After an unprecedented postponement due to covid-19, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will host on July 23 the inauguration of the most unique and bittersweet edition of the competition, which will barely have an audience.
These are some of the figures that define the “bubble” Games of the pandemic, the most equal, the most expensive and those that will have fewer fans, none, in the stadium stands:
– ZERO: the number of fans who will attend the Olympic competitions live; Foreigners were first banned and then local fans at sports venues in and around Tokyo, Hokkaido and Fukushima.
– 2: the times that Tokyo has been the host city of the Olympic Games, after the edition held in October 1964.
– 9: the number of prefectures hosting venues (Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Ibaraki, Fukushima, Miyagi, and Hokkaido).
– 11: the number of medals to be awarded on July 24, the first day of competition after the inauguration.
– 33: the number of sports in competition, of which four will debut as Olympic disciplines (sport climbing, surfing, skateboarding and karate) and one, baseball / softball, which was part of the official program between 1992 and 2008, is now back on the calendar.
– 42: the number of sports venues that will host competitions. Eight are newly built, including the Olympic stadium, and the rest are existing or temporary sports halls.
– 49 %: percentage of female participation, which makes Tokyo 2020 the most equal Games.
– 85 %: The percentage of athletes and other members of the Olympic teams who will travel to Japan vaccinated, according to data from the organizers.
– 121: the total days that the Olympic torch relay will last for Japan until it reaches the Tokyo Olympic state.
– 205: the number of countries and territories that are expected to participate in the Tokyo Games. A total of 206 countries, through their national Olympic committees, are part of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and all of them are required to participate, although North Korea announced its withdrawal. They will be joined by a team of refugee athletes, under the IOC flag.
– 230 and 310: the daily number of doctors and nurses established by the organization to attend to the participants.
– 339: the number of tests that make up the sports program of the Olympic Games.
– 539: the number of events during the Paralympics.
– 1.400: kilometers on the so-called “Olympic route”, the road and transport network that connects the different venues with Tokyo.
– 1.796: the number of days elapsed since Tokyo took over as the host city of the Olympic Games. at the closing ceremony of the Rio Games on August 22, 2016 and until the opening of the Tokyo event on July 23.
– 5.000: the number of medals manufactured from 78,985 tons of recycled material, including small electronic devices or 6.21 million mobile phones.
– 11.100: the approximate number of athletes expected to participate in the different competitions of the Tokyo Olympics. Some 4,400 athletes will be in the Paralympics.
– 80.000: the approximate number of daily COVID tests that the organizers expect to be carried out on athletes, coaches and other participants.
– 1.64 trillion yen (about 12,600 million euros / 14,900 million dollars) to which the official budget amounts after the costs of the delay of the competition and the anticovid measures. They will be the most expensive Games in history, a condition they already had even before the postponement.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.