The 'opening ceremony' of the 6nd Olympic Games of the Modern Era was held this Friday (July 23, 2021). Tokyo 32 has the participation of 2020 countries in all. North Korea will not be represented in this edition. Brazil is represented by 203 athletes. The USA leads, with 302 participants, followed by the host country, with 613, and Australia, with 591 athletes.
With 5 new sports and a total of more than 11.300 athletes competing in the 339 scheduled events, the competitions of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were postponed for one year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Interestingly, 'Akira' - a 'manga' first published in 1982 - "predicted" that the Tokyo Olympics would be postponed. Among author Katsuhiro Otomo's “mistakes” are his calculations, since the “Neo-Tokyo 2020” Olympics in 'Akira' is referred to as the thirtieth edition of the games, with Japan actually hosting the thirty-second, as mentioned above.
However, what really matters is that a work written three decades ago managed to agree that the Japanese capital would host the next Olympics.
Meanwhile, on social media, “netizens” say they miss Pikachu, who has already been appointed as ambassador for the city of Osaka by Minister of International Relations Tarō Kōno.
It's also worth remembering that just a month after the end of the Rio 2016 Olympics, Japan had already announced Goku (Dragon Ball), Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto), Astro Boy (character created by the famous Ozuma Tetsuka), Sailor Moon (studio character CLAMP ), Shin Chan ( humorous character ) Luffy ( One Piece ), among other various characters from 'animes' and 'mangas' as cultural ambassadors of the Olympics in Tokyo.
More than that, 'animes' and 'mangas' are already ambassadors of 'pop' culture in Japan. Hence their felt absence.
On the other hand, it is even understandable why these and other characters, among prints and animations, have been left out of the 32nd Olympic Games.
The four-hour Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony took place without the traditional stadium crowd and there will be no on-site spectators at any of the sporting events, as Japan's capital is in a state of emergency until August 22, due to increased contamination by the coronavirus.
The decision was taken on July 8 and announced by the minister of the Olympics, Tamayo Marukawa, after discussions with authorities and organizers.
Check out the general calendar of Olympic competitions below. Events are subject to change.
Opening Ceremony: July 23
Athletics: July 30th to August 8th
Badminton: July 24th to August 2nd
Basketball: July 25th to August 8th
Baseball/Softball: July 21st to August 7th
Boxing: July 24th to August 8th
Canoeing slalom: 25-30 July
Canoeing sprint: August 2-7
BMX Cycling: July 29th to August 1st
Road cycling: July 24th, 25th and 28th
Track Cycling: August 2-8
Climbing: 3-6 August
Fencing: July 24th to August 1st
Football: July 21st to August 7th
Artistic gymnastics: July 24th to August 3rd
Rhythmic gymnastics: August 6-8
Golf: Men's: July 29th to August 1st; female: august 4-7
Weightlifting: July 24th to August 4th
Handball: July 24th to August 8th
Horseback Riding: July 24th to August 7th
Hockey: July 24th to August 6th
Judo: July 24-31
Karate: August 5-7
Greco-Roman wrestling: 1-7 August
Water Marathon: August 4-5
Dive: July 25th to August 7th
Swimming: July 24th to August 1st
Synchronized swimming: August 2-7
Modern Pentathlon: August 5-7
Water polo: July 24th to August 8th
Rowing: July 23-30
Rugby: July 26-31
Skate: street: July 24-25; park: august 4-5
Surfing: July 25th to August 1st
Taekwondo: July 24-27
Tennis: July 24th to August 1st
Table Tennis: July 24th to August 6th
Archery: July 23-31
Sport shooting: July 24th to August 2nd
Acrobatic trampoline: July 30-31
Triathlon: single: 26-27; teams: july 31
Candle: 25th of July to 4th of August
Volleyball: July 24th to August 8th
Beach volleyball: July 24th to August 7th
Closing Ceremony: August 8th
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 23 / 07 / 2021
Caption : Pikachu was missed, already appointed ambassador of the city of Osaka by Minister Tarō Kōno.
Pictured above : ( Courtesy | Credits : ( C ) AP Tarō Kōno | ( C ) Nintendo | ( C ) COI | Disclosure ).
Caption : Placa counts down to the start of the “Neo-Tokyo 2020” games in 'Akira'.
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Delayed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics will be held without a public in most competitions because of rising contagion in Japan - which has led to calls for cancellation by Japanese public opinion.
The 'opening ceremony' is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday (July 23, 2021), but the first events have started since yesterday, with the debut of softball in Fukushima. Around 15 world leaders and dignitaries will participate in the Olympic 'opening ceremony'.
