The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has revealed the host cities for the Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 Olympics, and they look great! The green and blue of the Tokyo 2020 games will be complemented by the yellow and black of the Paris 2024 games. Both cities will play host to an exciting Olympics. The Japanese city is expected to play host to many events for the first time ever, while the French capital is expected to stage some of the most exciting sports events ever.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be held from July 24th to August 9th, 2020. This will be the first time the Games have been held in Asia. Enthusiasts can follow our blog for complete coverage of the Olympics 2020.
The Tokyo International Olympic Committee has announced several important updates for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics. First, the 2020 Summer Games will be the first time that the Olympic Winter Games and the Paralympic Games will be held at the same time. This will make the 19th edition of the Tokyo Summer Games the first to be held in 2020.. Read more about tokyo olympics 2021 schedule and let us know what you think.
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Rather than a stadium packed of spectators and dignitaries, the stands will be almost empty for the opening ceremony, with athletes from across the globe waving to television cameras. Credit… The New York Times/Hiroko Masuike
TOKYO, JAPAN — The opening ceremony, which is typically a highlight of any Olympic Games, takes place on Friday. The pomp, speeches, and athlete march will all go place as normal, but without the zeal and enthusiasm of a typical Olympic event.
The stands will be almost empty, and instead of a stadium full of spectators and dignitaries, the world’s athletes will be waving to television cameras.
To top it off, whatever extravaganza is planned will be overshadowed by the fact that Kentaro Kobayashi, the ceremony’s creative director, was fired on Thursday when a video surfaced of him mocking the Holocaust.
The event has always been aired in the evening on NBC in the United States, however this year it will be broadcast live at 6:55 a.m. Eastern. The customary tape-delayed prime time showing is at 7:30 p.m., with a third showing at 1:38 a.m. on Saturday for night owls.
The Olympic Games officially begin on Friday, and although there isn’t much athletic competition to accompany the opening ceremony, there is a bit more than nothing.
When the tournament starts, archers will have a qualifying day to establish seedings. In addition, preliminary heats will be held in several rowing events.
Take a deep breath and relax. Starting on Saturday, a flood of sports, ranging from table tennis to sailing, will descend on the city for 18 days.
Last month, Matthew Centrowitz, on the right, competed in the Track and Field trials. Credit… The New York Times/Alexandra Garcia
The day after Friday’s opening ceremony, Matthew Centrowitz, the defending Olympic champion in the men’s 1,500 meters, will take to the track in Portland, Oregon, to attempt to break the American record in the men’s mile.
Many competitors’ pre-Olympic preparations have been disrupted by the epidemic, and many, like Centrowitz, are postponing their trips to Japan. Athletes participating in the Tokyo Olympics must wait until five days before their events to move into Olympic housing. Centrowitz’s first heats in the men’s 1,500 meters aren’t until Aug. 3, so he’s chosen to squeeze in one more stateside workout before leaving.
Centrowitz said on Instagram, “For the first time in my career, I’ve openly broadcasted a record attempt,” adding that it had came together “at the last second.”
Because track and field is in the second part of the Olympic calendar, American competitors have had to witness the build-up to the Games from afar. Despite an avalanche of pandemic-related procedures put in place by the Japanese government and Olympic authorities, many people are improvising – and praying for the best.
Sydney McLaughlin, the freshly minted world record holder in the women’s 400-meter hurdles, told reporters on Thursday morning that she would be departing for Tokyo on Saturday. McLaughlin, who has said that she has been vaccinated, revealed that she would be living at the athletes’ village, where positive cases have already been reported.
“I believe for all of us, it’s taking the measures and doing what we know will keep ourselves, our colleagues, and everyone safe,” she added. “I can’t be in charge of everything. But I can control how I deal with it and manage it psychologically, and for me, that means knowing that I’m doing everything I can and believing that God will take care of the rest.”
Will Claye, a three-time Olympic champion in the triple jump, said it was disappointing that a lot of first-time Olympians will miss out on marching in the opening ceremony. He reflected on his experience at the 2012 London Olympics.
He said, “I walked and was able to meet and take photos with several of my heroes.” “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because you never know when you’ll be back here.”
Of course, nothing about these Olympics is ordinary, and by the time Centrowitz walks onto a high school track in Portland on Saturday night, the Games will have already begun. In 2007, Alan Webb ran the mile in 3 minutes 46.91 seconds to establish the American record.
Centrowitz will try his hand at it in a live-streamed event, and he’ll do it with the assistance of those who won’t be there at the Olympics: fans.
