Tokyo bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics

Last updated
Bids for the
2016 (2016) Summer Olympics and Paralympics
Overview
Games of the XXXI Olympiad
XV Paralympic Games
Tokyo bid logo for the 2016 Summer Olympics.svg
Tokyo bid slogan for the 2016 Summer Olympics.svg
Winner: Rio de Janeiro
Runner-up: Madrid
Shortlist: Tokyo · Chicago
Details
City Tokyo, Japan
ChairIchiro Kono
NOC Japanese Olympic Committee
Evaluation
IOC score8.3
Previous Games hosted
1964 Summer Olympics
Decision
Result2nd runner-up (20 votes)

The Tokyo bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics was an unsuccessful bid, first recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on September 14, 2007. [1] The IOC shortlisted four of the seven applicant cities—Chicago, United States; Madrid, Spain; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Tokyo, Japan; over Baku, Azerbaijan; Doha, Qatar; and Prague, Czech Republic—on June 4, 2008 during a meeting in Athens, Greece. [2] [3] [4] This was followed by an intensive bidding process which finished with the election of Rio de Janeiro at the 121st IOC Session in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 2, 2009. [5]

Contents

Tokyo earned the top scores during the Applicant phase, after a detailed study of the Applicant Files received by the IOC Working Group on January 14, 2008. [6] Between April 16 and April 19, 2009, the IOC Evaluation Commission, led by Nawal El Moutawakel, arrived in Tokyo to assess the conditions of the city. [7] [8] The Commission attended technical presentations, participated in question-and-answer sessions about the Candidature File and made inspections in all the existing venues across the city. [9] Tokyo was eliminated in the second round of voting with only 20 votes in a three-round exhaustive ballot of the IOC. [10]

The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) nominated Tokyo over Fukuoka as its candidate city to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics on August 30, 2006. [11] This is the country's third failure, after two failed attempts for the 1988 and the 2008 Summer Olympics. [12] Recent Olympic Games in Asia as the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, hurt Tokyo's bid. [13] In 2013, Tokyo was selected to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, marking the second Summer Olympics in Japan, after the 1964 Summer Olympics, and the fourth hosted in Japan, after the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. [14]

Tokyo's bid

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building lit in Olympic colours Tokyo-agency night.jpg
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building lit in Olympic colours
Fleet of Toei Bus wrapped with Tokyo 2016 Olympic bid advertising. Tobus B-N291 2016 Tokyo-Olympic-bid red.jpg
Fleet of Toei Bus wrapped with Tokyo 2016 Olympic bid advertising.

City selection

The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) set a deadline of June 30, 2006, for cities to submit bids. It decided on August 30, 2006, that Tokyo would be the country's candidate for 2016. The other major internal candidate from Japan was the western city of Fukuoka on the island of Kyūshū. [15] Reportedly, Osaka (2008 Summer Olympics bid), Sapporo (which held the 1972 Winter Olympics), and Nagoya (1988 Summer Olympics bid) also expressed an interest in bidding, [13]

Bid details

Tokyo touted "the most compact and efficient Olympic Games ever" with a dramatic setting on the waterfront, previously an area used primarily for industry and shipping; Tokyo will have a chance to redevelop a rundown area (as London and Barcelona did in previous hostings), revitalizing the waterfront with housing, retail, and entertainment venues, some from land reclaimed from Tokyo Bay. The landfill will be a forest island for use as the site of equestrian, canoeing and other sporting events, named "Umi no Mori" or "Forest on the Sea". [16] The mottos were "Uniting Our Worlds" (Japanese : 私たちの世界を結ぶ) in English, and "It's Japan, so we can do it. The new Olympics!" (日本だから、できる。新しいオリンピック!, Nihon dakara Dekiru. Atarashī Orinpikku!) in Japanese.

