The Olympic Games is an international multi-sport event held at the global level in which enormous countries participate in various sporting events. The Olympics were first held around 2,800 years ago, earlier they were known as, “OLYMPIAD” which was held in Greece. Then in 1892, after 1500 years, a French educator named Baron Pierre de Coubertin initiated the Olympics again, and they got approval in 1894 from the committee. After two years, the first Olympics were held in Athens, Greece. Now, the Olympics are organized every two years in different countries.
The emblem of the Olympics has five rings on a white flag that are interconnected to each other. Each ring has its colour and significance. They signify 5 different continents as Blue-Europe, Yellow-Asia, Black-Africa, Green-Australia, and Red-America. These rings are also known as Olympic Rings.
Tokyo is the Host of the Olympics 2020
This time, the Olympics were organized in Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo is the first city in Asia that, organise the Olympic games for the second time. Firstly, they hosted the Olympics in October 1964. Tokyo city has renovated its 43 venues for the Olympics 2020 out of which 25 were the built ones while 8 are new and 10 are temporary. Tokyo is the only city that hosted the Olympics twice, earlier in 1964 and now in 2021.
Time & Theme of Olympics 2020
The Olympics were initially to begin on July 24, 2020, and to end on Aug 9, 2020, but due to the coronavirus outbreak, they were postponed to 2021. They are organized from July 23, 2021, to Aug 8, 2021. The origin of the Olympics was held on July 23, 2021, while the ending was on August 8, 2021. Both the events took place at the same venue.
Basically, the motto of the Olympics is “Citius-Altius-Fortius”, which means “Faster-Higher-Stronger”. For Olympics 2020, the theme was “United by Emotion”, which means the “unifying power of sports”. The first time a new theme was introduced in the Olympics.
There were 339 events in 33 sports held in the Olympics, which included basketball, skiing, gymnastics, swimming, badminton, volleyball, golf, baseball/ softball, and many more. Ancient Olympics sports were boxing, running, wrestling, pentathlon, etc. Modern Olympic sports include motor boating, polo, tug-of-war, etc. However, newly added sports are squash, wakeboard, wushu, etc.
A total of 205 nations participated in the Olympics from which a total of 11,091 athletes competed with other nations in many ways like single-player, double-player, or as a team. The countries that competed in the Olympics were Belgium, China, France, Itay, India, Latvia, Mongolia, Serbia, and many more.
Some athletes were as young as 12 years named Hend Zaza on Syrian table tennis and also some athletes were there in their 60s, named Mary Hanna and Andrew Hoy. The United States has sent the highest number of athletes to the event, i.e, 657 athletes. While thirteen nations like Marshall, Nauru, South Sudan, Tuvalu, etc. were nations that had sent the lowest number of athletes to the event.
Attainments of the Countries and Athletes
Let us take a look at the achievements of the Tokyo Olympics 2020. It was a huge moment for Tokyo to host the Olympics. The Olympic Federation made medals very significantly. The medals were made with rough stones and then polished to make them shine. The design of the medal symbolises diversity. It also represents the world in which an honour was given to the people who work hard and compete in sports.
Every country played very well in the Olympics and achieved milestones. Here are some statistics of the Olympics 2020:-
- USA ranked 1st by winning the highest number of medals, i.e, 113 medals in which 39 are golds, 41 are silvers and 33 are bronze medals.
- China ranked 2nd by winning 88 medals, including 38 golds, 32 silvers, and 18 bronze medals.
- Japan holds the 3rd position and won 58 medals, including 27 golds, 14 silvers, and 17 bronze medals.
- India also played very well and holds the 48th position in the Olympics by winning 7 medals, including 1 gold, 2 silvers, and 4 bronzes.
After discussing the achievements of the countries, it’s time to talk about the performance of hard-working athletes.
- Caeleb Dressel from USA won 5 gold medals in the Olympics and holds the 1st position.
- Emma McKeon holds the 2nd position by winning 4 golds and 3 silver medals, i.e, 7 medals in total.
- Indian athlete Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal in the Javelin throw. After 41 years, India’s men’s hockey team won the bronze medal which was a very proud moment for India.
The above-mentioned data were the achievements of the countries and their hard-working athletes. We congratulate them for their hard work and wish them good luck for their future matches.
Tokyo Olympics 2020 are organized very well and successfully done. We congratulate all the participants who got bronze, silver, and gold medals for their respective countries. It was a very proud moment for every nation who got a medal or participated in the Olympic 2020. This will help athletes to gain more opportunities. This will help the nations promote sports in the schools or colleges and encourage them to take part in sports. It will also inspire the new generation to take part in sports and motivate them to do their best.