Tokyo Japan Sports
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang are the first ever Olympic Games to be held in Asia and the second in South Korea. Japan has hosted many international competitions, including the Olympic Games, World Championships, Asian Games, Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Tokyo hosted the Summer Games for the third time in 1964, Sapporo and Nagano in 1972. The Olympics have been held outside Japan three times: in 1998, 2002 and 2010 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Japan also participates in many other football events, including a number of international football tournaments such as the Asian Football Confederation Cup (AFC) and the Asian Champions League.
Sport has become very popular in Japan and you can choose from a wide range of sports such as baseball, basketball, football, football, volleyball, wrestling, gymnastics and tennis. For more sports - related events in and around Japan, please see our list of the most popular sports in Tokyo and Japan Sports. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to let us know what's going on and what exciting events are set to take place in 2019.
The 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo from July 24 to August 9, and now is a good time to explore the possibility of adding new sports to the 2020 Olympics. Olympic movement before new ground, here are some key questions.
There are several tournaments at the national level, but there are only international tournaments that will be held in Japan in 2020. Here we present some of the most popular sports, such as basketball, baseball, football and football, that are played all over the world, except for the Olympic Games. Of course, there are a number of other sports excluded from the Olympics, such as tennis, volleyball, basketball and golf, among others.
The tournament, which takes place six times a year, pits players from East and West against each other in a series of tournaments held annually in Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka. It is also televised in Japan and takes place every two years, with the exception of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the 2022 World Cup.
Sumo wrestling probably originates in Japan, as its governing body is the Japanese Sumo Association. The Japanese Association of Sports Teachers later became the Japanese Amateur Athletics Association in 1911 and the first National Olympic Commission of Japan (NOK) in 1936, which is still represented at the Olympic Games today. For those who are perhaps more familiar with sumo, it is a sport that springs to mind immediately when you think of Japan.
While women's football is less popular in the national tournament, Japan's women's national soccer team, known as Nadeshiko Japan, has attracted a wave of attention after its victory over the US. Although women's football is less popular at national tournaments, it is still popular in Japan as a sport in general and especially among women.
The popularity of baseball in Japan undoubtedly plays a role in taking the sport to the 2020 Olympics. Rugby is not a great sport in Japan but it is gaining in appeal with the 2019 World Cup in Tokyo.
Japan is hosting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and it has been decided that Japan will host the 2020 Games and the 2021 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo.
Tokyo's organizers and the IOC have repeatedly said that the Tokyo Games will go ahead as planned and that they are following the advice of the World Health Organization. The decision to postpone or cancel the Games has been looming in the Tokyo organising committee for several months, but not for long.
People around the world are excited about the Olympics, but don't forget that there are many more sporting events. For more information on current sporting events in Tokyo, from kickboxing to professional wrestling, please receive a copy of our free weekly magazine Metropolis or contact the Tourist Information Centre.
Although Japan is still a powerhouse internationally, basketball is still a popular sport, and traditional martial arts such as judo and kendo are popular, as are sports imported from overseas. American sports like baseball and football have even been adapted by Japan, and although the sports calendar is filled with events, there are also numerous sports that operate in more traditional niches. Given this very sporting country, it is no surprise that importing sports from abroad is popular, even if they are not as popular in Japan.
The sport's spread is largely attributed to Korean and Japanese former sumo wrestlers, who made Japan a hero in the era of combat. Association Football was introduced to Japan during the Meiji period by a foreign consultant hired by the Japanese government.
The Japanese Olympic Organising Committee nominated Sapporo on 9 June 1937, and on 13 March 1938 the IOC confirmed the Sappora Winter Games. The decision was taken at the Olympic Games in Japan to help Japanese players prepare themselves in the best possible way to enable the development of sport in Japan and international competition. This is the idea behind the San Francisco - Scrum Ventures and the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Committee merging to form Sports Tech Tokyo.