Just yesterday, Wednesday (July 21, 2021), the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, expressed his support for the Olympics speaking during the 138th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
He highlighted “the unique nature” of the event and said this is an opportunity to show the world the importance of taking measures to prevent Covid-19, speaking about athletes who test positive in Japan in the next fortnight.
-“I hope the games are successful, as a demonstration of what is possible when you adopt the right plans and correct measures. The hallmark of success will be to ensure that all cases are identified, isolated, tracked and treated as quickly as possible and further transmission is stopped.” - Tedros said, adding that the Tokyo Olympics should not be evaluated by Covid's case count. -19 that arise.
-“In life there is no zero risk. There is only greater risk or lesser risk. The choices we make reduce or increase the risks, but they do not eliminate them.”-he warned the media outlets of the 'sensaciolist' mainstream media.
Then Tedros added:
-"Japan is giving courage to the whole world".-supporting the holding of the event during a local state of emergency.
Earlier, Tedros had released a message on social media in an optimistic tone about the Olympics mentioning the hope that the event will boost vaccination. It is estimated that around 80% of participants will be vaccinated.
Still on vaccination, the WHO leader criticized the leaders of rich countries and launched a challenge on the fairer sharing of vaccines in the world.
-“The pandemic is a test and the world is failing. I believe that there is 'a terrible injustice', since only 10 countries have administered 75% of the world's vaccines.”-said Tedros, calling for equal distribution and efforts in the distribution of immunization agents.
The WHO wants help from the governments of all countries to reach the goal of vaccinating 70% of the world's population by mid 2022. To do so, the UN agency estimates that it will be necessary to produce 11 billion doses in the next year for people all over the planet.
-“I wish the 'rays of hope' from the 'land of the rising sun' to cross the planet and 'illuminate a new, healthier, safer and fairer dawn'. May [the Olympic Games] be a celebration of something much bigger, of what the world sorely needs now: hope. I repeat: the world needs the celebration of hope more than ever. I hope that these Games are the moment that unites the world and that boosts the solidarity and determination necessary to end the pandemic together”, he said, in a 'hopeful' tone.
-“The pandemic will end when the world decides to end it. It's in our hands.”- finished Tedros, holding the Olympic torch.
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 22 / 07 / 2021
Caption : WHO emphasizes that the pandemic will end when the world decides to end it.
Pictured above : ( Courtesy | Credits : ( C ) Jazael Melgoza | ( C ) Unsplash | ( C ) IOC | ( C ) WHO | UN | Disclosure ).
Caption : The Tokyo Olympics start on July 23, 2021, after a year of delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Photo below : ( Courtesy | Credits : ( C ) Erik Zünder | ( C ) Unsplash | ( C ) IOC | ( C ) WHO | UN | Disclosure ).
The organizing committee of the “Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games” denied that Japanese sponsors had asked to postpone the competitions for the period from September to October, according to the Financial Times newspaper.
The report also said that the decision to allow spectators at the Olympics would only be taken until the last possible moment, probably on June 24th.
On the other hand, around 80 percent of athletes who qualify for the “Tokyo Olympics” have already been vaccinated and the Japanese Olympic Committee is also seeking more vaccine donations to make the Games as safe as possible.
The 'Land of the Rising Sun' is also said to be considering vaccinating around 70.000 volunteers for the 'biggest party in sport in the world'. The plan has even been released by Olympic minister Tamayo Marukawa.
As part of preventive measures, members of the overseas media who enter Japan may be monitored by “GPS” to ensure they follow the rules that will be spelled out in the third edition of the so-called “Playbooks” later this month, according to the CEO of “Tokyo 2020”, Toshiro Muto.
Among so many other news that emerged around the Games last week, we highlight one in particular for the mixed martial arts community. The “living legend” of MMA, Kazushi Sakuraba, 51, was honored in Japan with the right to carry the Olympic torch in his country. The ceremony was part of the preparations for the holding of the Olympics. The event is scheduled to start on the 23rd of July, with the end scheduled for the 8th of August.
Sakuraba became world famous for her in-ring performances at the now defunct Japanese event Pride. Among his most remembered matches, we cite his four victories over representatives of the Gracie family: Royler, Royce, Renzo and Ryan.
The feat earned the Japanese idol the nickname 'Gracie Hunter' ('Gracie Hunter'). In all in his professional MMA career, Sakuraba accumulated 26 victories, being 19 by submission, 17 defeats, one draw and two 'no contests' (no result).
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 11 / 06 / 2021
Caption : Legendary MMA fighter, Kazushi Sakuraba carried the Olympic torch in Japan.
Photo : ( Credits | Courtesy : Kazushi Sakuraba Personal Collection | Instagram Reproduction ).