Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics one year away


 (NBC) – With one year until the opening ceremony, here’s a preview of 20 things to expect at the next Olympics, the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

1. While this is the third time the Japanese capital has been awarded the games, Tokyo has hosted the Olympics only once — in 1964.

The city was originally scheduled to host the 1940 Summer Games, but they were moved to Helsinki after war broke out between Japan and China in 1937. Three years later, the games were canceled because of World War II.

2. You might expect Tokyo 2020 to have a mascot worthy of Japan’s anime obsession, and the six shortlisted designs don’t disappoint.

The final decision is in the hands of 6.5 million students at the country’s primary schools.

The winner will be announced on Feb. 28.

3. The emblem for the next Olympics was left to the adults and has already been unveiled — a circular pattern made up of rectangular shapes in indigo blue.

Tokyo 2020 organizers say the design represents “unity in diversity” and a “refined elegance.”

4. After sending 22 athletes to PyeongChang — including 12 players on a unified Korean women’s hockey team — North Korea is expected to compete at the Summer Games.

However, it’s too early to tell what relationship the team might have with South Korea. IOC President Thomas Bach says he plans to visit North Korea this year.

5. Competition venues will be spread into two themed areas, the “Heritage” and the “Tokyo Bay” zones.

The “Heritage” zone includes some of the sites used during the Tokyo 1964 Summer Games. The “Tokyo Bay” zone will showcase events like canoe slalom, tennis and BMX.

The two zones intersect to form an infinity symbol with the Athletes’ Village at that point.

6. The Tokyo Games will feature 339 gold medals.

More than 11,000 athletes and 206 nations are expected to participate.

Russia will need to get its IOC suspension lifted to take part in the games. The IOC is also discussing forming a Refugee Olympic Team again after its debut at Rio 2016.

7. Skateboarding will become an Olympic sport — meaning we could see Shaun White competing in Tokyo. After winning his third gold medal in snowboarding at PyeongChang, White says he’d “love to live out my dream of going to the Summer Olympics.”

8. Organizers are calling on residents of Japan to turn in their old cellphones.

Precious metal from phones and other electronic devices is being salvaged and recycled to produce the gold, silver, and bronze medals that will be presented to winning athletes.

9. The Tokyo Games — which will run July 24 to Aug. 9, 2020 — will boast five more sports than Rio, taking the total number to 33.

Four new sports meant to draw a younger audience are surfing, skateboarding, sport climbing and karate.

Last seen at Beijing 2008, baseball and softball are due to return. Team USA won bronze in baseball during those games, finishing behind South Korea and Cuba.

Team Japan is the reigning softball gold medallist.

10. Work is underway on a new National Olympic Stadium, on the site of the original 1964 Olympic Stadium and at a cost estimated at more than $1 billion.

It will be home to the opening and closing ceremonies along with athletic events.

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