Following a year’s postponement, the 2020 Summer Olympic Games are set to start in the Japanese capital next month. As the temperatures get warmer, many emergency COVID-19 restrictions, in place in Tokyo since late April, have now also been lifted.
The Olympics are scheduled to take place between 23 July and 8 August, while the Paralympics will be held between 24 August and 5 September. Many athletes and officials began arriving in early June in preparation for the international event.
This year’s Games will feature 33 sports at 339 events across 42 venues and the Paralympics is set to feature 22 sports at 539 events across 21 venues. Most events will be in the Greater Tokyo area with some football games and marathons held in Sapporo in Hokkaido.
Despite mixed feelings about the Games among local residents, Destination Asia Japan remains hopeful they will reignite a sense of hope during the pandemic. Our local team on the ground are big fans of Karate and will be cheering for Japan, naturally, but support all athletes from all over the world and wish them all the best!
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