Tokyo Skyline with Mount Fuji in the background Skyscrapers of Shinjuku 2009 January.jpg
Tokyo Skyline with Mount Fuji in the background

As an "alpha+" global city, Tokyo is one of the world's largest and most interconnected cities. [17] In addition to the existing urban rail network, already the world's most extensive, [18] three ring roads are currently[ when? ] being built around the city to help reduce congestion problems.[ citation needed ] Tokyo has also been consistent in funding public transport, a strength compared to other bid cities. [19] With over 124,000 hotel rooms nearby, ample accommodations are a highlighted strength of Tokyo's bid. [20]

The public relations firm of Weber Shandwick Worldwide was retained by the Tokyo 2016 Bid Committee to develop public relations campaigns and global support. Weber Shandwick's track record includes working on previous bids for the winning campaigns of Sydney in 2000, Turin in 2006, Beijing in 2008, and Sochi in 2014. [21]

The bid followed the success of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, which Japan co-hosted with South Korea. In addition to Tokyo's hosting of the 1964 Summer Olympics, Japan has past Olympic experience as the host of the 1972 Winter Games in Sapporo and the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano.

Venues

The Olympic park at the city center was to allow the Olympic experience to "permeate the city without compromising Olympic operations". [20] A new stadium (designed by Tadao Ando) was to be built to seat 100,000, and later pared back to 80,000 to leave a desired "legacy building". The new Olympic Village was to contain five high-rise buildings, each representing one of the Olympic Rings. [19] Primarily lying in two tight clusters of 31 planned venues, 21 already exist and the Japanese will need to build ten new venues, including five which would be temporary for Games use only. [20] Plans were to refurbish many venues from the 1964 Summer Olympic Games, located within just 20 minutes of the waterfront. [22] At first, the planned Media Center was to be located within ten minutes of the Ginza, on the site of the current Tsukiji fish market, but soil pollution has occurred around the newly planned Toyosu fish market, so the plan was separated from the discussion of the fish market's replacement. The Media Center has been changed to Tokyo Big Sight. [23]

Yoyogi National Gymnasium, built for the 1964 Summer Olympics Yoyogi Gymnasium.jpg
Yoyogi National Gymnasium, built for the 1964 Summer Olympics

Several existing and proposed facilities would host events at the 2016 Olympics. [24] Among them are the following:

The master plan does not show venues for either golf or rugby, however there is a golf course, Wakasu Golf Links, near Wakasu Olympic Marina (planned, for sailing) and Umi no Mori (Sea Forest) venues. Taizō Kawada, of the Japan Golf Association (JGA), suggests this venue could be used. [25]

Funding

The expenses for the bid are estimated at between 5.5 and 7 billion yen [19] (approximately US$50 million). Funding will come from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to cover 1.5 billion for the preparations, and the remaining funds will come from the private sector. The plan gives evidence of a national financial guarantee to cover any cost over runs and some infrastructure projects. The bid budget is set at US $48 million jointly funded by private and public sources. This is in line with most other bids. [20] Estimated revenue is set at $1.557 billion. [20]

Nippon Budokan martial arts pavilion built for the 1964 Games Nippon Budokan 2010.jpg
Nippon Budokan martial arts pavilion built for the 1964 Games

Green games

Tokyo also touted its effort to design green games that coexist in harmony with the natural environment. They will utilize five temporary structures and measures for reducing CO2 emissions and energy consumption. For example, the Olympic village, built in the Ariake area bordering Tokyo Bay, would feature an array of eco-friendly systems such as solar and renewable energy, and aim for total waste recycling. After the Games, they would be converted to rental apartments and condominiums in a greenery-rich area. [16] [19]

The Yumenoshima landfill will be an 88-hectare island in Tokyo Bay with compost made from fallen leaves and twigs gathered in the public parks and streets of Tokyo. The trash landfill will be transformed into a green forest where 480,000 trees will be planted, in addition to the sports venues located on the island. [16] In addition, Tokyo plans to promote the use of more low-emissions buses and other vehicles in order to reduce in traffic congestion and help curb emissions from carbon dioxide. [16] [26]

The logo of the Tokyo bid takes the form of a traditional Japanese knot known as musubi. The five Olympic colors are used in the decorative knot; the musubi has long been utilized in Japan to signify blessings during times of celebration. [27]

Outlook

Leaders of the Tokyo bid crack open a barrel of sake with help from members of Bid Committee Tokyo bid leaders.jpg
Leaders of the Tokyo bid crack open a barrel of sake with help from members of Bid Committee

Tokyo's bid was promoted to the Candidate City shortlist in June 2008. [28] Despite Tokyo's many strengths, the Beijing Games will have been held in the region eight years before, as well as Tokyo's own previous hosting in 1964. [29] However, on numerous occasions the Olympics have been held eight years apart on the same continent.

