The Summer Olympics finally launch this Friday in Tokyo, so WalletHub put together some interesting facts and stats about the Games. Here are 10 highlights:
1. The estimated cost of the Summer Olympics is $26 BILLION, which is mostly why Japan is pushing forward with it, despite 80% of the population NOT wanting the Games to happen due to the pandemic.
That’s partially because the country has lagged on vaccinations. Only 21% of the population is fully vaccinated. The U.S. is currently at 48%.
2. COVID-19 countermeasures alone cost around $900 million . . . and Japan is losing more than $15 billion because they’ve had to ban spectators. (That estimate was back when Japan was going to allow locals to attend. Now ALL spectators will be shut out.)
3. This is the second time Japan is hosting. They also had the Olympics in 1964.
4. More than 11,000 athletes from 205 countries and territories plan to participate.
5. Around 5,000 medals are up for grabs, across 50 disciplines in 33 sports.
And get this: They were made out of recycled metals from 79,000 tons of small electronic devices like cell phones. The gold, silver, and bronze were extracted from them.
6. Two sports are making a comeback this year: Baseball for men and Softball for women. They’d both been out since 2008.
7. Four new sports are making their Olympic debuts: Karate, Sport Climbing, Surfing, and Skateboarding.
8. In all, there will be 339 sporting events at this year’s Games, and they will take place across 42 venues . . . 33 in Tokyo, and nine in other co-host cities.
9. Just one country pulled out of the Olympics due to the pandemic: North Korea.
10. The U.S.A. has won 2,523 Summer Olympic medals throughout history, and that’s more than any other country.