Sporting Event: The Tokyo Olympic Games 2020
They’re finally here. After a year of delay, the Tokyo Olympics are kicking off. The road to the Olympics has always been a test for athletes everywhere, but this time there have been even more challenges than usual.
This year, fans won’t be able to travel to Japan to support their sporting heroes. But that won’t stop people cheering them on from homes, bars and public squares across the world.
This year, some familiar Olympic stars will be returning to track and field. But as well as this, we’ll be treated to some new sporting events.
So, there’s a lot more than restrictions that makes the Tokyo Olympics of 2020 unique.
New Sports and Returning Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics
This year’s Olympics will see four new sports introduced, as well as the return of an old favourite. The new sports are skateboarding, sports climbing, surfing and karate, with baseball coming back after 13 years.
Representing Team GB in the skateboarding is our youngest ever competitor: 13-year-old Sky Brown. Perhaps seeing Brown hit the half pipes will inspire more interest in skateboarding over here.
Although Team GB won’t be fielding a baseball team, or participating in the surfing, 28-year-old Shauna Coxsey will be taking part in the sports climbing events. As a previous world champion, we might see Shauna bringing home a gold medal.
Of course, eyes will be on our athletes in more traditional sports too.
Helen Glover has returned to rowing for 2021, suggesting she may be in for her third consecutive gold medal win. Alongside rowing, Team GB have always excelled at cycling. With British Cycling’s power couple Jason and Laura Kenny bound for Tokyo, there’s hopes they can smash records and share Britain’s highest ever medal haul.
In the pool, we can hope to see Adam Peaty defend his 100m breast-stroke title. With plenty of world records behind him, he may make it look easy. In the Taekwondo, world champion Jade Jones looks set to win her third gold medal, whilst boxer Pat McCormack hopes to take his first Olympic gold after a win at the European championship.
Finally, Dina Asher-Smith, Team GB’s fasted ever female runner will face the test of a lifetime in the 100m and 200m sprints. But securing a medal would quickly make her a hero back home.
Gear Up for an Olympic Summer
Seeing old favourites triumph and new stars succeed at the Tokyo Olympics is sure to get the country excited. And with a variety of new sports on show, people may begin picking up activities they’d never thought of before.
But to be ready for this hectic summer of sport, you’ll need the right kit. Fortunately, STC Teamwear can design and manufacture an amazing range of kits for all kinds of sports. Check out our online kit designer for yourself, or get in touch with us today to find out more.