Tokyo 2020 All Set to Become the First Gender-Balanced Olympics in the History of the Games

Entertainment | March 23, 2021 | News

Tokyo 2020

When the 2020 Summer Olympics, also known as Tokyo 2020, begins in Tokyo, Japan on July 23, 2021, it will go down in history as the first gender-balanced Olympics, that will ensure equal visibility between women’s and men’s events.

Officially the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, the international multi-sport event is scheduled to be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021, though spectators from overseas will not be allowed this year. It was originally due to take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020, but was postponed in March, 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic spread worldwide.

The gender balance

According to the International Olympic Community (IOC) quota allocation, 48.8% of the athletes participating in Tokyo 2020 will be women. The ground-breaking competition schedule will feature nine more mixed events than at Rio Olympics 2016, raising the number to 18.

For the first time, the rules have been modified where all 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) should have at least one female and one male athlete in their respective Olympic teams. All 206 NOCs and the IOC Refugee Olympic Team will be encouraged to have their flag carried by one female and one male athlete at the opening ceremony.

Women’s participation in Olympics

Earlier, Paris 1900 saw 2.2%, London 1948 saw 9.5%, Los Angeles 1984 saw 23% women’s participation in Olympic Games; compared to these, Tokyo 2020 will see 48% women participants.

The Olympic Winter Games saw 4.3% women’s participation at the Chamonix 1924, Oslo 1952 saw 15.7%, Sarajevo 1984 saw 21.5%, Pyeong Chang 2018 saw 41% and Beijing 2022 is expecting 45.4% participation by women athletes.

Youth Olympic Games (Summer and Winter) had witnessed 47.6% women in Singapore 2010, 45.6% in Innsbruck 2012, Nanjing 2014 (Winter) – 49.2 %, Lillehammer 2016 (Winter) – 46.6% and Buenos Aires 2018 saw 49.7% women athletes participating in the Olympics.

As of January 1, 2019, 33% of IOC members are women and 30.8% of IOC Executive Board members are women. IOC has also created a Gender Equality Promotion Team to further promote gender and inclusion initiatives during the Games. 

The Tokyo Olympics will be followed by the Paralympics from August 24 to September 5, 2021. 

There will be a ground-breaking competition schedule at Tokyo 2020, which will ensure equal visibility between women’s and men’s events at the Olympics.

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