Current Affairs on Tokyo Olympics 2020

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Tokyo Olympics 2020
Tokyo Olympics 2020

❒ Tokyo Olympics 2020 major highlights for competitive exams

➧ Host Country – Japan
➧ Venue – National Stadium, Tokyo

➧ Official moto of Tokyo Olympics 2020 – United by Emotion

➧ Top 3 countries in the medal tally – USA > China > Japan

➧ Rank of India in the medal tally – 48th
➧ India clinched 7 medals. (1 Gold + 2 Silver + 4 Bronze)

➧ Mascot of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 – Miraitowa
➧ The slogan of the 2020 Summer Olympics torch relay – “Hope Lights Our Way”.
➧ Only gold medal winner from India – Neeraj Chopra (Javelin throw)
➧ Neeraj Chopra threw 87.58m to clinch the gold medal.

Medal record of Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra
Medal record of Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra

➧ Total Competitors from India – 124
➧ Maximum Competitors from the individual event – Athletics (26)

➧ First Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympics – C. A. Bhavani Devi
➧ First female Indian golfer to qualify for Tokyo Olympics – Aditi Ashok
➧ Nethra Kumanan is the first-ever Indian female sailor qualify for an Olympic Games.
➧ Sajan Prakash and Maana Patel are the first swimmers from India to qualify for the Olympic Games.
➧ First Indian female sailor to qualify for the Olympics – Nethra Kumanan

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❒ Tokyo Olympics host city

☛ 2020 Summer Olympics hosted by Tokyo, Japan.
☛ Tokyo was selected as the host city during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

☛ The 2020 Olympics Games are the fourth Olympic Games hosted by Japan.
• Tokyo 1964 (Summer)
• Sapporo 1972 (Winter)
• Nagano 1998 (Winter)
• Tokyo 2020 (Summer)

☛ Tokyo is the first city in Asia to hold the Summer Games twice.
☛ The National Stadium, Tokyo is the main venue for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

❒ Torch relay

❖ Torch relay Slogan and venue

☛ The 2020 Summer Olympics torch relay was held from 12 March 2020 and ended on 23 July 2021.
☛ The Torch relay started in Olympia, Greece and ended in the Tokyo’s New National Stadium.
☛ The Torch relay started by Greek Olympic shooting champion Anna Korakaki.
☛ Anna Korakaki became the first woman to be a first Olympic torchbearer.
☛ The slogan of the 2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is “Hope Lights Our Way”.
☛ At the end of the torch relay the Olympic cauldron was lit by Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka.

❖ Design of Torches

☛ The Olympic torch was designed by Tokujin Yoshioka.
☛ The design is inspired by cherry blossoms.
☛ It has 5 petal-shaped columns around the tip of the torch, and a rose-gold “Sakura gold” color finish.
☛ The torch constructed by recycling aluminum from unused shelters deployed in the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

❒ Teams and Flag bearers

☛ In a first, India is having two flag-bearers – one male and one female — at the Tokyo Olympic 2020 to ensure “gender parity”.
☛ This was recently informed by the International Olympic Committee (IOA) chief Narinder Batra.
☛ From Indian contingent, boxer M C Mary Kom and men’s hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh was the flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.
☛ India’s wrestler Bajrang Punia was the flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.

❒ Mascot of Tokyo Olympic 2020

❖ Mascot name and Style / Pattern

☛ The cartoony ‘Miraitowa’ is the official mascot of the Tokyo Olympics.
☛ The mascot is styled with the indigo blue Ichimatsu pattern.
☛ Ichimatsu is a repeating pattern of alternating dark and light squares.
☛ Ichimatsu pattern represents a prosperity of descendants and expansion of business.
☛ Now a days it is known as ‘checkerboard pattern’.

☛ MIRAITOWA has a personality inspired by the Japanese proverb, “learn from the past and develop new ideas”.

☛ MIRAITOWA is cheerful and remarkably athletic, with a very strong sense of integrity.
☛ It has a special power to instantly teleport anywhere it wants.

❖ Origin of the name

☛ The name MIRAITOWA is based on the Japanese words “mirai”, meaning “future”, and “towa”, meaning “eternity”, representing the wish that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will lead to a future of everlasting hope in the hearts of everyone around the world.

Mascot of Tokyo Olympics - Miraitowa
Mascot of Tokyo Olympics – Miraitowa

❒ Olympic Medal Count

❖ Winner Highlights

☛ The United States of America topped the Olympic medal tally.
☛ USA won a total of 113 medals, including 39 Golds.

☛ The United States of America followed by China and Japan.
☛ China finished 2nd with a total of 88 medals, including 38 Golds.
☛ Host nation Japan finished 3rd with a total of 58 medals, including 27 Golds.

☛ The Russian delegation competing as the ROC finished fifth with 20 gold medals.

☛ India finished 48th with a solitary Gold medal.

☛ Bermuda, the Philippines, and Qatar won their first-ever Olympic gold medals.
☛ Burkina Faso, San Marino, and Turkmenistan won their first-ever Olympic medals.

❖ Medal Count Table

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total Medal
1 USA 39 41 33 113
2 China 38 32 18 88
3 Japan 27 14 17 58
4 Great Britain 22 21 22 65
5 ROC 20 28 23 71
6 Australia 17 7 22 46
7 Netherlands 10 12 14 36
8 France 10 12 11 33
9 Germany 10 10 16 37
10 Italy 10 10 20 40
48 India 1 2 4 7
Medal Count Table of Tokyo Olympics
Medal Count Table of Tokyo Olympics

❖ Medal Tally of India

☛ India clinched a total of 7 medals. [1 gold + 2 silver + 4 Bronze]

Winner Medal Sports /Event
Neeraj Chopra Gold Athletics / Men’s javelin throw
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu Silver Weightlifting / Women’s 49 kg
Ravi Kumar Dahiya Silver Wrestling / Men’s freestyle 57 kg
India men’s
hockey team
Bronze Field Hockey/ Men’s tournament
Lovlina Borgohain Bronze Boxing/Women’s Welterweight
Bajrang Punia Bronze Wrestling / Men’s freestyle 65 kg
PV Sindhu Bronze Badminton/ Women’s singles
Medal Tally of India at the Tokyo Olympics 2020
Medal Tally of India at the Tokyo Olympics 2020

❒ Introduction of new competitions in Tokyo Olympics 2020

☛ The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics Games introduced new competitions.
☛ It also re-introduced competitions that once were held, but were subsequently removed.

☛ New sports or competitions include —
• 3×3 basketball
• freestyle BMX
• mixed gender team events
• Madison cycling for men and women.

☛ Sports added by the Japanese Olympic Committee were —
• Baseball and softball
• Karate
• Sport climbing
• Surfing
• Skateboarding

❒ Host Country of Upcoming Olympics

❖ Venue of Winter Olympics

Sl. No Year Country
1 2022 Beijing,China
2 2026 Milano Cortina, Italy

❖ Venue of Summer Olympics

Sl. No Year Country
1 2024 Paris, France
2 2028 Los Angeles, United States
3 2032 Brisbane, Australia

❖ Venue of Youth Olympic Games

Sl. No Year Country
1 2020 Lausanne, Switzerland
2 2024 Gangwon, South Korea
3 2026 Dakar, Senegal

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