The Tokyo Olympics in figures

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Tokyo (AFP)

Tokyo Olympics organizers have scrambled to reduce the cost and scale of the 2020 Games after a historic postponement, but the numbers involved are still staggering.

Here are some key figures from the sporting extravagance, which opens on July 23:

– 15,400 athletes –

Athletes from 205 countries and regions will compete in the Tokyo Games, with more than 11,000 Olympic athletes and 4,400 Paralympic athletes.

Tens of thousands of other coaches, staff, officials, IOC members, media and broadcasters also travel to Japan for the Games.

Those hoping for a medal are 12-year-old Syrian table tennis player Hend Zaza to 66-year-old Australian equestrian Mary Hanna making her sixth Olympic appearance.

– $ 14.8 billion –

The final budget for the postponed Games was set at 1.64 trillion yen, including about $ 0.9 billion (98.9 billion yen) for virus countermeasures.

The delay pushed up spending by 294 billion yen ($ 2.68 billion), from staff retention to new infection control measures.

But organizers have cut costs where possible, including cuts on pricey extras like banners, mascots and fireworks.

– 33 sports –

From archery to wrestling, Olympic athletes will compete in 339 events in 33 sports, including four for the first time: karate, skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing.

Japan’s beloved baseball and its equivalent of women’s softball will also return to the Tokyo Games after a 13-year hiatus – but like karate, they won’t continue in Paris in 2024.

And in another move towards less traditional and action-packed disciplines, freestyle BMX and 3×3 basketball have been added to the cycling and basketball programs.

The Paralympic Games will feature 22 sports, including rowing, taekwondo and wheelchair fencing, with a total of 539 events.

– 43 places –

From a state-of-the-art aquatic center to a historic martial arts arena, Japan’s 43 Olympic and Paralympic venues are located in two main areas.

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These are the “Tokyo Bay Area” in the capital’s bustling port district, and the more central “heritage area” comprising several venues from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Events taking place outside the capital include cycling, with road runners tackling the slopes of Mount Fuji, and the Olympic Marathon in the cooler climates of Sapporo City.

Football and baseball will be partly played in the northern Tohoku region to show its recovery from the devastating 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.

– 20,000 virus tests per day –

Athletes will be tested for coronavirus daily at the Games, with confirmed positive cases not allowed to compete and placed in hotel or hospital isolation.

It is estimated that 20,000 tests will be performed daily, Tetsuya Miyamoto, senior director of the medical services department at the Tokyo 2020 operations office, told reporters during a visit to the Olympic Village.

Of these, 100 are expected to be performed at a dedicated fever clinic, which will be used to test and isolate people suspected of having Covid-19 infection or considered close contacts.

– 6.21 million old phones –

The 5,000 Tokyo Games gold, silver and bronze medals are made entirely from recycled metal, extracted from nearly 79,000 tonnes of used consumer electronics, including laptops, game consoles and digital cameras.

As part of the project, 6.21 million old cell phones were donated by Japanese electronics stores, schools and the general public, who deposited their goods in yellow donation boxes at post offices and the street corner.

At Rio 2016, about a third of the silver and bronze medals were made from recycled materials.

– 160,000 condoms –

Although athletes were warned to “avoid unnecessary forms of physical contact” during the Games to reduce the risk of Covid infection, organizers plan to distribute 160,000 free condoms after the event.

They are supposed to be “brought back by athletes to their respective home countries and help them support the” HIV / AIDS awareness campaign, according to Tokyo 2020.

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