2020 is already shaping up to be a big year. The roaring 20’s will start with a bang, with lots of elections looming, but one more light-hearted event set to take place in 2020 is the Summer Olympics! The Summer Olympics are a huge event for the world, but here in the US, we love tuning in to watch our favorite athletes and rooting for victory. 

Here’s what we know about the 2020 Summer Olympics so far. 

  1. The location & date

The 2020 summer Olympics will take place in Tokyo, Japan. They are currently scheduled to take place between July 24th and August 9th, a perfect way to end the summer. Tokyo was announced as this year’s host all the way back in 2013, so this has been a long time in the making. The next Summer Olympics will be held in Paris in 2024. In between that, we’ll have the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. 

  1. The mascots

The mascot for the 2020 Olympics is “Maraitowa” an indigo character whose personality is “derived from a traditional Japanese proverb that means to learn old things well and to acquire new knowledge from them.”  The mascot is designed to promote eternal peace, which seems well-aligned with the work of the Olympics, but we’ll see how it looks when it comes to life. 

  1. The sports

The summer Olympics in Tokyo will include most of the sports we know and love — including swimming, gymnastics, soccer, volleyball, tennis– but there will also be some new additions to the line-up as well as a few new events within well-known sports. Baseball, softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing have all made the cut and it’ll be interesting to see how they are received this year, and if that impacts their future inclusion in the games. There will be 33 total sports in the Tokyo Olympics. 

  1. America’s chances

So, as per usual, America is expected to dominate in the summer Olympics. The US has the most medals of any country in the history of the summer games, over 2500. The nearest competitor is the USSR, which is no longer a thing, with just over a thousand. Russia, for the record, has 426, Britain 847, and China 541. The US actually has more gold medals than other countries have total medals. Impressive, right? There’s a reason the US turns out to watch the Olympics. It’s fun to watch us win! But of course, cockiness isn’t cute if you can’t follow through, so expect a lot of debate about rivalries within the sports and some people rooting for the underdog. 

  1. The politics of it all

The Olympics always have some sort of political undertone–whether it’s the inclusion of certain countries, other countries choosing not to come, doping, underage gymnasts, you name it. It’s hard to predict what the political scandal of this summer games will be, but with Russia & the US and the US & Iran always going in circles, it’ll be one to watch. There’s also been a real interest in fighting against doping and the role drugs play in performance enhancement, so expect lots of reporting on that whenever someone performs exceptionally well. 

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member