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2020 TOKYO OLYMPICS. By Our Student Pharmacist, Taylor Law.

The summer 2020 Olympics are about to begin–just a year late!

From July 23 to August 8, a total of 46 different sports will be competing ranging from swimming to table tennis. This year 206 different countries will be participating in the Olympics.

Last summer was the fourth time in history the summer games did not go on as planned every four years. Since 1896, the games have been played every four years with the exception of 1916 due to WWI, 1940 & 1944 due to WWII.

The Olympics are considered the world’s largest sports competition. The heart behind the Olympic games is to allow different parts of the world to come together in the spirit of friendly competition.

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The Olympic Rings 

The symbol of the Olympic rings we see today was introduced in 1913.

According to the official Olympics website, “The Olympic symbol expresses the activity of the Olympic movement and represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympics Games.”

Not one color represents a certain continent, but is to show the unity between all the continents. The colors come as a representation of the colors in the unique flags from all the representing countries. Each ring is equal in size and is interlocking to represent the unified world.

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Olympic History 

The Olympics began back in Ancient Greece. Not only was it a competitive sporting event, it was also a religious event.

The Olympic flame is an important symbol of the Olympics with interesting history. The lighting of the torch is symbolic of the ancient Greek myth when Prometheus stole fire from the god Zeus and gave it to humans.

Before each Olympics, the torch is lit in a special ceremony at the site of ancient Olympics in Olympia, Greece. The lit torch travels around Greece and goes on a special journey to the city that is hosting the games. The torch is typically carried by different athletes.

The ending journey of the torch is during the opening ceremonies of the games. The torch is used to light a huge cauldron that will burn throughout the games. When the flame is put out that means the games are officially ended for that year. picture 2

Tokyo Games Random Facts 

Country with smallest population to participate: Naura (population = 11,500)

Naura is a small island located in the Pacific Ocean which is northeast to Australia.

Country to compete in most games without ever winning a gold medal: Monaco

Monaco has competed in 20 summer Olympics Games without ever winning a gold medal.

Number of athletes competing:  11,091 athletes

Number of athletes from Ohio State University competing: 26 buckeyes are heading to the 2020 Olympics

How much money has Tokyo spent to host?: About $15.4 billion has been spent on building the venues for the games


NBC Sports: https://www.nbcsports.com/northwest/tokyo-olympics/tokyo-olympics-numbers-participating-country-stats-and-facts#:~:text=There%20are%20206%20countries%20in,place%20in%20the%20history%20books

International Olympic Committee: https://olympics.com/ioc/olympic-rings, https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/en/sports/

AP News: https://apnews.com/article/tokyo-coronavirus-pandemic-2020-tokyo-olympics-japan-olympic-games-3c46bce81928865d9aae0832b5ddd9e3


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