Simone Biles has five Olympic gold and 25 world championship medals to her credit, as well as a number of techniques named after her. Credit… The New York Times/Chang W. Lee
Simone Biles now has an emoji to match her celebrity.
A jumping cartoon goat wearing a dazzling red gymnastics leotard with a gold medal wrapped over its neck will accompany Twitter hashtags of Biles’ entire name or even just her initial name. The emoji was revealed on Wednesday by the social media platform’s sports account.
Biles, 24, the most decorated gymnast in history, has often worn leotards bedazzled with a goat, a nod to the designation “Greatest of All Time.” Biles has five Olympic medals and 25 world championship medals and has several moves named after her.
She is part of a US team that is attempting to win the team gold medal for the third time in a row. The women’s gymnastics qualifying competition begins at 9 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday.
On the seas near Enoshima, southwest of Tokyo, where the sailing competition will take place, sailors practiced on Thursday. Credit… The New York Times’ James Hill
At Ibaraki Kashima Stadium, volunteers are preparing the pitch for the men’s soccer match between New Zealand and South Korea. Credit… The New York Times/David Mills
This weekend, Naomi Osaka will begin her quest for a gold medal with a first-round encounter. Credit… The New York Times/Hiroko Masuike
The opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is less than a day away, and the city of Tokyo is buzzing. Athletes are at training facilities making last-minute adjustments before their events begin, authorities are checking to ensure everything is safe and secure, and volunteers are rushing about to ensure everything runs well. Our photographers give you a firsthand account of what it’s like to be on the ground.
At the Shiokaze Park Beach Volleyball training site on Monday, officials hosed off the scorching sand while Canadian beach volleyball player Brandie Wilkerson and her partner Heather Bansley practiced. Credit: The New York Times/Doug Mills Security guards at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, where the opening ceremony will take place on Friday. Credit: The New York Times/Doug Mills On Monday, the Romanian women’s 3×3 basketball team practiced at the Chuo Sports Center. Credit… The New York Times/Chang W. Lee
On Wednesday, skateboarders in the men’s street competition practiced at the Ariake Urban Sports Park. Credit… The New York Times’ James Hill
The Brazilian surfer Italo Ferreira trained at Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach on Tuesday.Credit…Alexandra Garcia/The New York Times
Except for a few players engaging in a training session, Ariake Tennis Park was silent. Credit… The New York Times/Chang W. Lee
Athletes will march past a mostly empty Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, since most of the Games are closed to spectators. The performers for this year’s program have yet to be revealed. Credit… The New York Times/Chang W. Lee
The opening ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is nearly here, after a year of waiting. However, due to social distance and a lack of spectators, the ceremony, like the Games, will be quite different.
When will the opening ceremony take place?
The Olympics’ opening ceremony will take place in Tokyo on Friday night. However, because of the 13-hour time difference with Tokyo, it will be Friday morning in the United States’ Eastern time zone.
What is the best way for me to view it?
The ceremony will be aired live on NBC beginning at 6:55 a.m. Eastern time, marking the first time the network has ever broadcast the event live in the morning. NBC’s coverage will be hosted by Savannah Guthrie of “Today” and Mike Tirico of NBC Sports. The ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC Sports App and NBCOlympics.com.
Following that, NBC will air a special edition of “Today” with athlete interviews and an Olympic midday program.
The network will broadcast a packaged prime time version of the event on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, as it has done in previous years. For those who missed the previous broadcasts, the coverage will be repeated overnight.
In the Parade of Nations, who is heading Team USA?
The Parade of Nations is one of the highlights of the opening ceremony. Sue Bird, a four-time gold medalist in women’s basketball, and baseball player Eddy Alvarez, a 2014 silver medallist in speedskating, will be the flag bearers for the United States, leading a group of more than 230 athletes. (Team USA has a total of 613 athletes.)
Bird stated in a statement, “It’s a tremendous pleasure to be chosen as Team USA’s flag bearer.”
Alvarez, too, expressed his gratitude for the honor. “It is an honor and a pleasure to be chosen as one of the flag carriers for the opening ceremony by my fellow Team USA athletes. As a first-generation Cuban-American, my experience exemplifies the American ideal, according to Alvarez.
What are some of this year’s modifications to the ceremony?
Athletes will parade through a largely empty Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, as spectators have been barred from most of the Games. Performers at this year’s lineup have not yet been announced. And NBC has no plans to add background noise that mimics the fans in the stands throughout the Games, NBC Olympics executive producer Molly Solomon said during a call last week. That’s a departure from last year, when most broadcasters would pipe in recorded fans for games during the pandemic.
