When are the next Summer Olympics?
If this year's Games left you needing even more Olympics excitement in your life, then good news: You'll only have to wait two more years for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Just like the 2016 Rio Games, the 2020 Summer Olympics will take place in late July and early August -- Jul 24, 2020 through August 9, 2020, to be exact. The Opening Ceremony will take place on July 24.
Where will the next Summer Olympics be held?
The 2020 Summer Olympics will take place in Tokyo, Japan. The Games will mark the first time the Japanese capital has hosted the Summer Olympics since 1964 (the first to ever be held in Asia), and the second time it has hosted the Summer Olympics ever. It will also be the fourth time Japan has hosted the Olympics in total, counting the 1972 Winter Games in Sapporo 1998 Winter Games in Nagano.
Tokyo 2020 organizers are already touting the games as among the best ever. According to the official Olympics website, officials promise the Games will be “the most innovative ever organized, and will rest on three fundamental principles to transform the world: striving for your personal best (achieving your personal best); accepting one another (unity in diversity); and passing on a legacy for the future (connecting to tomorrow)."
What is Tokyo doing to prepare?
In response to new Olympic reforms, the Tokyo Games will use as many existing competition venues as possible, including some that were built for the Summer Games in 1964. Specifically, the iconic Nippon Budokan, Baji Koen Park, the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, and the Tokyo National Stadium. The latter venue, which will host the Opening Ceremony and the Close Ceremony, is getting a complete overhaul that will transform it into a new stadium. Even after reusing existing venues, the Tokyo Games will still take place at more than 30 venues throughout the city, according to its official website.
In a recent interview on CNBC, Tokyo 2020's Masa Takaya said preparations for the Games are "right on track." He went on to say that International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials regularly give organizers positive feedback after inspections during the preparations and that construction at the venues is going according to plan so far.
"We have one venue already completed, some existing sites being renovated, and construction on most of the prominent venues well underway," he said. Takaya went on to say that reusing existing venues will save the city approximately $2 billion. As for the total budget -- the most recent version, at least -- for the Games, Tokyo 2020 plans to spend $12.6 billion.