The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

All about the background to Tokyo's successful bid for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games...

Tokyo has won the right to host the 2020 Olympics, or what is officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad. The event is scheduled to run from July 24 to August 9, 2020. This will be the second time that Tokyo has hosted the Summer Olympics, the first being in 1964, thereby giving it the honour of hosting the Games twice. Tokyo has also received the honour of hosting the 2020 Summer Paralympics, which will take place between August 25 and September 6, 2020. The Tokyo 2020 team is excited to set the stage for the Paralympic Games after hosting it in 1964, when the Paralympics was in its infancy.

The theme of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games is "Discover Tomorrow". Both Games will showcase the strong values of the Japanese people and their passion for innovation and changing technology for a better tomorrow, and to uphold and honour the Olympic values that have been passed on from generation to generation.

Tokyo won the bid at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 7, 2013. It capitalised on its reputation as a “safe pair of hands” despite the growing concerns about the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

The Tokyo metropolitan government is setting aside a budget of ¥400 billion to cover the expenses. Tokyo is also studying the possibility of increasing slot capacity at its international airports, namely Haneda and Narita, by easing airspace restrictions. The expansion of the Tokyo station is being planned to link both airports. Moreover, funding is also being prepared for the completion and refurbishing of expressways.

It was also confirmed that the National Olympic Stadium will be utilised and upgraded for the opening and closing ceremonies and the track and field events. The landfill on the Harumi waterfront located at the Chuo Ward will be the venue of the Olympic Village. It will then be converted into condominiums, apartments and other structures after the games. The government will utilise existing venues and most of the locations are within eight kilometres of the Olympic village. Eleven venues are scheduled to be constructed, including a new swimming arena and an 80,000-seat stadium that are being billed as its Olympic legacy.