From 72% in March 2008, [30] Tokyo local support fell to 56% in May 2009, [31] the lowest support among the candidate cities. However, other polls conducted in early 2009 by some of the largest local publishers showed more than 70% support of the plan. [32] Tokyo had worked hard to increase the popularity of its bid, [33] even promoting the games on the Tokyo Tower and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building by displaying "Tokyo" and "2016" in the Olympic colors. [34]

In the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly and the Diet of Japan, several left-wing and progressive parties opposed the bid; the Japan Communist Party (JCP), the Tokyo Seikatsusha Network (TSN) and the Social Democratic Party (SDPJ) [35] The JCP explained that because of the games, many highway lines, especially the Tokyo Gaikan Expressway will be constructed with huge costs, more than is allocated to other policies: welfare, labor, education and so on. [36] The new government led by the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) have been more cautious than the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) under the leadership of the governor, Shintarō Ishihara; Ishihara was the advocate for the bid in 2006. However, the DPJ voted for the resolutions which support this bid, both in the Diet and the Assembly, and their new Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama attended the meeting in Copenhagen.

Many former Olympic athletes lent their support on the Tokyo bid committee website, including Kōsuke Kitajima (gold medalist for the men's 100m and 200m breaststroke at both the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 games). Three other athletes have also expressed their support: Koji Murofushi, the winner of the men's hammer throw in Athens 2004, Mara Yamauchi, a British long distance track and field woman athlete, and Mayumi Narita who holds 15 gold medals in three Paralympics with the women's swimming. In the PR video, French-Japanese TV announcer Christel Takigawa introduces the charm of Tokyo in French, and Riyo Mori, the Miss Universe 2007 winner, spoke in English. Naoko Takahashi, the champion in Sydney 2000 and the former world record holder in the women's marathon, is the project reader of a roughly 10,000 km (6,200 mi)virtual ekiden (long distance relay) from Tokyo to Copenhagen, the venue of the IOC meeting to determine the host city on October 2, 2009. The Tokyo Marathon is one of the main publicity events for this bid.

On September 7, 2013, Tokyo won their bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

See also

Notes and references

  1. "All seven 2016 Applicant Cities return responses". International Olympic Committee. January 14, 2008. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  2. "Four cities to compete to host the 2016 Olympic Games". International Olympic Committee. June 4, 2008. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  3. "Four on 2016 Olympics short-list". BBC. June 4, 2008. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  4. "2016 Olympic Bid Short List Preview". GamesBids. June 3, 2008. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  5. "Rio de Janeiro Elected As 2016 Host City". International Olympic Committee. October 2, 2009. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  6. 2016 Working Group Report (PDF), International Olympic Committee, March 14, 2008, archived from the original (PDF) on September 3, 2009, retrieved March 2, 2010.
  7. "2016 Games: Start of the Evaluation Commission Visits". International Olympic Committee. April 3, 2009. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  8. "IOC Commission Arrives In Tokyo For 2016 Inspection". GamesBids. April 14, 2009. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  9. "IOC Inspection Of Tokyo 2016 Ends On High Note". GamesBids. April 19, 2009. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  10. "Rio de Janeiro to host 2016 Olympics". CNN. October 2, 2009. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  11. "Tokyo To Be Japan's 2016 Summer Games Bid Candidate". GamesBids. August 30, 2006. Archived from the original on April 3, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  12. "Tokyo profile and fact sheet". GamesBids. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  13. 1 2 "Rio to stage 2016 Olympic Games". BBC. October 2, 2009. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  14. "Tokyo joins race for 2016 Games". BBC. March 8, 2006. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  15. "Japan chooses Tokyo for 2016 bid". BBC Sport. 2006-08-30. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  16. 1 2 3 4 "Tokyo Promotes Eco-Friendly Games". GamesBids. Retrieved March 13, 2008.
  17. "The World According to GaWC 2008". Globalization and World Cities Research Network. Retrieved August 25, 2009.
  18. "Tokyo-Yokohama Suburban Rail Summary (Commuter Rail, Regional Rail)" (PDF). The Public Purpose. October 2003. Retrieved August 25, 2009.
  19. 1 2 3 4 "Tokyo takes Chicago tack". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on December 10, 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  20. 1 2 3 4 5 "Tokyo 2016 Releases Olympic Bid Questionnaire Response". GamesBids. Retrieved March 13, 2008.
  21. "Weber Shandwick To Support Tokyo 2016". GamesBids. Retrieved March 13, 2008.
  22. "Tokyo hoping compact bid will win IOC vote". Yahoo! . Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  23. 豊洲の土壌汚染問題 五輪プレスセンター建設にも影響 [Toyosu Soil Pollution Problem; Effects on Olympics Press Center] (in Japanese). Sankei Shimbun. 2008-05-20. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
  24. "Venue Plan - Olympic - Tokyo 2016 Bid Committee". Tokyo 2016 Bid Committee. Archived from the original on 2009-03-08. Retrieved 2009-05-02.
  25. "GDO Back 9" (in Japanese). Gold Digest Online. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  26. "Tokyo Committed to Carbon-Minus Games". Tokyo 2016 Bid Committee. 2009-03-05. Archived from the original on 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2009-03-20.
  27. "Tokyo 2016 Unveil Highly Symbolic Logo". Tokyo 2016 Bid Committee. Archived from the original on 2007-12-28. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  28. "Chicago Makes 2016 Olympics Shortlist". CBS. 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2008-06-04.
  29. Hersh, Phillip (2007-09-13), "Chicago in 8-City Race for Olympics", Chicago Tribune
  30. "Ninety Two Million Citizens Support Tokyo 2016 Bid". GamesBids. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  31. "Tokyo bid suffers in IOC support poll of residents". London: Guardian.co.uk. 2009-05-02. Retrieved 2009-05-05.
  32. "Support Continues to Rise Above 70% in Latest Polls" (in Japanese). Yomiuri.co.jp. 2009-05-02. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  33. "Poll Shows Millions In Japan Aware Of Tokyo 2016 Bid". GamesBids. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  34. "Landmarks Promote Tokyo 2016 Bid". GamesBids. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  35. TSN is a local party, and it holds relationship with DPJ and SDPJ; SDPJ has no seats in the Assembly.
  36. オリンピックの東京招致になぜ反対? [Why Oppose Tokyo's Olympic Invitation?] (in Japanese). Shimbun Akahata. 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2009-09-12.

