Tokyo 2020: Together in solidarity
Published on August 9th, 2021
It was under difficult conditions for the 32nd Olympiad to be held.
After massive investment by Japan, to host the event meant risking recovery from the pandemic. For the athletes, so much effort had already been extended one year. For sports federations, their ability to support athletes relied on proceeds from the Olympics.
So from July 23 it began under the strictest of conditions, and at the closing ceremony on August 8, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach offered these final remarks:
Over the last 16 days, you amazed us with your sporting achievements. With your excellence, with your joy, with your tears, you created the magic of these Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
You were faster, you went higher, you were stronger, because we all stood together – in solidarity. You were competing fiercely with each other for Olympic glory. At the same time, you were living peacefully together under one roof in the Olympic Village. This is a powerful message of solidarity and peace.
You inspired us with this unifying power of sport. This was even more remarkable given the many challenges you had to face because of the pandemic. In these difficult times, you give the world the most precious of gifts: hope.
For the first time since the pandemic began, the entire world came together. Sport returned to center stage. Billions of people around the globe were united by emotion, sharing moments of joy and inspiration. This gives us hope. This gives us faith in the future.
The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 are the Olympic Games of hope, solidarity and peace.
You, the best athletes of the world, could only make your Olympic dream come true because Japan prepared the stage for you to shine. You, the Japanese people, can be extremely proud of what you have achieved. On behalf of all athletes, we say: Thank you, Tokyo! Thank you, Japan!
A special thanks goes to all the volunteers. The smiles in your eyes have warmed our hearts. A big thank you to all the volunteers!
Yes, these were unprecedented Olympic Games. It took us, the IOC and our Japanese partners and friends, an equally unprecedented effort to make them happen.
This is why I would like to thank the Japanese authorities at all levels, in particular Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide and Governor Koike Yuriko, for their steadfast commitment. Thank you for staying with us on the side of the athletes, who were longing so much for these Olympic Games.
Our deep gratitude and appreciation go to the Organizing Committee. Nobody has ever organised postponed Olympic Games before. Thank you to its President, my dear fellow Olympian, Hashimoto Seiko, and to all the dedicated people in the Organizing Committee for your great partnership and wonderful friendship.
The same is true for the solidarity demonstrated by everyone in the Olympic community. Our warm thanks go to the National Olympic Committees, the International Federations, our TOP Partners, sponsors and Rights-Holding Broadcasters for their truly outstanding show of unity and support.
We did it like athletes and for the athletes. We did it – together.
And now, I have to mark the end of this most challenging Olympic journey: I declare the Games of the 32nd Olympiad closed. In accordance with tradition, I call upon the youth of the world to assemble three years from now in Paris, France, to celebrate with us the Games of the 33rd Olympiad.
Race schedule was staggered for the ten sailing events from July 25 to August 4 in Enoshima, Japan.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Program
Men’s One Person Dinghy – ILCA 7
Women’s One Person Dinghy – ILCA 6
Men’s Two Person Dinghy – 470
Women’s Two Person Dinghy – 470
Men’s Skiff – 49er
Women’s Skiff – 49erFx
Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy – Finn
Men’s Windsurfing – RS:X
Women’s Windsurfing – RS:X
Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17
Original dates: July 24 to August 9, 2020
Revised dates: July 23 to August 8, 2021
Source: World Sailing