The 2016 Rio Olympics came to a close in a spectacular fashion, and with it, we are on our way towards the 2020 Tokyo summer games.
During the presentation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a video featuring the prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, shows him being passed a red ball from an athlete. Abe was to take this red ball, signifying the Japanese flag, to the Rio Olympic ceremony.
As reported by Yahoo News, he then transforms into Super Mario, running into a pipe, and emerging out of nowhere in the middle of the closing ceremony, highlighting that there is a lot in store in the next Olympic games.
2020 Tokyo Olympics: Michael Phelps announces retirement
Several developments, both exciting and heart breaking, came about at the conclusion of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Most disappointing is the farewell of swimming star and legend Michael Phelps. A winner of 23 gold medals in total, Phelps revealed that he is retiring after the Rio Olympics.
Usain Bolt, the fastest man on the planet, also hinted at a possible retirement from athletics in 2017, suggesting his performance in Rio as his last in the Olympics. As reported by E! Online, Bolt said that his coach, though, is encouraging him for the 2020 Tokyo games.
2020 Tokyo Olympics: Usain Bolt hints at retirement
“My coach always says ‘Usain you can always go on to the 2020 Olympics if you want.’ So this is why he tells me to stop talking about retirement and just take it a year at a time,” Bolt said.
Simone Manuel, who became the first African American to achieve the feat of winning an individual swimming medal, is excited for the Tokyo games. Meanwhile, Danell Leyva, who won the silver medal on high bars, said he was uncertain about his participation in the 2020 Olympics. Speaking with NBC News, he said. “I don’t know yet, I gotta take some time off but maybe, we’ll see.”
Penny Oleksiak and Andre De Grasse, who have earned nearly a third of Canada’s total medals, are excited for the Tokyo Olympics. Credited with having earned a majority of the Canadian medals, and with their prime performance years ahead of them, they will be looking to better themselves in the subsequent years, as reported by the Globe and Mail.
The prime minister of Japan
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