Organizers celebrating one year ahead of the Tokyo Olympic 2020

The world’s chief sporting events less than a year away, organizers on Wednesday celebrated the start of a yearlong countdown to the opening ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach commending the progress Tokyo has made in preparing for the event. Olympic fanatics can book their Olympic Opening Ceremony Tickets online from one of the most trusted online ticketing market places.

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Organizers celebrating one year ahead of the Tokyo Olympic 2020

“The preparations are making excellent progress, I can truthfully say I have never seen an Olympic city as prepared as Tokyo with one year to go before the Olympic Games,” said IOC President Bach.

The executive members of the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo Organizing Committee, along with guests including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, were among those who gathered at Tokyo International Forum to celebrate the milestone and reflect on the progress made in the planning of the 2020 Games.

Construction for five out of 10 national arenas for the 2020 Games has been completed, the organizers said, with construction for the last one — the Tokyo Aquatics Center — set to be completed by February 2020. Starting this month, test events have been launched to prepare for each sport.

“The Olympics brings the world together and it affords equal opportunities to all, and that is what sports are all about,” said Abe during a kickoff ceremony Wednesday afternoon, adding that the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games won’t be realized if it doesn’t lead to the recovery of the disaster areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011.

“We suffered enormous damage,” Abe said. “We want to communicate our message of gratitude to those who supported us and continue to do so. We are still in the process of rebuilding.”

Bach says, “One year from now, Olympic 2020 it’s self in Japan will make history. The eyes of the world will be in Japan. Your rich history and traditions, your cutting-edge innovation, your culture of hospitality and, of course, your love and passion for the sport.”

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New Medals are Designed, to be used for Olympic 2020 winners

Tokyo 2020 also unveiled the Olympic medal designs on Wednesday.

The 2020 Olympic Games will begin with the July 24 opening ceremony and end with the closing ceremony on Aug. 9, among which 11,090 athletes will participate for 339 gold medals across 33 sports including five additional selections: baseball and softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing. During the Paralympic Games — to be held from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6 — 4,400 athletes will compete for 540 medals across 22 sports including, for the first time, taekwondo and badminton.

The Olympic torch relay will start March 26 from J-Village in Fukushima Prefecture and will travel through all of the country’s 47 prefectures during the course of 121 days.

More than 3.2 million tickets for the events were sold in a lottery during the first stage of domestic sales in June, after more than 7.5 million people registered for the lottery. Due to the unprecedented interest in ticket sales, Tokyo 2020 said there may be an additional lottery to be held in August for Japanese residents who did not win any tickets in the first lottery round. A first-come-first-served basis sale for those living in Japan will commence in autumn. For worldwide audiences, Tokyo 2020 will commence the third wave of ticket sales on a first-come-first-served basis in spring 2020.

About 7.8 million tickets are available for the 2020 games, the majority of which is expected to go to the domestic population.

Tokyo Olympic 2020 announced Monday that Emperor Naruhito will adopt the role of Honorary Patron to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, following the organizing committee’s formal request through the national government. The nomination will extend from Wednesday until the closing day of the Paralympic Games.

“In the fragile times we are living in, the Olympic Games are the only event that brings the entire world together in a peaceful competition,” IOC President Bach said during a progress report on the current state of preparations for the 2020 Games.

“These are the Olympic Games for the world, organized by Japan and by an all-star all-Japan team,” Bach said. “With this Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, you will see all of Japan united, not only for the games, not only by the games but also through the games and for the entire Japanese society at large.”

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Mountain Bike Race champion Jolanda Neff gears up for Tokyo 2020

Jolanda Neff a mountain bike racer, cyclocross, and road race champion Neff as she gears up for Tokyo 2020. the Olympic channel’s “Anatomy of” series takes an in-depth look at the physical capabilities of champions in particular sports and analyses them through a range of tests.

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Jolanda Neff gears up for Tokyo 2020

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Jolanda is fairly talented on a two wheels bicycle. At the age of 26, she has enjoyed success in a range of outdoor events on all types of topography. As of early 2019, she is the national champion in mountain biking, road racing, and cyclo-cross.

Born in St Gallen (in the north-east of Switzerland, close to the German and Austrian borders), Neff competed in the road racing and mountain bike competition at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, finishing in the top ten in both– eighth in the previous, on an tarmac surface, and sixth in the later, on hilly, rolling topography. She also has won four world titles to her name – which she won between 2016 and 2018 – in mountain bike marathon, and she is also a three-time International Cycling Union Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Cup overall champion, having taken gold in 2014, 2015 and 2018.

In the Olympic Channel, Neff is taken to a dedicated performance lab, where her physical capabilities are put under the microscope.

