Sunday August 9th, 2020
Fifty-six years after having organized the Olympic Games, the Japanese capital will be hosting a Summer edition for the second time, from July 24 to August 9, 2020. The Games in 1964 radically transformed the country. According to the organizers of the event in 2020, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad of the modern era will be “the most innovative ever organized, and will rest on three fundamental principles to transform the world: striving for your personal best (achieving your personal best); accepting one another (unity in diversity); and passing on a legacy for the future (connecting to tomorrow)”.
Aligning with the reforms advocated by Olympic Agenda 2020, the Tokyo Games will use as many existing competition venues as possible, namely those built for the Games in 1964, such as the prestigious Nippon Budokkan for judo, the Baji Koen Park for equestrian events, and the Yoyogi National Gymnasium for handball. The Tokyo National Stadium, where the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and athletics competitions will be staged, will be completely revamped and replaced by a new arena.
Japan has been an Olympic land since the Summer Games of 1964, which were the first to be staged in Asia. In 2020, the country will host its fourth Games, if we include the Winter Games of 1972 in Sapporo and of 1998 in Nagano.
The marathon results and photo are from the Olympics in Rio 2016.
|Male||2:08:44||ELIUD KIPCHOGE ROTICH||33||Kenya|
|2nd Male||2:09:54||Feyisa Lilesa||28||Ethiopia|
|3rd Male||2:10:05||Galen Ruup||31||USA|
|4th Male||2:11:04||Ghirmay Ghebreslassie||22||Eritrea|
|Female||2:24:04||JEMIMA JELAGAT SUMGONG||33||Kenya|
|2nd Female||2:24:13||Eunice Jepkirui||33||Bahrain|
|3rd Female||2:24:30||Mare Dibaba||28||Ethiopia|
|4th Female||2:24:47||Tirfi Tsegaye||33||Ethiopia|
On September 7, 2013, the International Olympic Committee awarded the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020 to Tokyo, which was chosen over fellow Candidate Cities Istanbul and Madrid after two rounds of voting during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires.
Tokyo received 60 votes to Istanbul’s 36 in the final round, with Madrid having been eliminated in the first round after losing a tie-breaker with Istanbul. Tokyo, which also bid for the 2016 Olympic Games, previously hosted the Games in 1964.
“Congratulations to the city of Tokyo on its election as host of the 2020 Olympic Games,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge.. “Tokyo presented a very strong technical bid from the outset – and it needed to in competition with two such high-caliber bids from Istanbul and Madrid. All three cities were capable of staging excellent Games in 2020, but in the end it was Tokyo’s bid that resonated the most with the IOC membership, inviting us to “discover tomorrow” by delivering a well-organized and safe Games that will reinforce the Olympic values while demonstrating the benefits of sport to a new generation.”
The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee (Tokyo 2020) and the Tokyo Marathon Foundation signed a major partnership agreement on Friday (28), under which both organizationswill exchange know-how and experience to support preparations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The partnership will give Tokyo 2020 the opportunity to deepen its understanding of how to prepare for and operate one of the most iconic events of the Olympic Games.
The Tokyo Marathon Foundation's long-standing experience inorganizing and operating its annual event is likely to be a valuable factor in the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games. The Tokyo Marathonorganizers will in particular share their insights regarding the management of the flows of runners and supporters whileminimizing disruption to the city’s traffic, ensuring seamless security and managing volunteers, as well as setting up and implementing activities to promote the event. In return, the Tokyo Marathon Foundation will apply learnings that will be gained through the overall operation of the Tokyo 2020 Games as a legacy to enhance future Tokyo Marathon events.
“We hope to leverage the Marathon Foundation’s know-how derived from operating the Tokyo Marathon, one of the world's biggest citizens' marathons, in our preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Games,” said 2000 Olympic marathon champion Naoko Takahashi, Chair of Tokyo 2020’s Athletes’ Commission. “That know-how and the experience we will gain running the Tokyo 2020 Games will hopefully be passed down as a legacy for future Tokyo Marathons. I believe that this partnership will create a valuable asset for the sporting community in Japan.”
The new coursefeatures one loop of roughly half-marathon length and a second smaller loop of approximately 10km that will be run twice.
Sapporo Odori Park will be the starting and finishing point for both the marathon and race walk events, with marathoners first running two laps within the park against a backdrop of the Sapporo TV Tower. They will then head south along Sapporo Ekimae-dori Avenue towards the busy station area and cross the Toyohira River before returning north towards Hokkaido University and on to the finish line.
“This course has been designed with athletes’ wellbeing in mind and it will deliver maximum efficiency to the National Olympic Committees and related bodies, who will be looking after the athletes, as well as leave a standing legacy course for any future annual marathon and road events in the city so recreational walkers and runners can follow the footsteps of their heroes,” said the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The race walk courses, which were approved earlier this month, feature 1km and 2km loops for the 20km and 50km distances respectively, along Sapporo Ekimae-dori Avenue.
“Developing courses for the Olympic marathon and race walk events is always an exciting challenge to achieve a balance of athlete welfare, showcasing the city, ensuring technical and broadcast requirements are met and providing a great backdrop for spectators to enjoy the Olympic experience,” saidWorld Athletics (IAAF) technical delegate and council member Sylvia Barlag.
“We have achieved this in Sapporo and want to thank all the stakeholders and, in particular, our athletes, who have come together in a short space of time to help create these courses. We now look forward to the world’s greatest marathon runners and race walkers battling for Olympic gold on the streets of Sapporo.”