September 22, 2021, Wednesday
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Olympic Games: Sayonara Tokyo, Bonjour Paris

The Nepal Weekly
August 10, 2021

By Arun Ranjit

After over a year of uncertainty and struggle, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 finally saw. The Games come to a close on Sunday saying Sayonara Tokyo, Bonjour Paris!!!

The world’s greatest athletes gathered in eerily empty venues for the 32nd edition of the Summer Games that was delayed for a full year by the COVID-19 pandemic and chock full of enduring and unprecedented scenes.

Thousands of people partied in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower on Sunday to watch the closing ceremony of the delayed 2020 Olympics and celebrate the French capital’s status as host of the 2024 showpiece.

The contrast was dramatic after the Tokyo Games played out in mostly empty stadia and under strict Covid-19 protocols.

As the Olympic games conclude in Tokyo, the next city to host, Paris, has already started its celebration. The 33rd Summer Olympics 2024 is scheduled to take place from 26 July to 11 August 2024 in Paris, France.

During the closing ceremony on Sunday, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo received and waved an Olympic flag in the Tokyo stadium, a traditional pass to the next city. But the celebration then had a few twists to how the handover is usually done.

French president Emmanuel Macron delivered short remarks, saying the updated Olympic motto: “Faster, Higher, Stronger. Together.” On stage near the Eiffel Tower were also French Olympic athletes who had returned from the Tokyo games.

Head of the 2024 organizing committee, Tony Estanguet said “all the indicators are green.”

Tokyo is the first city in Asia to hold the Summer Games twice. The Summer Paralympics will be held between 24 August and 5 September 2021, 16 days after the completion of the Olympics.

The 2020 Games are the fourth Olympic Games to be held in Japan, following the Tokyo 1964 (Summer), Sapporo 1972 (Winter), and Nagano 1998 (Winter) games. 

Now, Paris hosted the Summer Olympics in 1924, becoming the first city to host the Olympics twice in Europe after a century.

From Paris, Los Angeles of the United States will host the 2028 Olympic Games from July 21 to August 6, 2028. It will be the third time Los Angeles has been the host city. The Summer Olympics took place in LA in 1932 and 1984.

After Los Angeles, the Games will head to Australia for the third time with Brisbane to host the 2032 Olympics, which correspond to the Games of the XXXV Olympiad. Sydney 2000 is widely regarded as one of the finest Games of the modern era and Melbourne played host to the Olympics in 1956.

Brisbane was officially named as host city for the 2032 Games on 21 July, two days before the Tokyo Olympics got underway,

MEDALS

The United States topped the medal count by both total golds (39) and total medals (113), with China finishing second by both respects (38 and 88). Host nation Japan finished third. Great Britain and Russia finished in fourth and fifth positions.

The world has been united once more through the power of sport and showed we are #StrongerTogether.

Opposed by many in the host city, the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games was inaugurated without spectators. Only Olympic delegates and staff were at the stadium.

More than 11,000 athletes from 206 nations attend the Tokyo Opening Ceremony as source indicates. The Nepali squad marched past carrying a Nepal flag by swimmers Miss Gaurika Singh and Alexander Shah.

The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and branded as Tokyo 2020, was an international multi-sport event held from 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan,

Competitions were held in 339 events of 33 games in the Olympics. Where over 11,000 players from around the world presented their challenge.

BOYCOTT

The 1984 Olympic Games boycott by the Soviet led blocs and 1996 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles and Atlanta of the US gave Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton a chance to bask in reflected patriotic glory before winning re-election.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter called a boycott of the Moscow Games over the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and months later lost his job.

In 2008, President George W. Bush agonized over whether to go to Beijing over human rights concerns.

But there is little excitement in the Japanese capital, where an estimated 85,000 delegates – including athletes, officials and reporters –were converging for the global sporting events.

Also, forty-nine years after the 1972 massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics, Friday’s opening ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics included, for the first time, an official commemoration of those who died in the terror attack.

The Israeli delegation that was killed at the Munich Games was specifically mentioned. A moment of silence was offered inside the stadium, alongside a dance performance honoring the dead.

Maybe the five ring circus can work its magic again. Hopefully, the Olympic flame will burn away the fear or provide a measure of catharsis after a year of suffering and uncertainty in Japan and around the world.

In every major sports event, like the FIFA World Cup or the Olympics, there’s always a huge celebration and a positive vibes surrounding such events. Hosting these events are usually a great honor to the selected countries and bring a lot of favorable consequences with it.

The big sporting events could actually bring more benefit than loss to the selected countries to host it, which are to bring positive economic and cultural benefits.

For the hosting countries, organizing the events could promote development for the educational legacy and eradicate poverty throughout the citizens as it could benefit the hosting countries’ economic and cultural benefits.

The Olympics have a very wide reach in this modern day. This is a plus especially with the existence of today’s social media and the Internet. On the economic side, it could actually be a very powerful marketing and publishing tool for the host country. This eventually increases the economic level of the country that is hosting it, as they will receive visitors from all over the world and they will eventually spend their money to the host countries, thus improving their economics.