As Professor Greg Whyte Says

An Olympian himself, explains: “cross-country mountain biking, because it’s off-road, the variability in terrain makes a really big difference. So, you get what’s called stochastic power output, and to be able to sustain that for long periods of time for the entire race is really a very difficult thing. Add on top of that operating under pressure with large numbers of riders around you at the same time. There are very unique traits that mountain bikers have in comparison to other forms of cycling. If you take a look at all cyclists to some range, but particularly mountain bikers, they will tend to be very light, very lean, but very strong and very powerful.”

Mountain Bike Race champion Jolanda Neff
Mountain Bike Race champion Jolanda Neff gears up for Tokyo 2020

All of these attributes tally with Neff’s body type, and this was confirmed by hard data through a series of dynamometer tests, measuring quadriceps and hamstring strength and ability to maintain the effort for repetition after repetition; a body scan to analyze muscle/body mass ratio and skin-fold measure tests. Neff was also positioned in a chamber in which she was made to pedal on a Watt bike in tailored race conditions, with a temperature of 31°C, humidity levels of 80 percent and punishing climbs, to assess her fluid replacement capability.    

She also underwent a peak power test to analyze how well her body could respond to situations in which maximum power output was required, such as the uphill sections in cycling races.

“What we’re looking for is how much power Jolanda can produce, and then looking at how she can sustain that power output. something we call the fatigue index” explained Professor Whyte.

Neff obtained outstanding results in all the tests, which led Professor Whyte to describe her as one of the truly elite athletes in the world – a blend of strength, speed, power and stamina packed into a lean body.

“My body learns really fast,” says Neff. “If I do something, my muscles adapt immediately. My lungs, my legs, everything. When there is an impact, there is a reaction. There’s this saying – ‘train hard, win easy’. I love hard work. It’s just an amazing feeling, and once you’re in that zone, you don’t want to be anywhere else.”

Her international season this year in mountain biking and cyclo-cross could take her all the way to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, where we are likely to be hearing a lot more about her.

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Tokyo Olympic 2020 – USA Women’s Artistic team Forecast

Team Captain — Aly Raisman

Aly 23 years old, was the captain of 2012 women’s Olympic artistic team in London, and she repaid to the Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro as the captain of the team for once more. If she returns to the Summer Olympics 2020 Games in Tokyo, expect her to be the team captain once again.

Raisman was the oldest member of the women’s Olympic artistic teams in both London and Rio, and if she returns to the Olympics 2020. There is no reason to doubt that she is not as strong as she has ever been. Olympic Artistic fans from all over the world can book summer Olympic Artistic Tickets online from our one of the most trusted online ticketing market platform.

Aly Raisman team captain
USA Women’s Artistic team captain

While a return to the Olympics is not a sure thing at this point for Raisman, she is an undisputed leader, and she has recently proven that beyond doubt even outside of the gym given the inspiring way by which she has handled the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal.

Raisman and more than 265 others have accused the former USA Artistic doctor of sexual assault, and he is set to spend his life behind bars because of it after pleading guilty on several charges.

Of the eight different members of the 2012- and 2016-women’s Olympic artistic teams, five have come forward with sexual assault allegations against Nassar. Aside from Raisman, the other four are McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, Simone Biles, and Gabby Douglas.

In the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won a gold medal for her performance in the floor exercise and a bronze medal for her adorable. Raisman placed fourth in the all-around competition, losing third on a tiebreaker.

In the Summer Olympics 2016, Raisman won a silver medal for her performance in the floor exercise as the defending gold medal winner of the event, and she won a silver medal in the all-around competition as well. She also won a gold medal as a member of the team.

 USA Women's Artistic team Forecast
Tokyo Olympic 2020 – USA Women’s Artistic team Forecast

Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas, was a member of the 2016 women’s Olympic artistic team in Rio de Janeiro. She was also a member of the 2012 women’s Olympic artistic team in London. However, she will not be returning to the Olympics 2020 in London.

In the 2012 Summer Olympics, Douglas, 22, won a gold medal for her performance in the all-around competition in addition to the gold medal she won as a member of the team. She finished in 7th place on the balance beam and 8th place on the uneven bars.

In the Summer Olympics 2016, Douglas failed to medal in an individual event, as she finished in 7th place on the uneven bars. However, she has won a gold medal as a member of the team.

Gabby Perea

Perea was just in January and has never competed in the Summer Olympics before. Though, that could be very well changed in Tokyo Olympic 2020.

She has won some other gold and silver medals in these competition and other competitions as well. Perea is presently a member of the US national team, and she has been a member of the team since March of 2016.

