Have you caught Olympic fever yet? We totally know how it feels. We’ve been patiently awaiting the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games for months. Which — because we’re nothing if not zealous — has led us to start wondering about the 2020 Olympic games (aka the next Summer Olympics). And that led us down a glorious internet hole of Olympics-related research.
While information is currently a bit limited, we were still able to find some basics that will hopefully tide you (and us) over until then.
The 2020 Summer Olympics will be taking place in Tokyo. According to their website, four new sports will be added to the official roster that year: karate, skateboarding, surfing, and sport climbing. Um, we’re gonna get to watch karate and surfing? So. Much. Yes.
Additionally, the games — called “Tokyo 2020” for short — will make sure to celebrate female athletes (as they should — around 49% of the competitors are expected to be women).
In terms of the 2020 mascot, schools in Tokyo are helping narrow down the selection to find a winner. Ideas have been sketched out for months, and the winner will officially be announced on February 28th of this year.
While new sports have been announced, others will be making a triumphant return. Back in 2016, it was announced that baseball and softball would be brought back after having been excluded for the last few years.
The games are scheduled to happen between July 24th and August 9th. Tokyo was officially named the host city back in 2013.
This will actually be the second time the Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo. The city last hosted the Summer Olympics in 1964.
But the thing that’s really getting people buzzing about Tokyo 2020 is the transportation. It’s rumored that self-driving taxis will help guests and athletes get around. They’re planning on making the event as technologically advanced as possible, which will set the 2020 Olympics apart from previous years.
Okay, we’re stoked for the 2018 Olympics and all, but…is it 2020 yet?!