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Belarus at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo

Belarus will take part in the 32rd Summer Olympic Games, which due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic were postponed for a year and are to take place in Tokyo on 23 July-8 August 2021. The games will feature 339 medal events in 33 sports.

In 2021, Japan will welcome its fourth Olympic Games. The country has already hosted the Summer Games in 1964 (Tokyo), and the Winter Games twice, in 1972 (Sapporo) and in 1998 (Nagano). More than half a century ago, in 1964, the capital hosted its first Summer Games, which became a real technological breakthrough in terms of organization and conduct of the event. Among the achievements, for example, were a massive satellite TV broadcast, thanks to which people in many countries of the world saw the event live for the first time.

About 12,500 of the world's top athletes are expected to take part in the upcoming games in Tokyo. The Olympic marathon and race walking events during Tokyo 2020 have been moved to Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido from the capital due to worries about heat.

Officially, Japan was announced as host of the 2020 Games at the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires in September 2013. Tokyo beat the bids of Spanish Madrid and Turkish Istanbul.

The logo of the 2020 Olympics is a ring in traditional Japanese indigo and white, resembling an ancient checkered pattern of the Edo era. It symbolizes the diversity of countries and cultures united by sport. The Paralympics 2020 also has a harmonious checkered emblem. The logos have been designed by Asao Tokolo.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascots are fun anime robots styled with the indigo blue Ichimatsu pattern from the Tokyo 2020 Games emblem.

Miraitowa, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascot, is named after the Japanese words mirai (future) and towa (eternity) combined. According to the Tokyo 2020 organizers, the name "was chosen to promote a future full of eternal hope in the hearts of people all over the world.

Someity, Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games mascot, is named after someiyoshino, a type of cherry blossom, and echoes the English phrase "so mighty". It represents Paralympic athletes who overcome obstacles and redefine the boundaries of what is possible.

The Tokyo 2020 program will feature new sports: karate, surfing, skateboarding, sports climbing (all making their debut in the Olympics), and baseball/softball (returning to the Olympic stage after a 12-year hiatus). Green light has also been given to 16 new events:

  • rowing – women’s lightweight four;
  • basketball – 3х3 (men, women);
  • cycling – madison (men, women); BMX (men, women);
  • judo – mixed team event;
  • track and field – 4х400 mixed event;
  • table tennis – mixed doubles;
  • swimming – 800m freestyle (men), 1500m freestyle (women), 4х100 mixed medley;
  • archery – mixed team event;
  • triathlon – mixed team relay;
  • fencing – women’s team foil, men’s team saber.

The Olympics 2020 promises to be the most eco-friendly event. It is expected that the Athletes Village and competition venues will be powered by solar panels and wind turbines. Japan will also use robot assistants such as, for example, translators and carriers.

The Tokyo 2020 medals (a total of 5,000) have been partially made of recycled electronic devices. Japan recycled nearly 79,000 of electronics, including 6.21 million cellphones. 

Team Belarus at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Belarus expects to win around 110-120 berths for the upcoming Olympic Games. The country plans to field around 300 athletes to compete in 124 events in 30 sports.

So far (as of early February 2021), the Olympic qualifying requirements and standards have been met by 74 Belarusian athletes in 16 sports. They include both sports stars – winners and medalists of the world and European championships, the Olympic and European Games – and up-and-coming athletes who performed well at major sports events.

Some berths for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are not individual and a lot of major competitions in many sports are yet to take place, this is why the final roster of Team Belarus will be announced later. According to the preliminary data (thanks to the secured individual berths and high rankings in major tournaments), Team Belarus at the 2020 Summer Olympics will include:

Rowing: Anastasiia Ianina, Alena Furman, Siarhei Valadzko, Dzmitry Furman

Wrestling: freestyle – Irina Kurachkina, Greco-Roman – Nikolai Stadub

Cycling: Tatsiana Sharakova (road)

Canoe: Belarus has a strong, successful team in this sport. After a series of international events, Belarus will choose 18 athletes to represent the country at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Leaders of the team, who hold a lot of prizes of world tournaments and ten medals of the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019, include Volha Khudzenka, Maryna Litvinchuk, Alena Nazdrova, Nadzeya Makarchanka, Volha Klimava, Aleh Yurenia, and others.

Equestrian: Alexander Zelenko, Aliaksandr Faminou, Hanna Karasiova

Athletics: Volha Mazuronak, Nina Savina, Aliona Dubitskaya, Nastassia Ivanova, Dzmitry Dziubin, Karyna Demidik, Elvira Herman, Tatsiana Khaladovich, Hanna Malyshik, Darya Barysevich, Hleb Dudarau, Viktoryia Rashchupkina, Alina Talay, Iryna Zhuk, Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, Maksim Nedasekau

Sailing: Tatiana Drozdovskaya, Artiom Javadov

Swimming: Anastasia Shkurdai, Ilya Shimanovich, Aksana Dziamidava, Mikita Tsmyh

Trampolining: Uladzislau Hancharou, Ivan Litvinovich

Modern pentathlon: Volha Silkina, Iryna Prasiantsova

Artistic Gymnastics: Anastasiya Alistratava, Andrei Likhavitski

Archery: Karyna Kazlouskaya, Karyna Dziominskaya, Hanna Marusava

Shooting: Maria Martynova, Yuri Shcherbatsevich

Rhythmic gymnastics: Katsiaryna Halkina, Anastasiia Salos, Arina Tsitsilina, Anastasiya Rybakova, Karyna Yarmolenka, Hanna Shvaiba, Hanna Haidukevich, Aryna Sushchynskaya

Lukashenko instructs to keep close eye on every Olympian ahead of Olympics

First Deputy Sport and Tourism Minister Vyacheslav Durnov has been confirmed as chef de mission of the Belarusian delegation at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The brand of the national Olympic team is TEAM BY. It was unveiled in December 2018 and it is in Tokyo that it will be used officially for the first time. The key element of the team logo and one of the most recognizable symbols of Belarus is the stork. The stork has been chosen the mascot of the Olympic team.

Viber is the official messaging app of the Belarusian Olympic team. The app, which was born and continues developing in Belarusian software development centers, has supported Belarusian athletes. The app is now an asset owned by the Japanese company Rakuten. By the way, the National Olympic Committee of Belarus was the first out of the 206 national Olympic committees that make part of the International Olympic Committee to launch an official community in Viber. A special sticker pack to support Team Belarus was made available in the messaging app in summer 2019.

Belarusian companies Solo-Pinsk and Svitanak are designing the Team Belarus outfit for the Tokyo Olympics. Belarus President, President of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko was made familiar with the basic sets in December 2019.

Belarusian fan zones during the 2020 Olympic Games

People willing to root for Belarusian Olympic athletes and to get a closer look at our country – sport achievements, culture, traditions, and places of interest – will be able to do so in fan zones, which will be opened during the Tokyo Olympics.

Such fan zones will be opened in several cities in Japan:

  • Tokyo – the Belarusian cuisine restaurant Minsk;
  • Tachikawa (Tokyo Prefecture);
  • Shiroishi (Miyagi Prefecture);
  • Noboribetsu (Iburi Subprefecture, Hokkaido Prefecture).

Apart from watching Belarusian athletes compete, visitors will be able to see themed exhibitions about Belarus, the history and achievements of Belarusian Olympic athletes, and Belarus-Japan relations. Presentations of Belarusian products, samplings of national dishes and beverages are also supposed to take place.

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