The opening ceremony takes place at a time when the games have already begun in Tokyo, and there are widespread fears about the virus. The infection rate in Tokyo has reached a six-month high. The rush of news of Olympic athletes testing positive, even some within the Olympic Village, is adding to the concern.
Is there anything more I should know?
In recent days, other news has also eclipsed the incident.
The Games’ organizers fired Kentaro Kobayashi, the ceremony’s artistic director, on Thursday after video evidence surfaced of him mocking the Holocaust in a 1990s comedy performance.
Mr. Kobayashi’s expulsion came after the composer who composed the opening ceremony’s music resigned when clips from interviews he gave in the 1990s admitting to serious bullying and mistreatment of handicapped students emerged on social media.
2019 will be the year of Taylor Crabb. Tri Bourne will take his position. Credit… Getty Images/Martin Rose
Taylor Crabb, a member of the US men’s beach volleyball team, will miss the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for the coronavirus shortly after arriving in Japan.
Crabb, 29, was on the verge of missing the Olympics entirely.
According to U.S.A. Volleyball, Crabb was the subject of a “code of conduct evaluation” that resulted in criteria that he needed to fulfill in order to compete. They wouldn’t say much more than that, but they did say he was in “excellent standing” with the group.
Crabb had broken a prior suspension for misbehavior with a young age girl, according to records seen by the Southern California News Group, and was banned until September 2021. His ban was reduced by an arbitrator, enabling him to compete in the Games.
Crabb said on his Instagram account, “I’ve experienced hardship before, and I will face it again, but it doesn’t take the sting off of the circumstance.”
Crabb, who claimed to be vaccinated, was scheduled to participate on Sunday with his partner, Jake Gibb. Tri Bourne will take his position. For the last three years, Bourne, 32, has worked with Crabb’s brother, Trevor.
According to a New York Times study, at least 91 individuals with Olympic credentials, including 10 competitors, have tested positive for the coronavirus in Japan thus far.
Crabb joins a growing list of Team USA players who will miss the Olympics. Katie Lou Samuelson, a 3×3 basketball player, tested positive on July 19. Kara Eaker, an alternate for the United States gymnastics team, tested positive on July 20.
Jill Biden, the first lady of the United States, arrived at Yokota Air Base on Thursday to attend the Tokyo Olympics’ opening ceremony. Kyodo/Reuters/Kyodo/Reuters/Reuters/Reuters/Reuters/Reuters/Reuters/Reuters/Reuters/
On her first foreign trip as first lady, Jill Biden landed in Japan on Thursday for the opening of the Tokyo Olympics, a two-day mission aimed at creating excitement for an event overshadowed and hampered by the coronavirus epidemic.
Dr. Biden arrived in Tokyo’s Yokota Air Base, where she was greeted by a Japanese diplomatic team before riding in a motorcade to the Akasaka Palace for a dinner with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife, Mariko Suga.
According to The Associated Press, her travel occurred as Covid-19 cases in Japan reached a six-month high, driven by the infectious Delta strain.
Dr. Biden, who was heading a reduced U.S. delegation, was set to see Ms. Suga at the palace on Friday morning, followed by a “virtual get-together” with members of the U.S. Olympic team and her participation at the Olympic Stadium opening ceremony.
Dr. Biden’s job in Tokyo is a typical one for a political spouse who was supposed to portray warmth and passion on behalf of her husband during a 2020 campaign in which public events were sanitized and socially distant, if they were performed at all.
To prevent the virus from spreading, the organizers of this year’s games have prohibited alcohol from the venues, severely restricted attendance at most events, and placed other limits on fan conduct.
Dr. Biden made an impassioned appeal for Alaskans to be vaccinated to save lives and hasten the return to normalcy during a refueling break in Anchorage late Wednesday on way to Japan.
“Even as we rejoice in our achievements, we recognize that this last push will be the most difficult of all,” Dr. Biden remarked.
“Recently, a lady approached me to express her gratitude for the efforts our government has done to get vaccinations in arms,” she said. “When she informed me she had lost four family members to Covid last year, she fought back tears. Four.”
Kentaro Kobayashi is the second opening ceremony artistic director to resign. Credit… Shutterstock/Kimimasa Mayama/EPA[A complete guide to live-streaming the Opening Ceremony.]
