The 2020 Summer Olympics is an upcoming international multi-sport event that is scheduled from 24 July to 9 August 2020 in Tokyo, Japan which was selected as the host city during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2013. The very first Summer Olympics was held in Tokyo since 1964.
These Games will see the debuts of new games such as karate, sport climbing, surfing, skateboarding and the return of baseball and softball besides the permanent core Olympic sports. Additional disciplines within several of the Summer Olympics sports are also introduced, including 3×3 basketball, freestyle BMX and Madison cycling, as well as further mixed events.
Development and preparation
A fund of 400 billion Japanese yen (over 3.67 billion USD) was reserved to cover the cost of hosting the Games including increasing slot capacity at both Haneda Airport and Narita International Airport, expanding Tokyo Station, adding new railway line to link both airports and to cut travel time from Tokyo Station to Haneda from 35 minutes to 20 minutes, and from Tokyo Station to Narita from 60 minutes to 35 minutes…
Funding is also reserved to speed up the completion of the Central Circular Route, Tokyo Gaikan Expressway and Ken-Ō Expressway, to renovate other major expressways in the area, to extend the Yurikamome automated transit line to a new terminal at Kachidoki Station, passing the site of the Olympic Village.
Venues and infrastructure
The Tokyo National Stadium which was the central venue for the 1964 Summer Olympics, would be demolished and reconstructed for 2020 Olympics. A design competition for the New National Stadium was launched and the chosen design for the new stadium belongs to Kengo Kuma which allow the stadium’s capacity to be interchangeable between 60,000 and 80,000 depending on the event, like the Stade de France.
Due to various changes when conducting the preparation, a review panel stated that the cost of hosting the Olympics could increase to four times the original estimate therefore a plan to reduce costs was proposed. In October 2018, the Board of Audit issued a report stating that the total cost of the venues could exceed 25 billion USD.
There will be 33 competition venues in Tokyo, of which, 28 are within 8 kilometers of the Olympic Village and 11 new venues are to be constructed.
The 2020 Summer Olympics torch relay will commence in Naraha, Fukushima on 26 March 2020.
The opening ceremony tickets will range from 10,000 to 320,000 yen, and the average price of all the Olympic tickets is 8,000 yen. Ticket price for families, groups resident in Japan and in conjunction with a school programme is around 2,050 yen.
Tickets are sold through 40,000 shops in Japan and by mail order to Japanese addresses. Tourist might purchase tickets through a travel agent.