal

Judo

Sushila Devi Likmabam

Rowing

Arjun Jat and Arvind Singh, men’s lightweight double sculls event

Sailing

1.Nethra Kumanan, Laser Radial
2.Vishnu Saravanan, Laser Standard
3.KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar, 49er

Shooting

1.Anjum Moudgil, 10m Women’s Air Rifle
2.Apurvi Chandela, 10m Women’s Air Rifle
3.Divyansh Singh Panwar, 10m Men’s Air Rifle
4.Deepak Kumar, 10m Men’s Air Rifle
5.Tejaswini Sawant, 50m Women’s Rifle 3 Position
6.Sanjeev Rajput, 50m Men’s Rifle 3 Position
7.Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar, 50m Men’s Rifle 3 Position
8.Manu Bhaker, 10m Women’s Air Pistol
9.Yashaswini Singh Deswal, 10m Women’s Air Pistol
10.Saurabh Chaudhary, 10m Men’s Air Pistol
11.Abhishek Verma, 10m Men’s Air Pistol
12.Rahi Sarnobat, 25m Women’s Pistol
13.Chinki Yadav, 25m Women’s Pistol (replaced by Elavenil Valarivan)
14.Angad Veer Singh Bajwa, Men’s Skeet
15.Mairaj Ahmad Khan, Men’s Skeet

Swimming

1.Sajan Prakash, men’s 200m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly
2.Srihari Nataraj, men’s 100m backstroke
3.Maana Patel, women’s 100m backstroke

Table Tennis

1.Sharath Kamal
2.Sathiyan Gnanasekaran
3.Sutirtha Mukherjee
4.Manika Batra

Tennis

1.Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina, Women’s Doubles
2.Sumit Nagal, Men’s Singles

Weightlifting

Mirabai Chanu was the sole hope of India in weightlifting and she didn’t let us down. She has opened the medal tally for India with her Silver medal. She is only second women after Karnam Malleswari to win a medal in weightlifting.

Wrestling

1.Seema Bisla, Women’s Freestyle, 50kg
2.Vinesh Phogat, Women’s Freestyle 53kg
3.Anshu Malik, Women’s Freestyle 57kg
4.Sonam Malik, Women’s Freestyle 62kg
5.Ravi Kumar Dahiya, Men’s Freestyle 57kg
6.Bajrang Punia, Men’s Freestyle 65kg
7.Deepak Punia, Men’s Freestyle 86 kg

In Conclusion

India is looking forward to improve its best performance of 2012 London Olympics where it won 6 medals in total, 2 Silver and 4 bronze. So far, after a week into the Games there is only one medal in 2020 Tokyo Olympics by Mirabai Chanu but the hopes are high.

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