In the 2016 Artistic gymnastic International Junior Cup in Canada, Perea won the all-around title. In the 2017 Artistic gymnastic International Junior Cup, she placed second in the all-around competition.

In the 2016 City of Jesolo Trophy competition in Jesolo in Italy, she positioned third in the all-around competition. Perea also positioned third in the all-around competition in 2016 P&G Championships in St. Louis, Missouri, which essentially means that she would qualify for the 2020 Olympic team.

In the Championships 2016 P&G, Perea, who has committed the University of California, Berkeley, finished behind only Maile O’Keefe and Riley McCusker, two other 2020 Olympic hopefuls.

Ragan Smith

Ragan Smith, she has technically already been an Olympian despite the fact that she has never competed in the Olympics, as she was an alternative for the 2016 women’s Olympic artistic team in Rio de Janeiro.

2016 In Jesolo, Tokyo, at the City of Jesolo Trophy competition, Smith placed second in the all-around competition, and she won the all-around title in the 2017 American Cup in Newark, New Jersey. In the 2017 U.S. National Artistic Championships in Anaheim, California, Smith won the all-around title as well. She has won several other gold and silver medals in these and other competitions as well.

Competing in the summer games Olympic 2020 is not at the front of Smith’s mind at this point, but it remains a goal in the back of her head, which is right where it is for plenty of others right now with still more than one year to go until the opening ceremony.

Simone Biles

Simone Biles took the world by tempest with her amazing performances in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and her goal is to return to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Given how well she performed two years ago, don’t be surprised if it happens.

She has won a gold medal for her performance in the floor exercise, a gold medal for her performance on the vault, a gold medal in the all-around competition, and a bronze medal for her performance.

Biles also newly made her appearance as a cheerleader for the Houston Texans NFL team, proving that she can pretty much do it all and that she is ready to compete in the Olympics again if she attempts to make a return in Olympic 2020.

Madison Kocian

Madison was a member of the 2016 women’s Olympic artistic team in Rio de Janeiro. Nevertheless, a return to the 2020 Olympics in London is unlikely after the 20year-old chose to continue competing in artistic at UCLA.

In the Summer Olympics 2016, Kocian won a silver medal for her performance on the uneven bars in addition to the gold medal she won as a member of the team.

Gabby Douglas, was a member of the 2016 women’s Olympic artistic team in Rio de Janeiro. She was also a member of the 2012 women’s Olympic artistic team in London. However, she will not be returning to the Olympics 2020 in London.

In the 2012 Summer Olympics, Douglas, 22, won a gold medal for her performance in the all-around competition in addition to the gold medal she won as a member of the team. She finished in 7th place on the balance beam and 8th place on the uneven bars.

In the Summer Olympics 2016, Douglas failed to medal in an individual event, as she finished in 7th place on the uneven bars. However, she has won a gold medal as a member of the team.

Laurie Hernandez

Laurie Hernandez made her Olympic entrance in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as the youngest member of the five women on the “Final Five” artistic team at the age of 16 years old.

When the Summer Games Olympics 2020 roll around, Hernandez, 17, will only be 20 years old, so a return is certainly not out of the question, nor should it be given the success she had two years ago.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Hernandez won a silver medal for her performance on the balance beam in addition to the gold medal she won as a member of the team. She is definitely the notable omission with the best chance of being a member of the women’s Olympic 2020 artistic team in Tokyo.

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Atanu Das to lead the revival of India’s to recurve Archery at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Atanu Das one of India’s most successful male archer. In spite of his achievements, he remains understated and uncomfortable in facing up to public adulation or media glare.

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27-year-old archer says, “The success at the World Championship proves that we are back on track but the biggest challenge now is to ensure that our preparations are meticulously planned till the Olympics.” Das, along with Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav, finished second behind China at the World Championships in the Netherlands last month to earn quota places for the Olympics.

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Atanu Das to lead the revival of India’s to recurve Archery at Tokyo Olympics 2020

 “Atanu has always been very talented but I think there has been a remarkable transformation since 2015 when he realized that he could become one of the very best in the world. He became more focused and more serious about archery,’’ recounts Rahul Banerjee, who represented India in the 2012 London Olympics and a former teammate of Das. “The first time everyone started taking notice about this precocious talent was when he was selected for the Youth Olympics in 2010,’’ says Banerjee.

“I had first noticed Atanu when he was just 15 at the sub-junior nationals in Chhattisgarh. I had offered him to join the Army Sports Institute in Pune but he had already joined the Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur,’’ says Mime Singh Gurung, one of the coaches with the current Indian archery team. Ironically, Gurung is now busy drawing the roadmap ahead for Das and other Indian archers in lead up to the Olympics.

 Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das, and Pravin
Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das, and Pravin

At Rio Olympics, Das was the lone male archer from India and had performed creditably reaching the pre-quarters before losing a very tight contest against South Korea’s Seungyun Lee. The score sheet 28-30, 30-28, 27-27, 27-28, 28-28 reflected how agonizingly close Das was to make it to the last eight.

“It had convinced me that more than the skills, it was important for me to learn how to hold on to your nerves in crunch situations. So, in the last couple of years, I have been more focused on mental conditioning. Before practice sessions, I make it a point to visualize tense match situations so that I am more prepared when I am actually facing an opponent in close battles.’’

This came in handy during the match against Canada at the World Championship for a place in the Olympics. India held an advantage of 4-2 going into the last set (2 points are awarded for winning a set, 1 point if the set is tied). In a tense finish, Atana had to hit a perfect 10 with his last arrow to level the set and win the contest. He did not lose his composure and signed off with a 10 to book a berth for Tokyo.

Indian recurve archers had returned empty-handed in the last two Asian Games and their dwindling fortunes had raised an alarm.

“We just fared poorly and there were no excuses. It was important for us not to spend too much time in mourning over it. We were not completely off-target. It was just that we were found wanting in crucial moments of the matches,’’ explains Das.

Asserts Gurung said, “My observation was that the archers were not taking pre-tournament training very seriously and there was a need to enforce a bit of discipline. We made it mandatory for the archers to attend all the practice sessions.’’

 “We keep a very close eye on each other’s performance – be it during matches or even during practice sessions. It always helps when you can discuss what has gone right or wrong with someone you are close to. But I always get very tensed when Deepika is shooting in competitions. At times, it is too difficult to watch,’’ reveals Das.

Indian women’s Faile to take place In Olympic 2020

India’s women team failed to qualify for the Olympics but women archers will get an opportunity to make it to the Olympics in the individual events through the Asian Championships this year and the Stage 3 and the final Olympic qualifying tournament in Berlin next year. This could mean Das and Deepika could become the first husband-wife pair from India to take part in the Olympics archery event.

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Indian Race walker Irfan K.T Qualified for the Summer Games 2020 Tokyo Olympics

India, the country of 1.3 billion people, has historically struggled to make a mark in the Olympic Games. But in the last decade or so, especially after Abhinav Bindra’s Gold medal, efforts have been made to improve the nation’s performance in one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Indian athletes bagged three medals in 2008, record six in 2012 but came down to just two in Rio.

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However, one positive was that the number of athletes from India in the Olympics had risen from 67 in Beijing to 117 in Rio. A lot is expected from Indian athletes in the next year’s Olympics, with a number of medal hopefuls.

Indian Race walker Irfan K.T
Indian Race walker Irfan K.T Qualified for the Summer Games 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Men’s 20 km Walk

National record holder Irfan K.T became the first Indian from athletics to qualify for the next year’s Olympics while finishing fourth in the 20 km event of the Asian Race-Walking Championships in Nomi, Japan. He is 29-year-old, Irfan clocked 1 hour 20 minutes and 57 seconds to better the Tokyo Olympics qualification standard of 1 hour 21 minutes.

Indian Race walker Irfan K.T Qualified

The road to redemption has not been smooth for KT Irfan. Seven years ago, the race-walker finished 10th in the 20km event at London Olympics with a national record of 1.20.21. If that raised expectations, a stress fracture in 2014 changed everything. He missed the bus to Rio Olympics in 2016 and last year, the Malappuram athlete was sent back from the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast for allegedly breaching the ‘no-needle policy’ against doping. For someone tagged as an Olympic-medal prospect, worse followed. He was disqualified from the Asian Games for a technical fault.

Irfan, who has a personal best as well as a national record of 1:20:21 which he did during his 10th place finish in 2012 Olympics, also qualified for this year’s World Championships (September 27-October 6) in Doha, Qatar as he bettered the qualifying mark of 1:22:30.

The Indian Kerala race walker won the 20 km event in the National Open Race Walk Championships in Chennai last month he clocked 1 hour 26 minutes 18 seconds. He was one of the two Indian athletes who were disqualified from the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games for not following to the ‘no needle policy’ of the Games. Kerala was disqualified in the 20 km race walk event of the 2018 Asian Games after receiving his third warning for “loss of contact “.

The qualification period for Olympic race walk events and marathon race has begun from January 1 this year and will run till May 31, 2020. The Olympics qualification period for all other athletics events will start from May 1 this year and will run till June 29, 2020.

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