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Arigato Tokyo Olympics 2020!

These were the Olympic Games of hope, solidarity and peace. Arigato Japan!

Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, closed the Games saying to the Japanese people "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." He then finished saying “I declare the games closed. See you in Paris”.

During these Games we have been posting on Facebook and Instagram, focussing daily on an athlete, a sport, the sporting venue and also nearby tourist areas. Click on the links below for the 2nd week's highlights and venues continuing from Day 9. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for further updates, venue descriptions and sightseeing suggestions for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Sunday Day 9, the Table Tennis preliminaries had Australia’s women’s team matched against Germany at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. The team consisted of Melissa Tapper, Michelle Bromley and six-time Olympian Jian Fang Lay competing against Germany in Round 16 of the team table tennis tournament. Until this month, few Australian sports fans had heard of Jian Fang Lay. See more >>>

Monday Day 10 - Andrew James Hoy OAM, aged 62, has become Australia's oldest Olympic medallist after winning silver and bronze medals in the equestrian competition in his eighth Games appearance, originally debuting in the 1984 Los Angeles Games. Hoy is a member of Australia's trio who won silver in the team eventing competition, competing with teammates Kevin McNab and Shane Rose, to finish second to Great Britain in the team competition. It was a remarkable performance from all three Australians. See more >>>

On Tuesday, Day 11, Australia’s Boomers beat Argentina in the Men’s Basketball quarter-final at the Saitama Super Arena. The Boomers’ defence proved too strong as they toppled Argentina 97-58. The Boomers are now set to take on the USA in the semi-finals. At the end of the match the Boomers give a standing ovation for Argentine basketball legend Luis Scol. See more >>>

On Wednesday, Day 12, we saw Australia's Poppy Starr Olsen place 5th in the inaugural Olympic Women’s Park Skateboarding event. Taking the gold medal was 19-year old Sakura Yosozumi from Japan, silver was won by 12-year old Kokona Hiraki also from Japan and bronze by 13-year old Sky Brown from Great Britain. The average age of competitors was just under 15 years of age and the women showcased true sporting spirit and camaraderie in Tokyo at the Ariake Urban Sports Park. See more >>>

Thursday Day 13 and we win more medals in track-and-field. The previous day Peter Bol just missed out on a coveted Olympic medal, finishing a sensational fourth in the men’s 800m final. Bol stayed ahead until the final bend but was overtaken on the home straight with only 60m to the finish line. He was hoping to become the first Australian in 50 years to win an Olympic gold medal in a men’s track event. Sadly he didn’t win a medal but this Sudanese-born Australian runner instead won the hearts of Australians with his magnificent effort!

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Friday Day 14 – Karate is one of four new sports to debut at the Tokyo Olympic Games along with skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing. Tokyo 2020 Olympics may be the first and the last time this Japanese martial art has a spot in the Olympic Games. Karate officials had been fighting for its place in the Olympics for decades and had hoped the sport’s inclusion in Tokyo would secure its long-term Olympic future, especially due to karate’s popularity in France and Paris hosting the 2024 Games. See more >>>

Saturday Day 15 and two events to showcase – Women’s High Jump at Olympic Stadium and Artistic Swimming at Tokyo Aquatics Centre. Nicola McDermott wins silver for Australia setting a new 2.02m national record in the Women’s High Jump event. It is Australia's first medal in the event in 57 years since Michele Brown won silver at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. She literally lifted the bar by being the first in the competition to go over 2:00m and was the first Australian to achieve this height in another competition earlier this year. See more >>>

Sunday Day 16 - Aussies were being Aussies at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics! Our athletes let their hair down and enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate their achievements. The Australian flag was carried into the stadium by sailing gold medallist Mathew Belcher, the country's most successful Australian sailor in Olympic history. Decathlon bronze medallist Ash Moloney carried a teammate around the Olympic Stadium perched on his sholders, there was flag waving, dancing, smiles and laughter.

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Written by Rondell Herriot, Co-Managing Director Saizen Tours

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