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FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TOKYO OLYMPICS

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Farouq Oduola A.

1. DESPITE THE FACT THAT 193 COUNTRIES ARE INVOLVED, THERE ARE 205 TEAMS:

Many people have been surprised by the fact that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have delegates from over 200 teams given the fact that only 193 countries have registered for the event.

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The reason is that a country must have a National Olympic Committee recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in order to send delegates to the Olympic Games.

There are currently 206 of these committees, however only 205 of them are participating, with the remaining one not taking part owing to covid-19 restrictions in their nation.

2. YOUNGEST AND OLDEST PARTICIPANTS:

At the age of 12, Hend Zaza becomes the youngest athlete at the Tokyo Olympics.

Zaza, a Syrian girl, was exactly 12 years and 204 days old when she made her debut in a preliminary match on July 24 becoming the youngest ever table tennis Olympian.

Zaza would have made her debut at the age of 11 if the Games had not been postponed for a year owing to the coronavirus outbreak.

Mary Hanna, an Australian, is the oldest competitor in Tokyo, at 66 years old and she is 54 years older than Zaza.

Hanna is an equestrian rider who is competing in her seventh Olympics, making her the second-oldest female athlete to compete in an Olympics.

3. NUMBER OF ATHLETES:

There are 11,091 athletes competing in the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympics, contesting in 41 different sports and 339 events.

The United States has the most athletes (613), while China is in a distant second place with 431 participants. The competition has 376 athletes from the United Kingdom.

4. DECISION ON CONDOM USAGE:

One of the most amusing aspects of the Tokyo Olympics was the condom usage requirement imposed on competitors by the game’s organizers. The organizers handed 160,000 condoms to athletes in the Olympic Village, but they’re not allowed to use them.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tokyo organizers ask athletes to refrain from any form of intimate physical activity outside of their sport.

5. NEW EVENTS:

Five new sports have been added to the Tokyo Olympics game, bringing the total number of sports to 33. Karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, softball/baseball, and surfing are the five sports included.

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