Why attend the 2020 Summer Games?
Hosted by a different city every four years, the Summer Games are watched intently across the world. The most recent games were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and this time around, the games will take place in Tokyo, Japan. The success of the Summer Games was so great that the Winter Games were created as a result. In each event, a gold medal is awarded for first place, silver for second and bronze medals for third place. Over the years, the games have increased from a 42-event competition with 14 competing nations to 306 events with 206 competing nations. Nineteen different countries have hosted the Summer Games and the 2020 games will be the second time Japan has hosted since 1964. This will make Japan the first city outside of the Western world to host the Summer Games more than once.
Sports featured in the Summer Games include fencing, gymnastics, field hockey, volleyball, tennis, weightlifting, cycling, basketball, wrestling and various water sports from diving and synchronized swimming to sailing and surfing.
SUMMER GAMES HISTORY
Today’s games were founded in 1894 by French educator and historian, Pierre de Coubertin who sought to create a place for international understanding through sporting competition. The first edition of the games was held in Athens, Greece with only 245 competitors. However, this was the largest international event ever to be organized at the time. A few years later, the Summer Games were hosted in Paris, France for the first time with four times as many athletes competing, including women who previously were not allowed to compete. From that point on, the Summer Games began to grow in competitors and attendance as the years passed. The United States is the current leader of the all-time medal table with the highest number of gold, silver and bronze medals, as well as the top-placed team of the 2016 Summer Games. What nation will lead the games in 2020? Take the vacation of a lifetime to the huge international sporting event that the whole world will be waiting to see.