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">International Olympic Committee</span> Non-governmental sports organisation

The International Olympic Committee is a non-governmental sports organisation based in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is constituted in the form of an association under the Swiss Civil Code. Founded in 1894 by Pierre de Coubertin and Demetrios Vikelas, it is the authority responsible for organising the modern Olympic Games.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2020 Summer Olympics</span> 2021 multi-sport event in Tokyo, Japan

The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and also known as Tokyo 2020, was an international multi-sport event held from 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan, with some preliminary events that began on 21 July 2021. Tokyo was selected as the host city during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 7 September 2013.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ariake Coliseum</span> An indoor sporting arena in Japan

Ariake Coliseum is an indoor sporting arena in Ariake Tennis Forest Park located in Ariake, Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan. It has a capacity of 10,000 and is one of the few professional tennis venues which has a retractable roof.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Chicago bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics</span> Bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics

The Chicago bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics was an unsuccessful bid, first recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on September 14, 2007. The IOC shortlisted four of the seven applicant cities—Madrid, Spain; Tokyo, Japan; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Chicago, United States; over Baku, Azerbaijan; Doha, Qatar; and Prague, Czech Republic—on June 4, 2008, during a meeting in Athens, Greece. This was followed by an intensive bidding process which finished with the election of Rio de Janeiro at the 121st IOC Session in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 2, 2009.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bids for the 2016 Summer Olympics</span>

Seven cities submitted bids for 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics on September 13, 2007, aiming to host the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. All of them were recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on September 14, 2007, becoming Applicant cities. Although several cities submitted to be in consideration to host the 2016 Olympics, including New York City and Los Angeles, on June 4, 2008, the IOC Executive Board shortlisted the four strongest bids to become Candidate cities. Those cities were Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo; the decisions were made during a meeting in Athens, Greece. The remaining Applicant cities—Baku, Doha and Prague—were eliminated.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Rio de Janeiro bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics</span> Bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics

The Rio de Janeiro bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics was a successful bid to host the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and the XV Paralympic Games, respectively. It was submitted on September 7, 2007, and recognized as an Applicant city by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) one week after. On June 4, 2008, the IOC Executive Board shortlisted Rio de Janeiro with three of the six other Applicant cities—Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo; over Baku, Doha and Prague—becoming a Candidate city during the 2008 SportAccord Convention in Athens, Greece.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2028 Summer Olympics</span> Multi-sport event in Los Angeles, California, US

