Everything is finally ready for the Tokyo Olympics 2021. The Olympic Games will be held from 23 July to 8 August, for a total of 17 days of competitions. It is the fourth time that Japan has hosted the sporting competition. The first was 57 years ago, in 1964, followed by Sapporo 1972 and Nagano 1998, but in these two cases it was the Winter Games.
The opening ceremony, in which athletes from all over the world will parade, is expected on July 23rd at the National Stadium in Tokyo. There is a protocol to be respected that will end with the lighting of the Olympic brazier by a torchbearer who, for this year's edition, was to be 118-year-old Kane Tanaka.
However, the oldest woman in the world has given up due to the increase in Covid infections in the area where she lives and, at the moment, it is not known who will replace her. The schedule of the opening ceremony program normally includes references to the culture of the host country, while the countries are presented in alphabetical order first in English, then in French and then in their own language.
The only exceptions are for Greece, which parades first as the country where the Olympics were born, and for Japan which parades last as the host country.
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The Olympic torch is made up of 30% aluminum waste from the houses where the Japanese took refuge after the 2011 Fukushima earthquake.
The remaining 70% is in pink gold, a color that recalls the "sakura", the flower of Cherry tree. The path is symbolic and started right in Fukushima. Although the official start date of the Olympic Games is 23rd July, some tastings will also take place in the previous days: starting on 21 July, when the first softball and football matches will be played.
The competitions will begin on 23 July with archery and rowing. Most of the races will be held in Tokyo, with some exceptions in other areas of Japan. For example, to limit the effects of the heat, the march and marathon will be held in Sapporo, while the surfing competitions will be at Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach, 90 km from the Japanese capital.
The novelty of the XXXII edition of the Olympics is that five new disciplines will be added to the traditional ones of the competition: climbing, karate, baseball / softball, skateboarding and surfing. There should be 207 nations that will participate in the 2021 Olympic Games.
Absent will be Russia, deferred by the world anti-doping agency WADA in 2019 from world competitions for 4 years, and North Korea, officially for fear of infections from Covid-19.