The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will take place from July 24th to August 9th.
This will be the first time the Summer Olympics have been held in Japan, and the second time Tokyo has hosted the Games (the first was in 1964).
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When Do The Olympic Games Start?
The Olympic Games are a major international sporting event featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world take part. The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating between each other. The next edition of the Olympic Games will be the 2020 Summer Olympics, which are scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan from 24 July to 9 August 2020.
The History of the Olympic Games
The first Olympic Games were held in Olympia, Greece, in 776 BC. They were dedicated to Zeus and arranged by his son, Pelops. Originally, the games were part of a religious festival to mark the end of a nine-year war between the Peloponnesian League and the Delian League. The games were held every four years until AD393 when they were banned by Emperor Theodosius I.
The ancient Olympics included a variety of sports such as running, wrestling, and javelin throwing. The most famous event was the footrace, which was often run by naked athletes. The winner was crowned with a wreath of olive leaves and awarded an amphora (a large vase) of olive oil.
The first modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896. The brainchild of French educator Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the games were inspired by the ancient Olympics. Coubertin believed that international athletic competition could promote peace and understanding among people across cultural and political divides.
The first Olympics featured just nine sports—athletics (track and field), cycling, fencing, gymnastics, shooting, swimming, tennis, weightlifting, and wrestling—and 43 events. Since then, the games have grown to include 28 sports with over 300 events.
The 2020 Summer Olympics are scheduled to take place in Tokyo from July 24 to August 9.
The Modern Olympic Games
The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896. Since then, the Olympic Games have been held every four years, with a few exceptions. The Summer and Winter Games have usually been held in different years (two years apart), but since 1992, the Summer and Winter Olympic Games have been held in the same year.
The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan from July 24 – August 9th. These will be the first Summer Olympics to be held in Japan.
The Future of the Olympic Games
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the governing body of the Olympic Games. Founded in 1894, the IOC is responsible for selecting the host city for each edition of the Summer and Winter Olympics, as well as ensuring the smooth running of the event itself.
The 2020 Summer Olympics are scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan from July 24 to August 9. The IOC has also awarded the hosting rights for the 2024 Summer Olympics to Paris, France and the 2028 Summer Olympics to Los Angeles, USA.
Looking further into the future, it is unclear where the Olympic Games will be held in 2030 and beyond. The IOC has stated that it is open to bidding for both the 2032 and 2036 Summer Olympics, but no formal bids have been made as of yet. It remains to be seen if any cities will step up to host these editions of the world’s biggest sporting event.