The 2028 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad, and commonly known as Los Angeles 2028 or LA28 is an upcoming international multi-sport event scheduled to take place from July 14 to July 30, 2028 in and around Los Angeles, California, United States.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Madrid bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics</span>

The Madrid bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics was an unsuccessful bid, first recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on September 14, 2007. The IOC shortlisted four of the seven applicant cities—Chicago, United States; Tokyo, Japan; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Madrid, Spain; over Baku, Azerbaijan; Doha, Qatar; and Prague, Czech Republic—on June 4, 2008 during a meeting in Athens, Greece. This was followed by an intensive bidding process which finished with the election of Rio de Janeiro at the 121st IOC Session in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 2, 2009.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bids for the 2018 Winter Olympics</span>

Three cities applied with bids to host the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in October 2009. The International Olympic Committee, under the leadership of Jacques Rogge, received three bids on October 15, 2009. The cities of Annecy, France, in the French Alps, Munich, Germany, and Pyeongchang, South Korea, a two-time previous bidder, competed for the hosting rights to the event. This was the lowest number of bidding cities since the 1988 Summer Olympics, coincidentally also won by South Korea. The winning bid was announced on July 6, 2011, at the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa by IOC President Jacques Rogge at 5.22 pm local time Pyeongchang beat Munich and Annecy in the first round of votes with 63 of the 95 total votes.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Osaka bid for the 2008 Summer Olympics</span>

Osaka 2008 was one of the five short-listed bids for the 2008 Games, presented by the city of Osaka, Japan. The city won its right to represent Japan over Yokohama when chosen by the Japanese Olympic Committee.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Venues of the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics</span>

The 2016 Summer Olympics, officially known as the "Games of the XXXI Olympiad", was an international multi-sport event held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to August 21, 2016.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Rome bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics</span> Bid to host the Summer Olympics

Rome 2020 was a proposed bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics by the city of Rome and the Italian National Olympic Committee. Rome had previously hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics. The bid for the 2020 Games was withdrawn due to the lack of support from the Italian government.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bids for the 2020 Summer Olympics</span>

There were six bids initially submitted for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Tokyo was ultimately elected as the host city at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 7 September 2013.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Tokyo bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics</span>

Tokyo 2020 was a successful bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics by the city of Tokyo and the Japanese Olympic Committee. On September 7, 2013 at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Tokyo won their bid to host the games. Tokyo previously hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics. On August 3, 2016 it was reported that the IOC approved the addition of five sports to the program of the 2020 Olympics including the return of baseball and softball. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Summer Olympics ended up being rescheduled from 24 July 2020 to 23 July 2021.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Volleyball at the 2020 Summer Olympics</span> Olympics event

The volleyball tournaments at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo were played between 24 July and 8 August 2021. 24 volleyball teams and 48 beach volleyball teams participated in the tournament. The indoor volleyball competition took place at Ariake Arena in Ariake, and the beach volleyball tournament at Shiokaze Park, in the temporary Shiokaze Park Stadium.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Venues of the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics</span>

The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially known as the "Games of the XXXII Olympiad", was an international multi-sport event held in Tokyo, Japan, from 23 July to 8 August 2021. Originally scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, it was postponed in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and was held largely behind closed doors with no spectators permitted under the state of emergency. Despite being rescheduled for 2021, the event retains the Tokyo 2020 name for marketing and branding purposes.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Toronto bid for the 2008 Summer Olympics</span> Unsuccessful bid for 2008 Summer Olympics

Toronto 2008 was one of the five short-listed bids for the 2008 Games, presented by the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Stockholm–Åre bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics</span>

Stockholm–Åre 2026 was an unsuccessful bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics by the cities of Stockholm and Åre and the Swedish Olympic Committee.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bids for the 2032 Summer Olympics</span> Selection of the host for the 2032 Summer Olympics

The selection of the host for the 2032 Summer Olympics saw a new process being introduced from 2019. The bidding process saw Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, chosen as the preferred and expected host that was officially certified by the IOC on the eve of the 2020 Summer Olympics on 21 July 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.