TOKYO, JAPAN — The artistic director of the delayed Tokyo Olympics, Kentaro Kobayashi, was fired only one day before the opening ceremony when video evidence of him making light of the Holocaust in a comedy performance in the 1990s surfaced.
Seiko Hashimoto, Japan’s Olympics minister, said she heard about the routine on Wednesday, sounding weary following a slew of controversies involving the Games and the creative team behind the opening ceremony in particular. Kobayashi made a remark about “massacring Jews” while miming the process of cutting up paper human figures in the comedy. According to her, the organizing committee decided to fire him “immediately.”
Kobayashi stated in a statement that he regretted the routine after filming it and “began trying to produce comedy that don’t harm people.”
“I recognize that my choice of words was incorrect and regret it,” he stated in a statement. “I apologize to anybody who was offended.”
Kobayashi had “made a mockery of a terrible historic event in the past,” according to the organizing committee, and apologized “for having caused difficulties and worries to many stakeholders, including citizens of Tokyo and Japan.”
In contrast to Kobayashi’s quick dismissal, Keigo Oyamada, a composer who wrote music for the opening ceremony, resigned last week after snippets from interviews he gave in the 1990s admitting to serious bullying and mistreatment of handicapped students emerged on social media.
Oyamada apologized at first, and it seemed that he would retain his position, but a massive social media campaign forced him to leave. Mr. Oyamada should have been fired sooner, according to Hashimoto.
Kobayashi is the second opening ceremony artistic director to resign. Hiroshi Sasaki resigned in March when a magazine reported that while suggesting her participation in the event, he likened a famous comedian and plus-size fashion designer to a pig. Sasaki’s departure occurred only weeks after Yoshiro Mori, the previous head of the Tokyo organizing committee, quit over inappropriate remarks regarding women.
Some on Twitter questioned why Kobayashi was dismissed over an outdated routine, while others argued that his firing was insufficient. One user commented, “Kentaro Kobayashi’s removal after the Holocaust skit was discovered in the past is a fast measure.” “But, during tomorrow’s opening ceremony, will they do what this man directed?” Is the issue resolved just because he was fired?”
When asked whether she regretted continuing with the Games despite the unfolding controversies and increasing coronavirus infections in the Olympic Village, Hashimoto said that the Tokyo organizers are “facing every single conceivable issue.” “We want you to remember Tokyo for overcoming a lot of difficulties and succeeding,” she added.
On Sunday, the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo’s Chiyoda district hosted a concert. Credit… The New York Times/Hiroko Masuike
Scientists believe the finding of isolated coronavirus infections, even among vaccinated athletes, during the Tokyo Olympics is completely anticipated and not reason for concern.
Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, stated, “This isn’t really that surprising.”
Nonetheless, these instances pose difficult issues about how to establish testing systems — and how to react to test findings — at this stage of the pandemic, when the uneven deployment of vaccinations means that some individuals and areas are well protected from the virus while others remain vulnerable.
“When does a positive test truly imply that there is a problem?” said Dr. Rasmussen.
Covid-19 tests, which were previously very restricted, are now readily accessible in most industrialized countries, allowing institutions such as private companies, schools, professional sports leagues, and Olympic organizers to screen individuals for the virus on a regular basis.
Olympic competitors are not obliged to get vaccinated, and authorities in Tokyo are relying largely on testing to keep the virus at bay. According to the Olympic playbooks, or manuals, anyone going to the Games must submit two negative tests conducted on different days within 96 hours before departing for Japan, regardless of immunization status.
Within 72 hours after departure, at least one of the two exams must be completed. When the participants arrive at the airport, they are evaluated once again.
Antigen tests, which are less sensitive than P.C.R. testing but are usually faster and less expensive, are also required of athletes, coaches, and officials on a regular basis. (Depending on their degree of contact with athletes and authorities, Olympic employees and volunteers may be tested less often.) A P.C.R. test is used if the results of a test are ambiguous or positive.
“Every step of filtration reduces the danger for everyone else,” Brian McCloskey, head of the International Olympic Committee’s Independent Expert Panel, told reporters this week, adding that the number of confirmed illnesses so far is “lower than we expected.”
Questions about transmission remain unsettled. Vaccinated people with asymptomatic or breakthrough infections may still be able to pass the virus on to others, but it is not yet clear how often that happens. Until that science is more definitive, or until vaccination rates rise, it is best to err on the side of safety and regular testing, many experts said.
When you search that hard for illnesses, particularly in a group of individuals who have just flown in from all over the world and have different degrees of vaccination availability, you’re almost certain to discover some.
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