After months of public pressure and decisions on the fate of the Games, the Summer Games of the 32nd Olympiad in Tokyo are now officially open, one year after its initial start date. Much of the Opening Ceremony this year was pre-recorded due to public health protocols, but the festivities still featured masterful presentations such as the Earth-shaped drones. While Japan’s most beloved anime characters were absent, Nintendo did make an appearance alongside numerous classic themes from Japanese gaming franchises. In the end, Naomi Osaka capped off the event by lighting the stadium cauldron.
The 2020 Games are set to become the largest Olympic gathering ever with 33 sports and 339 events, where five of the sports are newly introduced. I will be looking to post some featured content on the history of the Games throughout the duration of the Olympics. In the meantime, head over to the links below for my projected medal tally and medallists for every event. Hope to see you back here!
Updated predictions of all 339 events at the 2020 Summer Olympics. Use this as a definitive guide to the top competitors for every event.
The total tally of projected medals won by each country based off my event predictions.
Two days before the Opening Ceremony, Sweden handed USA a massive upset in their Women’s Football opening match with a 3–0 shutout. The loss snapped a 44-game international winning streak for the Americans.
China’s Qian Yang won the first gold medal of the Games at the Women’s 10 m Air Rifle in sport shooting, setting an Olympic record at the same time.
Above Featured Photo: Naomi Osaka lights the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony. (Getty Images)