Why everyone should still be excited for the Tokyo Olympics

Euro 2020 may be in the books, but the rescheduled Summer Olympics are right around the corner as all eyes turn towards Tokyo.

It’s safe to say there have been a few obstacles thrown in the direction of these Games between the overall preparations and the COVID-19 pandemic, but through it all, it finally seems as if the city is ready to welcome athletes from around the globe for a once in a lifetime spectacle.

With that being said, let’s run through a few of the reasons why we expect this to be such an intriguing few weeks.

New sports

Karate, skateboarding, climbing, surfing, softball.

These sports have either never appeared in the Summer Olympics or are making their return after a long absence, and we love that they’re playing a role. Some will claim they shouldn’t even be there but as the old saying goes, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it – because we’re talking about legitimate athletes here.

Post-Euros recovery

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Whether you’re an England fan or not doesn’t really matter, because everyone is suffering from post-Euros withdrawal. There was elite-level international football to watch every single day and now, there’s a month to wait before the Premier League gets underway.

Thankfully, through the Olympic tournament and all of the other action, there’s plenty to keep us occupied.

Sprinting drama

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Between the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, we’re not so sure there’s any better form of drama on earth than a good sprint race. Everything goes silent for just a few seconds, and then once the starting gun goes off, it’s go time. There’s so much unpredictability littered around these races and the thrill of it, quite bluntly, is out of this world.

All day, every day

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The BBC is ready to transform into the Olympic hub as it does so well every four years. There is going to be wall to wall coverage of just about every sport you can imagine, from rowing and archery to canoe slalom and tennis. It’s all about pacing yourself, though, so try and do a little bit of work in the midst of the absolute carnage that’s about to ensue.

The greatest show on earth

It almost goes without saying after over 100 years of joy and ecstasy, but the Summer Olympics serve as the pinnacle of sporting excellence. There are so very many champions out there just waiting to put that gold medal around their neck, and for the millions watching at home, we’re ready to be amazed by the last-minute wins, the comebacks and all of the drama we’ve come to expect from the Games.

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