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After a year of delay and multiple changes, the 2020 Summer Olympics finally take place this month.
The Summer Olympics were originally scheduled for last year, but have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic is still having an impact on this year’s games, with athletes competing without crowds of fans and social distancing measures still in place.
Here, WWD breaks down everything you need to know about the 2020 Summer Olympics. Read on to find out more.
When are the 2020 Summer Olympics?
The 2020 Summer Olympics were originally scheduled to take place last July, but have been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Summer Games will now take place over a two-week period starting with the Opening Ceremony on July 23 and ending with the Closing Ceremony on August 8. Some events, such as men’s and women’s football, will start before the official start date. July 21.
The Paralympic Games will follow from August 24 to September 5.
Where are the 2020 Summer Olympics taking place?
Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympics. This is the second time the Japanese city has hosted the Olympics. The first time was in the summer of 1964.
Are the Tokyo Games still called the 2020 Summer Olympics?
Although the Summer Games are held in 2021, the International Olympic Committee still refers to the games as the 2020 Summer Olympics.
What sports are competing in the 2020 Summer Olympics?
Many popular summer sports will be back for the Olympics, including swimming, gymnastics, track and field, diving, basketball, beach volleyball, tennis, water polo, soccer and many others.
Are there new sports competing?
Several new sports will be added to the Olympic Games lineup this year, including skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing, karate and BMX freestyle cycling.
Which athletes are returning to the 2020 Summer Olympics?
The 2020 US Olympic team includes 193 returning Olympians, such as gymnast Simone Biles, track and field athlete Allyson Felix, swimmers Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel, footballers Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan, basketball players Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Sue Oiseau, among others.
Which athletes are making their Olympic Games debut?
Many of today’s greatest athletes are making their Olympic debut in Tokyo. Tennis champion Naomi Osaka, who chose not to attend Wimbledon and Roland Garros, will make her first Olympic Games appearance this month playing for the Japanese team.
Besides Biles, the US gymnastics team is made up of newcomers Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum, MyKayla Skinner and Jade Carey. It will also be the first Olympics for tennis star Coco Gauff, basketball player Devin Booker, swimmer Katie Grimes, equestrian (and Bruce Springsteen’s daughter) Jessica Springsteen and track athlete Noah Lyles, among others. .
Which athletes will not return for the Olympics?
Several American athletes will not be returning for the 2020 Summer Olympics, including tennis champion Serena Williams, swimmers Ryan Lochte and Nathan Adrian, gymnast Laurie Hernandez, diver David Boudia and beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings.
What is the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the 2020 Summer Olympics?
The 2020 Summer Olympics will be different from years past due to the pandemic. Due to social distancing and health guidelines, no spectators will be allowed at any of the Olympic stadiums or venues, which is in stark contrast to previous Olympic games which drew thousands of spectators from all over the world.
Athletes will also be subjected to COVID-19 testing and regular temperature checks and will only be allowed to stay in the Olympic Village for the duration of their competitions.
Is Russia still banned from the Olympics?
For the second time, Russia is not participating in the Olympics due to a four-year ban from world sporting events instituted by the World Anti-Doping Agency against the country’s athletes using performance-enhancing substances.
Russian athletes, however, can still compete in the Olympics as “ROC” athletes, which stands for Russian Olympic Committee. Athletes are also allowed to wear the colors of the Russian flag. At the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Russian athletes competed as “Olympic athletes of Russia”.
Russia’s Olympic Games ban ends in December 2022.
What will Team USA uniforms look like?
Ralph Lauren continues its tradition of designing the Olympic uniforms for the United States team. The uniforms follow styling reminiscent of the designer’s past creations, including a patriotic color scheme and the Ralph Lauren logo.
As temperatures and humidity are expected to reach record highs, Lauren introduced RL Cooling, a new wearable technology that would be a self-regulating temperature cooling device built into clothing with the goal of keeping athletes cool.
Kim Kardashian West’s Skims fashion line also designs official Team USA underwear, pajamas and loungewear. A capsule collection of coins will be available for purchase to customers.
How can I watch the 2020 Summer Olympics?
NBC will broadcast the Olympics and provide extensive coverage throughout the day on NBC, NBC Sports, CNBC and USA Network. Viewers can also stream coverage on the NBC Olympics website and the NBC Sports app.
For those without a cable subscription, the 2020 Summer Olympics can be streamed through providers such as Hulu, AT&T TV Now, YouTube TV, Fubo TV, Sling TV, and Locast.
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