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Where Will The 2020 Summer Olympics Be Held?

A picture of the Olympic Rings in South Korea.

(Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

On Friday night, the 2016 Summer Olympics kicked off in Rio, with an opening ceremony starring Gisele Bundchen, a viral, oiled-up Tongan flag bearer, and plenty of Brazilian history. The games, which have seen their fair share of controversy already, follows up the well-regarded 2012 London games, and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The 2020 Olympics will take place in Japan, with Tokyo serving as the host city.

With the 2020 Olympics, Tokyo will join a list of just five cities to host two separate summer games. The city hosted the 1964 games. Athens (1896, 2004), London (1908, 1948, 2012), Los Angeles (1932, 1984), and Paris (1900, 1924) have also hosted multiple times. Tokyo edged out Istanbul and Madrid to win the bid for the games.

The 2020 Olympics are also very notable for the sports that are being added to the games. Baseball and softball return to the Olympics after being voted out by the International Olympic Committee in 2005. They are joined by karate, skateboarding, and surfing. From

IOC President Thomas Bach said, “We want to take sport to the youth. With the many options that young people have, we cannot expect any more that they will come automatically to us. We have to go to them. Tokyo 2020’s balanced proposal fulfils all of the goals of the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendation that allowed it. Taken together, the five sports are an innovative combination of established and emerging, youth-focused events that are popular in Japan and will add to the legacy of the Tokyo Games.”

Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori said, “The inclusion of the package of new sports will afford young athletes the chance of a lifetime to realise their dreams of competing in the Olympic Games – the world's greatest sporting stage – and inspire them to achieve their best, both in sport and in life.”

Asia will play host to the next three Olympic games. Pyeongchang, South Korea is set to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, while Beijing will host the 2022 Winter games.