In 2020, the people of the world will not only bear witness to Japan hosting the 32nd Olympic Games but also to a whole new world of technological advances and opportunity for visitors to fully immerse themselves. It is predicted that this will be the most futuristic event the world has ever seen.
Tokyo last hosted the games in 1964 and is currently renovating some of the old venues for the games commencing 56 years later. This includes the football venues, the Heritage Zone, the Tokyo Bay Zone and several other sites over 8km from the Olympic Village. The renovation projects are making the event feel even more imminent to Japan’s residents, especially now the 2016 Rio Olympics has concluded. The newly upgraded venues will act as a legacy for Japan and will be a proud reminder of Tokyo hosting such a grand, worldwide event for years to come.
The Tokyo Olympics will welcome four completely new games to the line-up. 2020 will be the first to include karate, sport climbing, surfing and skateboarding. This will add 18 more medals and will welcome almost 500 new athletes. This is an exciting opportunity for a more diverse range of skilled individuals to participate in the games and it is also a bid to encourage young people to get involved and fully engage themselves. Skateboarding, for instance, is a popular hobby for many young adults and including this as a sport within the Olympic games is encouraging for young people to take skateboarding more seriously. It offers a real validation to the sport and may inspire young people to feel as though they could compete and take their hobby to the next level.
The Japanese community is already involved with the 2020 preparations, in this case, just by practising a green lifestyle. Various metals are required in order to produce the iconic Olympic medals and people are getting involved by doing something as simple and easy as recycling their old electronic devices. This allows them to be deconstructed and recycled in order to create the gold, silver and bronze medals. This process allows the community to make a personal and unique contribution to the games whilst also contributing to the welfare of the planet.
Japan is preparing for 2020 in their own unique, personal way, which is set to make the games possibly the most memorable yet. Japan is set to introduce a plethora of new technology. In 1964, the Shinkansen bullet train service was unleashed on the world, just ten days before the start of the Olympics. It can reach speeds up to 320km per hour and is one of the most punctual, comfortable and efficient trains in Japan. This was designed to bring people to Tokyo and to run precisely on time, meaning it was a very convenient mode of transport for this huge event.
The 2020 Olympics will again introduce technology designed to make this event both more convenient and accessible, but also an indelible masterpiece. Japan is notably the world’s leader in robotic technology and it is no surprise they intend to take advantage of this. It is planned that a small army of robots will welcome and look after international visitors if they need help with directions, transport or even if they require any translation. This is a real immersive piece of technology that allows people from many countries to really involve themselves in the event’s activities and allows Japan to really engage with the world. It is hoped that this will be the start of an age where robots will always be there to assist humans and will be an integrated part of society.
Another huge development which has really captured the interest of those in Japan is self-driving taxis, scheduled to be unveiled in time for the 2020 Olympics. Organisers say this is a key part of the event which will ensure visitors and participants in the games have a great experience, no matter what country they are visiting from or what language they speak.
The 2020 Olympics is going to be an innovative experience for everyone involved, from the residents of Japan to those visiting solely to watch and enjoy the games. There is so much for everybody to look forward to, whether it’s witnessing the first robot guides or taking part in an Olympic game that has never been incorporated before. Japan has so much to offer the world and so much they should be proud of.