Tokyo 2020 Countdown

Tokyo 2020 Countdown

We only have a few more months to wait! The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics kick off on July 24, 2020, and we couldn’t be more excited. Get ready to watch more than 30 different sports and athletes winning nearly 5,000 medals, as we’re all glued to our television screens and social media feeds this summer. 

What to Expect: Significant Details

The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are significant for a few reasons.

For one, there are several new sports debuting, including karate, surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing. There are also new mixed-gender events and new events within existing sports (like BMX freestyle and 3x3 basketball), as well as sports returning to the Summer Olympics after a brief respite, such as baseball and softball. 

Additionally, Tokyo has made a real effort to make the 2020 Summer Olympics as sustainable and green as possible. In fact, in November, the event received an international sustainability certification, recognising its efforts.

As Japan and futuristic technology go hand in hand, visitors to the 2020 Summer Olympics will notice that the event is pretty tech-savvy, with, hospitality robots to help travellers much in the way a concierge or usher might.

Venues, Tickets and (Of Course) The Mascot

The last time Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics was in 1964, and in 2020 the city is re-using some of its old buildings from 1964 for the games, and building eight new venues and converting 35 existing venues for the event. 

About three-quarters of the tickets to the Summer Olympics have been reserved for Japanese nationals. However, you can try to get a ticket to see the games in person if you feel like you have a bit of luck on your side. CoSport is the lone ticket provider for Australians, and lists its available tickets, here.

The Tokyo 2020 mascot is a very Japanese-esque cartoon that kind of resembles a fox (if you squint). The cute lil’ blue-and-white animal-creature was selected by Japanese schoolchildren and is sure to capture the hearts of viewers around the world. 

 Australia in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics

 And, lastly, if you don’t keep up with the Australian Olympic teams, here are the basics.

- Australia will be sending 237 competitors to compete in 17 sports (as of now — qualifications are still underway for some sports).

- These sports in which Australia will be competing (thus far) include archery, artistic swimming, basketball, canoeing, cycling, diving, equestrian, field hockey, gymnastics, the modern pentathlon, rowing, rugby, sailing, shooting, softball, swimming and water polo.