It’s the biggest, most prestigious sporting event on earth with the participation of over 11,000 athletes from more than 200 countries, competing in 339 events across 33 sports. It’s the 32nd Olympic Games, and the second to be held in Tokyo. Hoping that the coronavirus does not lead to a postponement.
While Rio 2016 suffered from big disappointment of distance venues and poor infrastructure, that won’t be a problem in Tokyo. Thirteen venues, including the National Stadium, are built within 5km of the Olympic village, except the marathon and walking events will be organized in the northern city of Sapporo, due to concerns over hot temperatures..
British is expecting to bring home medals in the 200m by Dina Asher-Smith; in heptathlon by Katarina Johnson-Thompson, and in swimming by Adam Peaty, in the velodrome by Laura Kenny and in skateboarding by 11-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown. New events to be added include 3-on-3 basketball, surfing, speed climbing, skateboarding and karate, while baseball and softball will be widely draws in Japan after being brought back to the Olympic Games.
The British summer of sport should also be popularly await with Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep defend their Wimbledon titles. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton will aim for a seventh British Grand Prix title at Silverstone. After Shane Lowry’s outstanding win at Portrush last year, we are waiting for an English winner at Royal St George’s in The Open.
The ECB’s controversial new cricket tournament, The Hundred, will officially start this summer. Eight new city franchises have confirmed to send players, with men’s and women’s teams competing for a place in the finals in August. Time will tell if the bold new format of 15 six-ball overs or a 10-ball final over – will attract more casual fans than the disbanded Women’s Super League, or the men’s county-based T20 Blast.
Two weeks after the Olympic closing ceremony, the torch will be passed to the Paralympic Games which will also be hosted by Japan. The Paralympics will hosts 4,400 athletes competing in over 500 events.