The 2020 Summer Olympics tagged the games of the 32nd (xxxii) Olympiad and branded Tokyo 2020 Officially kick starts today and ends on eighth august this year in Tokyo, Japan.
However some preliminary events including Football, softball among others have commenced since last Wednesday.
Originally scheduled to take place from twenty-fourth July to nine august last Year, the Olympic event was postponed in march 2020 as a result of the Covid -19 pandemic while the event will now be held largely behind closed doors with no public spectators permitted under the state of emergency in Japan occasioned by Covid -19.
Despite being rescheduled for 2021, the event retains the Tokyo 2020 name for marketing and branding purposes.
This is also the first time the Olympic games have been postponed and rescheduled rather than being cancelled .
About eleven thousand two hundred and thirty eight athletes from two hundred and four Countries will be participating in three hundred and thirty-nine events across thirty-three sports.
Six new sports were introduced to the 2020 Tokyo games by the International Olympic committee including baseball, softball, surging, skate boarding, karate and sports climbing.
Renowned sports analyst Mr. Ejikeme Ikwunze bares his mind on 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Nigeria, the most popular black nation in the world will be participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games with sixty-one athletes who will represent the nation across nine sports events.
On expectations from the Nigerian Athletes at the Olympics, a sports commentator Mr. Prince Amaefule had this to say.
As the 2020 Olympic games officially commences today at the magnificent 0lympic stadium in Tokyo ,Japan, it is the expectations of the sporting populace that authorities in Japan, Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and the International organizing Committee(IOC) are to present a world class show piece worthy of the Olympics despite the challenges posed by the global Covid-19 pandemic while Nigerian’s from all works of life are expecting their athletes to clinch medals form the three hundred and thirty nine gold media is amongst others to be won at the thirty second Olympiad.