The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are proceeding despite the fact that overseas spectators will not be allowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A majority of Japanese citizens want the Olympics to be canceled, considering the fact that the country’s vaccination rate is very low so far. However, the Japanese government has put as much as $35 billion into holding the Olympics in Tokyo, which explains why they’re moving forward with the event.
While the circumstances around this year’s Olympics are less than ideal, we will still see some incredible athletic feats from the competitors. The U.S. will likely continue to build its lead as the country with the most total medals by far across the history of the games. To help get you ready for all that Tokyo 2020 promises to offer, we compiled an awesome infographic filled with fun facts on every major aspect of the XXXII Olympiad, which you can find below. You can also check out our Q&A with a panel of leading experts on the socioeconomic issues underlying the event. Enjoy, and go USA!
Top 7 Stats for Tokyo 2020 Olympics:
- 26B+ – Estimated cost of hosting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
- $900 Million – Amount to be spent for Tokyo 2020 on coronavirus countermeasures.
- $15B – Estimated economic loss for Japan from barring overseas spectators and limiting the number of domestic fans to 50% of the capacity (now the loss is even higher with 0 spectators allowed).
- 80% – Share of people in Japan who want the Tokyo Olympics canceled or postponed again as the coronavirus pandemic rolls on.
- 44K – Number of security personnel who will work the Tokyo Games – roughly half the number of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
- 1st – Games to ever use artificial intelligence managed security features, with the ability to correctly verify the faces of 230 million people in one second.
- 15 Years – Age of the youngest member of Team USA, swimmer Katie Grimes.
To get a better understanding of the Tokyo Games’ biggest storylines, we posed the following questions to a panel of experts in the fields of sociology, economics, public policy and more. You can check out their bios and responses below.
- With COVID-19 safety concerns in mind, what safety tips do you have for US tourists that will attend the Tokyo Olympics?
- Given its current vaccination count, is Tokyo safe and ready for the Olympics?
- Do you think that the US Olympic team will take first place in the medal count?
- Will Simone Biles become the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic championships in more than 50 years?
- What will be the impact of the Olympics on Tokyo’s economy?