Tokyo Olympics 2020

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Tokyo Olympics 2020

By H. Aishwarya

During the 125th IOS session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tokyo was selected as the host city for Olympics. It was scheduled to take place 24 th July to 9 th August, 2020; as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic, the event was postponed to March 2021. Tokyo Olympics was the most high-profile event which was affected by the pandemic. The purpose of the Tokyo Olympics was to show that Japan had bounced back from the disaster which took place in 2011. To show the world that Japan had overcome the triple disaster that took place in 2011 which included the earthquake which sparked a tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, Tokyo held “Recovery Games”. Though the delay in the games was disappointing, after being conducted, it gave a positive perspective that Japan can come out of natural disasters.

The Tokyo Olympic Games held in 20121 were the fourth Olympic Games. The previous Olympic Games held were the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo (1964), Winter Olympic Games in Sapporo (1972), and the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano (1998). In Asia, Tokyo was the first city which held Summer Games twice. The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe was concerned about conducting the Olympic Games until SARS-Cov-2 was contained. A potential Japanese drug, the Anti-flu Avigan drug was used to contain the spread of the SARS-Cov-2 virus. The drug was a major game changer as it cured patients within four days. The President of IOC (International Olympic Committee) Thomas Bach had announced loans and payments amounting to $800 million dollar to make up for the loss caused due to the postponation of the games during the pandemic.

The medal count in the Tokyo Olympic Games 2021 was topped by the United States in both golds (39) and total medals (113) and China was second with respect to both (38 and 88 respectively). Japan, the host nation, was third, setting a record for the most total golds and gold medals won by their delegation with 58 and 27 respectively. Great Britain was fourth, with a total of 22 gold medals and 65 total medals. The Russian delegation finished fifth with 20 gold medals and 71 total medals. Bermuda, Philippines and Qatar were the ones to win their first-ever Olympic gold medals. Burkina Faso, San Marino and Turkmenistan were the ones to win their first-ever Olympic medals.

On the medal tally in Tokyo, India finished 48 th , the highest ranking in four decades. However, if the tally was based on calculation of total medals, India would have finished 33 rd position. India provided the finest performance in the medal haul with 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze. Some notable contributions to the medal haul included Neeraj Chopra, Mirabai Chanu, Ravi Kumar Dahiya, Men’s Hockey team, P.V. Sindhu, Lovlina Borgohain and Bajrang Punia.

Author is a Law student pursuing her LL.B. from PES University.

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